An author's background, culture, and experiences contribute to the power of his or her distinctive style. A careful analysis of an author's techniques can help the reader develop an appreciation for text which combined with careful selection of ability appropriate material can result in a more pleasurable reading experience. (Intensive Reading: 1000410; ESOL Reading: 1002381)
Unit Essential Question(s):
How can the reader better appreciate a writer's unique style which is shaped by his background, culture, and experiences?
This brief overview is meant to help the students self-assess their reading using fluency models and data from testing. A discussion of lexiles and lexile ranges will help them determine how to choose age/ability appropriate material for independent reading. During this unit they should also be exposed to a myriad of text to help build enthusiasm for reading and create discussion on the variety of genre types, authors' styles, and strategies to assist with recognition of unknown vocabulary.