IVS offers several courses to support Reading for all learners. We offer non-credit English/Language Arts Skill Building courses for grades 6, 7 & 8 for bridge and enrichment programs and a Full-Service Reading Skills and Strategies semester course for High School. By supporting and developing readers at every level we can continue to shrink the “reading gap” and improve outcomes for all learners.
Skill Building for Middle Grades
IVS Skills courses for middle school are designed to support all students in rising to the expectations established by Illinois state standards and the Common Core. With content developed specifically for the standards, this course for reading and writing in the English language has been designed to ensure that students have a solid foundation for success entering the next grade level.
Each course is organized into units and modules. Each unit offers a prescriptive pretest, a series of modules, and a summative posttest. Each four-part module provides a unique instructional approach to build knowledge, develop critical thinking and deepen understanding. Students are first exposed to direct and engaging content which fosters active learning. They then practice skills just learned through interactive applications. The concepts are again introduced as a review before the posttest which demonstrates mastery of concepts. Modules and units can be repeated until students achieve success at the skill. This course is designed to be visually engaging and accessible to middle school students.
These courses are self-paced and managed by a certified IVS instructor. Grades are reported as progress; no credit is associated with completion. Students should register for the previous grade level; if they are entering 7th grade, they would take the 6th grade course to ensure they have mastered all skills needed for 7th grade. Advanced students who are working on accelerated coursework, would register for the level they just completed. For example, advanced 7th graders who have previously completed an 8th grade level course would register for the 8th grade course, again to ensure mastery of concepts learned the previous year.
Reading Skills and Strategies Full-Service High School Offering
Reading Skills and Strategies is a course is designed to help the struggling reader develop mastery in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary building, study skills, and media literacy, which are the course’s primary content strands. Using these strands, the course guides the student through the skills necessary to be successful in the academic world and beyond. The reading comprehension strand focuses on introducing the student to the varied purposes of reading (e.g., for entertainment, for information, to complete a task, or to analyze). In the vocabulary strand, the student learns specific strategies for understanding and remembering new vocabulary. In the study skills strand, the student learns effective study and test-taking strategies. In the media literacy strand, the student learns to recognize and evaluate persuasive techniques, purposes, design choices, and effects of media. The course encourages personal enjoyment in reading with 10 interviews featuring the book choices and reading adventures of students and members of the community.
The content is based on the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards and aligned to state standards.