The 6th-8th Grade Reading-Moves Ladder

Teacher: Hillary
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Introduction

0 Introduction 10:58

This lesson introduces the Reading-Moves Ladder course and what to expect.

Unit 1: Develop the Daily Reading Habit

1 Lesson 1: Why Read Fiction 17:58

In this lesson, you will learn the benefits of the daily reading habit and the value of reading fiction texts.

2 Lesson 2: What to Read 15:23

In this lesson, you will learn how to choose the best chapter book for you to read during this course.

3 Lesson 3: Choosing a Format 18:10

In this lesson, you will learn the pros and cons of the different formats you can choose to read your book.

4 Lesson 4: When and Where to Read 16:32

In this lesson, you will learn how to determine the best time for you to include the 30 minutes of reading fiction needed each day to practice the reading moves on your own.

5 Lesson 5: Balancing Reading Distractors 25:23

In this lesson, you will learn the 6 common reading distractors, why reading 30 minutes a day gives you a competitive advantage, and how to balance your distractors.

Unit 2: Key Literary Terms to Know and Understand

6 Lesson 6: Plot Structure 21:05

In this lesson, you will learn what makes up the plot of a story and how to use the purpose of each part to understand the story.

7 Lesson 7: Character and Setting 24:37

In this lesson, you will learn the different types of characters in a story, how an author brings characters to life, and why the setting matters to the characters.

8 Lesson 8: Point of View 11:48

In this lesson, you will learn the points of view authors use to tell the story.

9 Lesson 9: Types of Conflict 13:53

In this lesson, you will learn the types of the conflict that the protagonist may go up against in a story.

10 Lesson 10: Theme 20:04

In this lesson, you will learn what is theme, how to trace it throughout the story, and then be able to identify it when the story is over.

Unit 3: Level 1 Reading Moves, Remember

11 Lesson 11: The Reading-Moves Ladder 25:17

In this lesson, you will learn the purpose of the Reading-Moves Ladder, how it works from bottom to top rung, and how the rest of the lessons in the course are structured for maximum impact.

12 Lesson 12: Retell for Accuracy Strategy 17:54

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

13 Lesson 12: Retell for Accuracy Practice 29:20

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

14 Lesson 13: Monitor for Sense Strategy 16:14

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

15 Lesson 13: Monitor for Sense Practice 29:47

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

16 Lesson 14: Determine Importance Strategy 14:39

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

17 Lesson 14: Determine Importance Practice 29:52

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

18 Lesson 15: Envision Strategy 19:43

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

19 Lesson 15: Envision Practice 22:48

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

20 Lesson 16: Level 1 Why, When, How Review of Strategies 17:56

In this lesson, you will learn why, when, and how to use all four reading moves together from Level 1.

21 Lesson 16: Level 1 Why, When, How Practice 24:16

In this lesson, I will model how to use all four Level 1 reading moves together by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategies as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategies in your own chapter book.

Unit 4: Level 2 Reading Moves, Understand

22 Lesson 17: Predict Strategy 12:10

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

23 Lesson 17: Predict Practice 29:46

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

24 Lesson 18: Connect Strategy 13:26

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

25 Lesson 18: Connect Practice 29:45

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

26 Lesson 19: Question Strategy 14:34

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

27 Lesson 19: Question Practice 29:56

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

28 Lesson 20: Accumulate the Text Strategy 14:52

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

29 Lesson 20: Accumulate the Text Practice 27:19

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

30 Lesson 21: Level 1 & Level 2 Why, When, and How Review and Practice 29:59

In this lesson, you will learn why, when, and how to use all eight reading moves together from Level 1 and 2. I will model how to use all eight moves together, with the focus on accumulating the text, by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategies as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategies in your own chapter book.

Unit 5: Level 3 Reading Moves, Apply

31 Lesson 22: Infer Strategy 16:56

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

32 Lesson 22: Infer Practice 29:42

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

33 Lesson 23: Interpret the Impact of Setting and Other Characters 17:29

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

34 Lesson 23: Interpret Setting and Other Characters Practice Part 1 17:19

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

35 Lesson 23: Interpret Setting and Other Characters Practice Part 2 28:07

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

36 Lesson 24: Interpret Conflict Strategy 18:55

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

37 Lesson 24: Interpret Conflict Practice 29:52

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

38 Lesson 25: Aesthetic Response Strategy 12:16

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

39 Lesson 25: Aesthetic Response Practice 23:24

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

40 Lesson 26: Why, When, How Level 1, 2, 3 Strategy and Practice 28:19

In this lesson, you will learn why, when, and how to use all eight reading moves together from Level 1 and 2. I will model how to use all eight moves together, with the focus on accumulating the text, by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategies as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategies in your own chapter book.

