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Our World Neighborhood Charter School

MS Reading Specialist - Ms. Klein

Contact Information

Email: eklein@owncs.org

Phone Number: (718) 274-2902Ext 106

About Ms. Klein

Hello! This is my 6th year at Our World Neighborhood Charter School working as the Literacy Specialist for grades 6-8. My students and I work together in a small-group classroom setting where we explore many genres in reading and writing. I received my undergraduate degree at St. Thomas Aquinas College, and my Master's was received at Hunter College. Every year I am excited to apply what I have learned into my classroom. 

Curriculum

The program that is used in the Literacy classroom is from Fountas and Pinnell Leveled-Literacy Intervention LLI. LLI is used in grades 6-8, and tailored to meet students "where they are" in their skill abilities. 

Assessment is an ongoing part of the Leveled-Literacy Intervention program. Weekly reading assessments are used to determine a students growth. 

What Are We Doing?

Grade 6  Grade 7 Grade 8

Reading:

In 6th grade, we are reading nonfiction texts and exploring author's purpose, the use of text features. 

Writing:

During our writing time, we are writing about the main idea of a nonfiction text. We are also writing from our perspectives about the topic. 

Reading: 

In 7th grade, we are reading science fiction! We are studying character traits and how their actions, thoughts, and dialogue impact the plot of a story as well as they way other characters respond. 

Writing:

We are writing about a character's response to a problem in the text and incorporating our opinion about the decision.

Reading:

In 8th grade we are reading nonfiction! Students have learned about the importance of social justice through planting trees and uniting people. 

Writing: 

Students are writing about the importance of Mama Miti's project in Kenya. 

Helpful Tips For Student Success

1) Continue to read daily! It is important to log what you read in your reading logs in order to keep track of your reading stamina. 

2) Write about what you read! Use your reading reflections as a way to jot down and record what occurred in the book you read. 

3) Ask questions! When we read, we are always formulating questions about the topic, characters, setting, plot, etc. 

4) Learn new vocabulary! When you continually read, you can build your vocabulary word bank. When you come across a word you do not know, try using context clues to figure out what it might mean. 

5) Graphic Organizers! Always try organizing your thoughts or new information you learned. There are so many organizers that you can use to help you comprehend the text.

Power School Link

This is a great website to keep track of grades. Please use it daily, as it important to constantly be on top of your grades!

https://owncs.powerschool.com/teachers/pw.html

Helpful Resources for All!

We can always use other resources to help us in school. Check out these links! Please keep an eye out for more that I will soon add to this list!

  • Newsela
  • Readworks.org
  • NY Times: The Learning Network
  • Google Arts and Cultures
  • Google Lit Trips
  • Library of Congress
  • National Geographic
  • The Literacy Shed
  • Flocabulary
  • GoNoodle
  • Learn Zillion
  • Crash Course/Study Jams
  • EDPuzzle
  • Nearpod
  • Scholastic Study Jams