SYLLABUS: K. Hobbs

    I. Course Description

    Read 180 is an intensive reading program designed to help students recognize and

    spell words correctly, read with fluency and comprehend the text. The goal of this

    program is for your student to read closer to grade level and with a greater degree

    of independence. The program consists of whole group instruction, small group

    instruction, independent reading and has a computerized portion which is

    individualized for each student.


    II. Components of Success

    Read 180 was originally designed for students with learning disabilities and is proven

    effective in accelerating reading achievement for all studentsincluding those

    classified for Special Education services. Equally important students gained interest

    in books and reading, and their improved reading skills were translated to other

    academic areas. The Read 180 program is scientifically research based, has proven

    results and has brought significant gains in reading proficiency for the students who

    need it most. It has purposeful assessment and the power to track and analyze

    student performance at every step. Read 180 is the only program of its kind that

    uses assessment data so effectively to differentiate instruction. Actionable reports

    and periodic checkpoints alert teachers to students. needs and direct them to

    resource for individualizing instruction.


    III. Grading Policy (.5 will be rounded up; 92.5 = A; 92.4 = A)

    The grading scale is as follows:

    90‐100% B

    80‐89% C

    7079% C

    6569% D

    64 and below F




    Points will be earned by the students. completion of the following:

    **Daily participation/attendance


    **Book Quizzes (ScholasticReadingCounts)

    **Final Projects

    **r Book Activities (Student Workbook)

    **Exit Slips

    **Marking level group reading

    **Progress Reports

    Grades will be determined by the point system. At the conclusion of the grading period, points are totaled, percentage calculated, and the schoolwide grading scale applied.

    Progress reports will be sent home each semester to inform parents/guardians of their childs progress in all classes. Parents/Guardians and student should review, sign and return this document to the appropriate teacher. Each student is responsible for returning his/her signed grade check the following day for this is part of your childs required assignments.


    IV. Course Outline

    High School Students will begin in Stage C of instruction.

    Level 1: Lexile 200400

    Level 2: Lexile 400700

    Level 3: Lexile 500900

    Level 4: Lexile 8001200

    Read 180 is taught on a 90Minute Instructional Model that consists of:

     20 Minutes of WholeGroup Instructionentire class participation.

    20 Minutes of SmallGroup Rotation

    20 Minutes of instruction

    20 Minutes of independent reading

    20 Minutes of instructional software

    10 Minute WholeGroup WrapUp

    There are 9 Workshops

    1. Survivors                             6. Amigo Brothers

    2. Killer Plague                       7. Your Brain Exposed

    3. Combat Zone                     8. Crime, Punishment and Teens

    4. When Music Offends        9. The Front Lines of Justice

    5. In The Money





    Comprehension Skills Covered:

    1. Main Idea and Details 5. Problem and Solution

    2. Sequence of Events 6. Cause and Effect

    3. Story Elements (Setting, Character, Plot) 7. Compare and Contrast

    4.Summarize 8. Inference


    Writing Skills Covered:

    Expository, Narrative, Persuasive, and Descriptive writing paragraphs

    Literature Critiques

    Literature Responses

    Students are expected to use complete sentences, proper grammar and correct spelling in every written performance; the IEP may reflect specific modifications.

    Software Zones (20 Minute SmallGroup Computer Rotation)

    Reading Zone: Students watch a video and read a related passage. Then answer ten

    vocabulary and comprehension questions to complete this zone.

    The Word Zone:Students hear vocabulary words from the passage in the Reading Zone then identify those words from a list. Students will also make their own voice recording of the vocabulary words to review later on.

    The Spelling Zone: Students hear and practice spelling words from the passage and identify misspelled words. Students also proofread sentences with misspellings.

    The Success Zone: Students complete the above mentioned zones. Students read passages and demonstrate everything they have learned by answering multiple choice and fillinthe blank questions.

    (The software provides support in the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Hmong, and Haitian Creole)


    Daily attendance is very important! It is difficult to maintain passing grades in Read 180, as

    well as other classes with frequent absences. A student is tardy to class if the student is not

    in the classroom at the conclusion of the tardy bell, at which time the classroom door will be




    Since class participation is an important part of this course and final grade, good

    attendance is vital for effective learning and academic progress. Up to 10% of your semester grade may be determined by class participation. Class participation includes such factors as attendance, punctuality, preparation, contribution to the learning environment, and a cooperative attitude.


    Contact: hobbsk@mcmsnj.net