Objectives of the Title One Reading Program
The Reading Strategies class may be accessed and scheduled by any Pathfinder student at any grade level: freshmen through senior year. It is designed to promote improved literacy skills for students with diverse learning styles. It is a supportive classroom which recognizes individual learning differences. This includes assistance and instruction in reading comprehension and written expression embedding in the common core curriculum. Literacy is all encompassing, accordingly, the RS class provides assistance to the student in need of comprehending their core academic classes: English, History, Science and Related, providing extra time to finish tests, get assistance in reading passages for text, and additional guidance in academic work.
MCAS test-taking skills are practiced beginning in the freshmen year with particular emphasis as a sophomore. Students who have not received the appropriate ELA score on MCAS may be assigned individual instruction in the ELA in the Reading Strategies class.
Cooperative learning group formation is fundamental to the structure of the Title One Reading classroom. Group interaction in reading and writing result in more productive attitudes towards completing academic assignments as well as improving student's social/emotional development.
Of critical importance is to help students realize the importance of literacy and written language in their everyday lives, whether at school or on the job, in order to develop reflective thinking skills for life-long learning and interaction.