• Intensive Reading Syllabus


    Emilie Zusman


    (941) 575-5450 ext. *7055

    Classroom C110


    Class Description 

    The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity. Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. Students enrolled in the course will engage in interactive text-based discussion, question generation, and research opportunities. They will write in response to reading and cite evidence when answering text dependent questions orally and in writing. The course provides extensive opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers. Scaffolding is provided as necessary as students engage in reading and writing increasingly complex text and is removed as the reading and writing abilities of students improve over time. 

    The Intensive courses have been designed for the teacher to select and teach only the appropriate standards corresponding to a student's grade level and/or instructional needs. 

    The course includes, but is not limited to, the following: 

    • determining central ideas or themes of a text and analyzing their development as well as summarizing the key supporting details and ideas; 
    • interpreting words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyzing how specific word choices shape meaning or tone; 
    • analyzing the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole; 
    • integrating and evaluating content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words; 
    • delineating and evaluating the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the source, relevance and sufficiency of the evidence; 
    • analyzing how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take; 
    • writing in response to reading, emulating authors' structures, word choices, styles, etc. 

    Classroom Expectations 

    1. Be on time to my class.
    2. Be respectful.
    3. Always come to class prepared.
    4. Turn in assignments on time. Late assignments will receive ½ credit for up to one week following the due date.
    5. It is your responsibility to request make up work. You will have two days for every one day you are absent.
    6. No food or drink in the classroom – water is the exception.
    7. Chromebooks will be used daily – no use of phones while I am teaching. Failure to follow this rule will result in phone confiscation. After one phone confiscation, the phone will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian from the office.
    8. Cheating of any kind will result in a zero.
    9. Follow CCPS Code of Conduct 

    Staff webpage, Google Classroom, Remind 

    My CHS Staff website can be found by going to the Charlotte High School homepage and clicking on ‘Staff’ and clicking on Mrs. Emilie Zusman. On my staff page you will find Google Classroom and Remind codes for your class period. Google Classroom is a great resource for students to keep in touch with class information, access class documents, finish classroom assignments at home, and to retrieve make-up work during an absence. I will refer students to my Google Classroom website consistently throughout the year.     

    Supplies for class

    • Pencil box/bag to keep all supplies in 
    • Composition Book/Spiral Notebook for daily journaling
    • Pocket folder 
    • #2 Pencils/Erasers 
    • Highlighters 

    Optional supplies for class 

    • Disinfectant wipes 
    • Hand sanitizer 

    Classroom Grading System

    100-90 A 

    89-80 B 

    79-70 C 

    69-60 D 

    59 and below F 

    I will be grading based on quality of work. If you come to class prepared, work hard, and are doing your best to improve yourself and your reading and writing skills, you will do well in my class. Our goal is for you to receive a passing grade on FSA and GRADUATE! Let’s work together to meet that goal.  

    Make-up work

    It is the student’s responsibility to request make up work in the event of an absence. Canvas will be the primary resource for retrieving missing information and classwork while at home. Please refer to CCPS Code of Conduct for additional information.  

    CCPS Code of Conduct

    All class policies align with stipulations set forth by the CCPS Code of Conduct.  An online version of the CCPS Code of Conduct can be found on the CCPS web page. 



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