Unit 6: Level 4 Reading Moves, Higher-Order Thinking

41 Lesson 27: Analysis Strategy 18:31

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

42 Lesson 27: Analysis Practice Part 1 27:44

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

43 Lesson 27: Analysis Practice Part 2 15:17

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

44 Lesson 28: Evaluate Strategy 15:07

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

45 Lesson 28: Evaluate Practice Part 1 24:49

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

46 Lesson 28: Evaluate Practice Part 2 25:19

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

47 Lesson 29: Synthesis Strategy 22:56

In this lesson, you will learn what the strategy is, how to use it, when to use it and why to use it.

48 Lesson 29: Synthesis Practice 29:48

In this lesson, I will model the strategy by thinking aloud while reading from the chapter book, Peeled, and then you will practice using the strategy as I read aloud to you. At the end of the video, I will review my responses to the part read aloud and explain how to use the strategy in your own chapter book.

49 Lesson 30: Why, When & How Levels 1 - 4 Review 25:04

In this lesson, you will learn why, when, and how to use all 14 reading moves together from Level 1, 2, 3, and 4.

50 Lesson 31: One Step Further 20:35

In this lesson, you will learn how and why to keep synthesizing even when you finish a book, tips on how to stretch yourself to read more complex fiction books, and what text complexity really means.

51 Lesson 32: Finishing 'Peeled' Part 1 29:58

In this lesson, I model a strategy to use towards the end of a book as I finish reading the chapter book 'Peeled.'

52 Lesson 32: Finishing 'Peeled' Part 2 29:11

In this lesson, I model a strategy to use towards the end of a book as I finish reading the chapter book 'Peeled.'

53 Lesson 32: Finishing 'Peeled' Part 3 29:47

In this lesson, I model a strategy to use towards the end of a book as I finish reading the chapter book 'Peeled.'

54 Lesson 32: Finishing 'Peeled' Part 4 16:31

In this lesson, I model a strategy to use towards the end of a book as I finish reading the chapter book 'Peeled.'

55 Final Assessment 00:00

This is a final review assessment of Units 2 - 6.

Course Description

This course teaches the strategies readers need to know and do to comprehend complex fiction texts. Each reading move is taught, modeled, and practiced as the student moves up the Reading-Moves Ladder from the bottom rungs, Level 1, Remember, to the top rungs, Level 4, Higher-order Thinking.  

 

This course includes:

• 6 units

• 31 teaching video lessons

• 23 practice video lessons (I read aloud and think aloud how to use each strategy)

• 30 strategy, practice, and on your own documents

• 15 parent resource documents

• 5 Quizzes

• 1 Final Assessment

• Approximately 20 hours of video

 

Course Goals

Upon course completion, you will learn how to become a self-directed reader of complex fiction texts. You will know why, when, and how to use each of the 14 reading-moves strategies individually and together to comprehend any fiction text. Plus, you will develop a robust vocabulary and learn how to read so you can eventually write analytical essays about the text with confidence.

Plus, you will also learn how to read a text to develop a robust vocabulary and eventually write analytical essays with confidence.

 

Target Audience

The Reading-Moves Ladder is a comprehensive comprehension tool for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader who wants to grow and develop as a reader of complex fiction texts. I created this tool for readers to use from the start of 6th grade with easy fiction texts and up until the end of 8th grade and beyond while reading Shakespeare.

The Reading-Moves Ladder stays the same; it's the complexity of the texts that changes each year. Once a reader understands the 14 comprehension strategies and how they work together, it's just a matter of reading for 30 minutes every day and practicing the moves. 

 

Course Topics

Unit 1:  Develop the Daily Reading Habit

Lessons

Why Read Fiction

What to Read

Choosing a Format

When and Where to Read

Balancing Reading Distractors

 

Unit 2: Key Literary Terms to Know and Understand

Lessons

Plot Structure

Character and Setting

Point of View

Types of Conflicts

Theme

Unit 2 Quiz 

 

Unit 3: Level 1 Reading Moves, Remember

Lessons

The Reading-Moves Ladder

Retell for Accuracy

Monitor for Sense

Determine Importance

Envision

Level 1: Why, When, and How Review

Unit 3 Quiz 

 

Unit 4: Level 2 Reading Moves, Understand

Lessons

Predict

Connect

Question

Accumulate the Text

Level 1 & 2: Why, When, and How Review

Unit 4 Quiz

 

