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The following will be addressed during the academic year in each respective class for students.

In mathematics students should:

 *      develop and analyze tables, charts and graphs in their schoolwork often;

*      use a scientific calculator weekly;

*      solve mathematics problems other than those in the textbook at least weekly;

*      work with one or more students in their class on a challenging mathematics assignment monthly or weekly;

*      explain to the class — both orally and in writing — how they solved a mathematics problem monthly or weekly;

 *      explain different ways to solve mathematics problems monthly or weekly; and

*      use their mathematics skills to solve problems in other classes monthly or weekly.

*      write research papers in all classes. This allows students to choose a topic of interest and develop their abilities as self-directed learners.

*      write weekly in all classes as a way to deepen student understanding and retention of subject matter content. 

In reading students should:

 *      develop and apply strategies to decode appropriate reading material with fluency

 *      connect prior knowledge and experience to new reading to construct meaning and respond to text

*      create and share responses to literature orally and in writing

*      refer to the text and locate supporting evidence when writing or discussing a response to literature

*      participate effectively in literature discussion groups:

*      formulating questions about the text

*      listening and responding to points made by other group members

*      developing a cohesive argument based on textual evidence

*      relating reading to other selections read

*      choose books that are appropriate for independent reading

*      develop an appreciation for literature that will result in lifelong reading habits  

When reading fiction, students should be able to:

*      identify literary elements (setting, character, plot, conflict, foreshadowing, climax, resolution, theme)

*      summarize important ideas based on the story structure

*      elaborate upon individual literary elements

*      read a wide variety of literature including novels, short stories, plays, poetry

*      read a variety of genres including realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, and mystery  

When reading non-fiction students should be able to:

*      identify the five expository text structures - main idea and details, sequence, cause and   effect, compare/contrast, problem/solution

*      connect prior knowledge with new concepts to be learned

*      use a variety of strategies to organize comprehension during and after reading

*      identify main ideas and use them to summarize orally or in writing

*      interpret information presented in diagrams, graphs, tables, and charts

*      read a wide variety of non-fiction genres including biography, history, science writing, and essays