The idea of the reading lab was originally inspired by the science department at the middle school where I teach. This particular lab concept is designed to help students grapple with small chunks of challenging texts and apply reading strategies that they have learned throughout the year in order to build their comprehension. Grade-level texts are specially selected to align with a whole group novel that is read over a course of 3 weeks. An essential question is posed to the students requiring them to synthesize the information from the novel, with information learned from the reading activities in the lab and then applied to an overarching world view on a particular topic. As students engage in reading tasks using varying modalities of learning, the hopeful expectation is that students will build automaticity in applying these same reading strategies every time they come across a text.
Designed to be a spiral review of 8 different literacy-based Common Core Standards
Culminating novel study activity helping to build background knowledge of topics and issues presented in the novel
Designed to facilitate engagement for all learning modalities
Interactive stations with short (5 minute) activities to build reading skills
Intended to support Intensive reading classes with on-grade level activities after having read lower level text
Anticipated written end product for students to demonstrate mastery in analysis, application and synthesis of information read.