Unit 5: Level 3 Reading Moves, Apply

Lessons

Infer

Interpret Impact of Setting and Other Characters

Interpret Conflict

Aesthetic Response

Level 1, 2, & 3: Why, When, and How Review

Unit 5 Quiz

 

Unit 6: Level 4 Reading Moves, Higher-Order Thinking

Lessons

Analysis

Evaluate

Synthesis

Level 1, 2, 3, & 4: Why, When, and How Review

One Step Further

Unit 6 Quiz

  • Teacher: Hillary
  • Areas of expertise: Literacy specialist; middle school reading and writing
  • Education: B.S. in Education, University of Delaware; M.S.Ed, Reading/Writing/Literacy, University of Pennsylvania; National Board Certified Teacher, Early Adolescence English Language Arts; certified reading specialist
  • Interests: Reading; writing fiction and nonfiction (have self-published three books); traveling to interesting places with great local food; running
  • Skills: Believing in what's possible! Creating systems to help students become self-directed and realize all that they are capable of achieving.
  • Associations: National Council of Teachers of English; Board member of the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English
  • Issues I care about: The issue that has me most concerned at the moment is boys resistance towards reading. After 20 years of teaching, I left the education system and turned that concern into my new career: boy-responsive literacy consultant. I'm passionate about making reading cool again!

When I was a kid, I read at least two hours a night and wrote stories and poems the rest of the time. At home, in my bedroom, I was a reader and a writer; in school, I never measured up. It equaled pain to me, and that's why the last thing I ever wanted to be was a teacher. However, it was for that very reason in college I decided I HAD to be one. I share this with you because, for over 20 years, I created a space in school where all kids could learn and become the best versions of themselves, no more what. And it's because of that belief the Reading-Moves Ladder was born. It was a game-changer for many 6th-8th grade students who both struggled with and resisted reading complex fiction text. By learning how to run up and down the Ladder, these same students ultimately became self-directed readers of fiction and succeeded with reading like they never had before. Everything I created, taught, modeled, and practiced with my students, I share with you and your student in this course.

Unit 1: Develop the Daily Reading Habit Parent Resource

This resource provides tips and suggestions to know and do if your student is resistant to reading for 30 minutes every day.

Unit 1, Lesson 1: Why Read Parent Resource

This resource provides information to help you guide your student in creating a reading goal if if he/she gets stuck.

Unit 1, Lesson 2: What to Read Parent Resource

This resource provides suggestions and tips on how to guide your student to choose a chapter book he/she wants to read and practice the Reading-Moves Ladder.

Unit 1, Lesson 3: Choose a Format Parent Resource

This resource shares ideas on helping your student decide how he/she wants to read their book (paperback, e-reader, audio...).

Unit 1, Lesson 4: When and Where Parent Resource

This resource shares ways to help your student prepare ahead for a book-finding routine and a reading-time routine.

Unit 1, Lesson 5: Balance Reading Distractors Parent Resource

This resource makes you aware of the six common reading distractors that keep kids from reading every day and a few strategies to help balance the distractors.

Unit 2: Key Literary Terms Parent Resource

This resource provides all the information you need to help your student know and understand the key literary terms necessary to run the Reading-Moves Ladder.

Answer Key for Unit 2 - Unit 6 Quizzes

This resource has the answer key for the 10-question quizzes that follows Unit 2, Unit 3, Unit 4, Unit 5, and Unit 6.

Unit 3: Reading-Moves Ladder

This resource provides for you a copy of the Reading-Moves Ladder.

Unit 3: Level 1, Remember Questions to Ask

This resource provides for you Level 1 questions to ask your student about the book he/she is reading to practice rungs 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the Reading-Moves Ladder.

Unit 4: Level 2, Understand Questions to Ask

This resource provides for you Level 2 questions to ask your student about the book he/she is reading to practice rungs 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the Reading-Moves Ladder.

Unit 5: Level 3, Apply Questions to Ask

This resource provides for you Level 3 questions to ask your student about the book he/she is reading to practice rungs 9, 10, and 11 on the Reading-Moves Ladder.

Unit 5, Level 3, Rung 9, Personality Traits Resource

This resource provides a list of words to help your student determine the personality traits of the protagonist in the story.

Unit 6: Level 4, Higher-Order Thinking Questions to Ask

This resource provides for you Level 4 questions to ask your student about the book he/she is reading to practice rungs 12, 13, and 14 on the Reading-Moves Ladder.

Unit 6: Level 4, One Step Further Parent Resource

This resource provides ideas and tips on what to do after the course is over.

Final Assessment Answer Key

This resource provides the questions and answers to the 50-question final assessment. These are the same questions as the quizzes from the units presented in random order.

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