In literature, a portal is a doorway into another world. This new world can be one of fantasy, of magic, of new technologies and matrixes. It can be a world separated by time or space from our own. It can be a world between worlds or even a parallel world. No matter how this new world takes shape or develops before our eyes, it still gives us new insight into our own world full of human experiences. These worlds allow us as readers to question and discover human nature and societal systems. In the end, literature is a portal into us.
The start of each new school year marks the beginning of a new independent reading journey for all students. Please click on your grade level listed below to read the requirements for your independent reading assignments.
- Students will read literature to better understand the human experience.
- Students will construct reflection texts to demonstrate their experiences with reading and discussion.
- Students will practice literature as a social interaction to enhance their articulation of ideas and thoughts.
All students will set-up and maintain Goodreads accounts. Please follow the directions on the Goodreads Set-up page.
Independent Reading Curriculum Map
|12thCollege Level||A. Seamlessly integrate from original and outside /related sources
B. Independently create an analytical argument
C. Show mastery of quote integration
D. Demonstrate organization of analysis and mastery of analytical skills.
|A. Show sophistication in ability to track a theme throughout a work.
B-C. Include discussion of text-self-world connections in analysis of theme/relate themes of literary works to social and cultural issues
D. Use interrelation of multiple themes to provide a complex analysis of a text
|A. Connect minor structural components to the overall structure/meaning of text
B. Describe how structure creates a specific aesthetic
C. Incorporate discussion of structure into analysis skill set
|Goodreads; Project Component; Academic Discussion|
|A. Fluid/Consistent quote integration in an original argument.
B. Independently select points of analysis related to study of American Literature
C. Refine analysis of and selection of evidence from original text
D. Develop analysis centered around central argument; cohesiveness between pieces of evidence
|A. Describe topics that contribute to theme and track how theme develops throughout the text
B-C. Independently construct an academic argument about theme
D. Recognize multiple themes and how they interrelate
|A. Connect structures to time period, genre, qualities specific to American Literature
B. Relate structure to initial analysis skills
C. Describe how structures affect overall meaning
|10thYA||A. Increase complexity and consistency of quote integration
B. Use focused scaffolding with increased independence
C. Go from identification and recognition to analysis and selection for broader purpose
D. Integrate evidence style for purpose
|A. Independently locate and describe topics that contribute to theme
B. With guidance, articulate the theme of a text in writing
C. Begin to use theme as a major component in written analysis
|A. Connection structural elements to author intent
B. Continue to build vocabulary and recognize examples of structural elements
C. Begin to describe how structures affect overall meaning of the text
|9thYA||A. Integrate quotations using correct grammatical conventions
B. Analyze evidence using a highly scaffolded structure and style
C. Select appropriate evidence for a given assigment
D. Distinguish between direct quotation and paraphrase
|A. Define and differentiate between theme and topic
B. Propose ideas about theme in a literary text
C. Identify ways in which topics contribute to the text’s overall theme
|A. Make distinction between author and narrator in writing
B. Build vocabulary and recognize examples of structural elements
C. Begin to recognize how structures affect overall meaning of the text
|Blog Posts; Goodreads|
|RL 1. Cite evidence to support analysis.(W 9.)||RL 2. Determine themes and analyze development throughout the text.||RL 5. Analyze the author’s choices concerning structure.||