Reading J

The goal of level J is for students to develop their critical reading skills by matching critical comments to specific parts of passages, understanding how ideas are organized in a passage, and analyzing literary characters.

● Level J Goals:

  • Summarize passages

  • Explain characters’ motivations and behavior

  • Discover the subtleties of passages

  • Further develop understanding of the writers’ intended meanings

  • Improve understanding of passage unity and coherence

  • Improve comprehension of writers’ characterizations

● Good Work Skills in this level include:

  • Reading directions and examples carefully

  • Reading passages for comprehension

  • Thinking critically

  • Answering independently

  • Using capitalization and punctuation correctly in sentences

  • Ability to correct independently (don’t forget to grade every day!)

● Time Goal:

  • The study time goal is 20-30 minutes per day

  • Your Instructor will continually adjust the pages to adhere to this goal

● Grading Reminders:

  • Students must be able to learn from their mistakes daily

  • Take the time to grade and let them find and correct their own errors independently

  • Students can use what they have learned and apply it to the next day’s assignment allowing them to move smoothly and independently through the assignments

  • Do not count off for minor mistakes

  • Answers may not be word-for-word from the answer book, but they should have many of the same components and ideas

Reading J - Recommended Reading List

1 - A White Heron and Other Stories (Sarah Orne Jewett)

2 - My Family and Other Animals (Gerald Durrell)

3 - The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Thornton Wilder)

4 - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)

5 - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)

6 - Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)

7 - Annie John (Jamaica Kincaid)

8 - Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

9 - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)

10 - A Separate Peace (John Knowles)