Hello parents. My name is Miss Freay. I am a Bilingual English Language Arts (ELA) Resource teacher at McGinnis Middle School for grades 6, 7, and 8.
I have been teaching since 2002, and spent 13 of those years in the elementary school level at The Robert N. Wilentz School.
My goal and the goal for all my students is that they grow academically by becoming better readers and writers.
It is my hope that they increase their reading level by 2 or more levels by the end of the school year. We can achieve this goal by creating a daily habit of reading and writing. Students need to become more independent and take ownership of their learning.
Students can read from assigned weekly readings, newspaper articles, magazines, favorite books they may have at home or books in the classroom or school library. The important thing is that they read and respond daily to what they learned.
I have given each student a notebook or Reading Log (small yellow or blue notebook) so that they may respond to the daily/weekly reading assignments. Students have sample graphic organizers of how they are expected to respond to these assignments. We practice in the classroom so that they know how to respond in their journals.
Here are several free websites where they can select books to read online:
The district has also provided a website that they can log into by using their school email and password to sign in. The website is https://www.bookshare.org/ Here they can access the novels we are currently reading.
In addition, there are many books they can look up by name on YouTube. If for any reason they are unable to log into Bookshare, they can access the novels through YouTube or in our Google Classroom Folder.
Students are expected to respond comprehension questions about the text they read, or write a summary so that I may check for understanding. Writing daily will make them better readers and less hesitant to want to write. Students will become more independent as the year progresses if they consistently write.