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Shannon Vickrey 6th Grade Teacher at Medical Lake Middle School

Reading Expansion

Reading Period _____
with Ms. Vickrey


To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. 


Key Ideas and Details
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Craft and Structure
4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
5. Analyze 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.
6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.*
8. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently


Students will read a range of challenging books, articles, and texts, and will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of the material by answering questions and contributing to class discussions. In writing, students will continue to work on their use of language, sentence structure, and organization of ideas. They will also be expected to integrate information from different sources and respond to challenging content through written interpretation and analysis.


  1. Pencils
  2. Notebook
  3. Book (your own or library, should be AR)
  4. Finished Work, including absent or late work

ACTIVITY (in and out of school)

Novel Studies -- (Sammy Keyes, Rosa Parks and Wrinkle in Time)Reading Ready Curriculum -- (Workbooks will stay in class, but a pdf version will be linked to our Google Calendar located as a link on my website)Accelerated Reader -- online comprehension program. I will require 1 AR test a month that is worth at least 3 points. Since most books are not published above a 5th grade reading level I will be flexible on AR reading level. After fall testing I’ll be able to set a level for your child.

Google Calendar on my Staff Homepage

My plan is use Google calendar to communicate daily activities. This will be very helpful to reduce “but Ms. Vickrey said” or “didn’t say”, if your child is absent or has a missing assignment.

Classroom Policy

  • If your child needs help please let me know ASAP.
  • No name paper’s receive no credit -- but can be redone.
  • For most assignments I will be able to accept a redo to improve scores.
  • I need notes from you.... I won’t accept “my mom” or “my dad” said statements. I find this reduces confusion.
  • I have an open door policy and you are welcome

Contact Information

Shannon Vickrey
565.3300 rm 23