Reading 180 Syllabus


Ms. Cynthia Alston

6th Grade



READ 180 Program is a Scholastic reading intervention program.  It is designed for students to improve and increase their reading ability.  The program uses differentiated and direct instruction, adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and focuses on comprehension, reading, writing, and vocabulary skills.  Students will be evaluated at the beginning, middle, and end of the year using the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) and Scholastic Phonics Inventory (SPI). Data from these evaluations will be used to determine which intervention program best serves each student’s individual needs.

Required Text– Classroom sets of books will be used in this class. No outside text is required.



The objective of READ 180 is to provide instruction that will improve achievement levels in reading, writing, and vocabulary.  The READ 180 classroom is a special place for reading, learning, and sharing ideas that support and build academic language.



Category & Weight Description
Mastery of



These assignments will demonstrate the individual student’s mastery of the standards.

         rSkills Tests Overall Score (READ 180 Grading Report)

         Final Fluency Recording (READ 180 Grading Report)

         SRC Quiz Average (READ 180 Grading Report)

         Context passage


Practice towards Mastery-45% These assignments will demonstrate the student’s progress towards mastering the standards. They will assess material previously practiced and introduced.

         Group Projects & Quizzes

         Comprehension Score (READ 180 Grading Report)

         Vocabulary Score (READ 180 Grading Report)

         Word Fluency (READ 180 Grading Report)

         Spelling Score (READ 180 Grading Report)

         Respond & Write Score (READ 180 Grading Report)

         rBook Wrap up Project (Rubric)


Progress-15% These assignments will reflect the student’s practice and early attempts at mastering the standards.

         Quick Writes & Graphic Organizers

         Daily Reading Logs

         rBook workshop rubric

         Guided practice, journal writing, class participation, homework, activating strategies



Evaluation: All grades are based on the Scholastic READ 180 rotations and I will be using percentages for: 

  • Whole Group Work
  • Small Group Work
  • Read 180 Software
  • Independent Reading Assignments










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Reading Syllabus

Course Summary

6th Grade Reading: Cynthia Alston                       


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Course Description



Reading will provide students with the skills and strategies to be successful not only in my class, but in all academic classrooms as well as in the real-world.  All units of study are guided by the reading strands of the 6th grade ELA Georgia Standards of Excellence (ELAGSE).  With that said, the focus of the reading classroom is geared more towards the “how to” of reading and the development and application of skills learned.  What students need to know and comprehend in order to read and analyze a variety of texts will be our focus.  Specific texts evaluated throughout the year include narrative: (poetry, drama and fiction), informational, argumentative and technical or ‘real-world’. Detailed explanations of the standards and their descriptors can be accessed through the Georgia Department of Education website:
Year at a Glance Snapshot Students will participate in theme-based units incorporating literary as well as informational texts. They will be engaged in collaborative discussions and vocabulary acquisition throughout the entire year.  Students will learn how to actively read and use those skills to critically analyze a variety of texts. They will develop written responses to their reading, demonstrating that they understand elements such as main idea, theme, character development, text structures, author’s purpose and claim by providing textual evidence as support. Students will develop an interactive notebook that will be a useful reference tool for all academic areas.


Formative (classwork, journals, quizzes, T-O-D)                                                      50%

Summative (tests, projects)                                                                                           30%

Reading Counts quizzes (at least 3 per a quarter)                                                     20%


*Please check Synergy weekly

Homework  Policy



 Students should also be engaging in 30 minutes daily independent reading.

Students should bring reading material with them to class each day.

Requirements (Materials)


·       Blue or black ink pen, pencils, hand-held sharpener

·       Post-it notes (standard size), highlighters, glue, colored pencils

·       Independent reading book (student choice)

·       Agenda

I will send out announcements about novel studies in case students would like their own copy of the text.

Other Information

(Policies, procedures, tutoring, extra help sessions, required assessments etc.)




& Students are required to read at least 3 books per quarter and take a Reading Counts quiz for each book. (Due dates are posted throughout school/class.)

& Reading Inventory (RI): Students must take the RI three times a year.

& Tutoring  Wednesday at 8:30-8:50

& My blog is accessible through the Tapp Middle School website faculty page

& Make-up work: It is the student’s responsibility to check my blog and the absent bin whenever absent.  The student will have the number of days absent plus one to complete and return any work that was missed.



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