Reading

(301) 649-2863
Resource Teacher: Tess Hiller
Theresa_M_Hiller@mcpsmd.org

The Staff:

  • Natalie Brown – Paraeducator – Natalie_D_Brown@mcpsmd.org
  • Tess Hiller – Crtiical Reading–Theresa_M_Hiller@mcpsmd.org
  • Dani James – Critical Reading / ESOL Reading – Danelle_D_James@mcpsmd.org
  • Diana Kelly – Critical Reading / College Prep Literacy 3 / Literacy in the Digital Age – Diana_J_Kelly@mcpsmd.org
  • Greg Robison – College Prep Literacy 3 / Literacy in the Digital Age / Read180 – Gregory_P_Robison@mcpsmd.org
  • Edmund Ryan – College Prep Literacy 4 / Read180 – Edmund_F_Ryan@mcpsmd.org
  • Ailish Zompa – Academic Reading / Read180 ESOL – Ailish_A_Zompa@mcpsmd.org

The Courses:

All of the courses taught by the Reading Department are designed with one goal in mind:  Students will meet grade-level expectations for reading.

College Prep Literacy – As the name implies, College Prep Literacy is designed to help students succeed in college as well as in higher level classes in high school.  The class focuses on application of reading strategies to specific types of texts.  For example, there are units on reading history texts, short stories, and news articles from various sources, among others.  Lessons are supplemented with technology-based instruction focusing on vocabulary and non-fiction texts.

Critical Reading – Critical Reading focuses on basic reading skills.  Students learn to use a variety of strategies to increase comprehension.  Among the strategies are: identifying Main Idea, identifying Facts and Details, Inferencing, recognizing Cause and Effect, tracking Sequence of events and identifying Author’s Purpose among others.

ESOL Reading – Students learn to use reading strategies to help them improve their understanding of what they read in and out of school.  Emphasis is on learning vocabulary and reading comprehension.  Lessons are supplemented with technology-based instruction that focuses on vocabulary.

Literacy in the Digital Age – Literacy in the Digital Age uses Problem-Based Learning to help students improve their reading skills and increase their knowledge of topics of interest to them.  Students identify a problem and learn to research.  Using primarily on-line sources, students research the topic and develop solutions to the problems that they have identified. 

Read 180 – Read 180 is an intervention that focuses on basic skills in reading.  The program, which is published by Scholastic, Inc., has four main components.  They are small and whole group instruction using a workbook called the Read 180 rBook, technology-based instruction using proprietary software, and independent reading.  This course is also offered for students in the ESOL program.