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Guthriegabs About: Nonfiction Informational Reading Comprehension Middle School

Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
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Increase nonfiction reading comprehension by using the three pillars of comprehension: vocabulary knowledge, text connections, and text structure. Articles alternate between science and history. #confidence

Class Experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Identify and organize the main idea.
  • Identify common prefixes, base and root words, and suffixes. Understand the meaning of common word morphemes.
  • Summarize articles and paragraphs.
  • Use inference to make conclusions.
  • Determine the text structure of paragraphs and articles. Use a graphic organizer to organize the text based on text structures.
I have been a state licensed and highly-qualified teacher for over 15 years. I was named my school's district reading and writing teacher on two occasions. I have always seen myself as a reading teacher for all of my students. Students who are in grades 3 and above read to learn and need to learn the strategies that make this possible.
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Students do not have homework between classes. Work will be completed in class. Students may always submit questions about class and suggestions for future stories in the classroom comments.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Teacher comments and discussions.
Learners need to be able to read independently at a grade 6 reading level or higher. 
This class focuses on comprehension, so vocabulary and content will be reviewed and explained. Some reading questions require a written answer.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students will be provided with a link to the reading passage upon request.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
  • Pear Deck
I use Nearpod to create an interactive lesson for all students. One reason I use the Nearpod platform is that learners respond anonymously.  No student names are posted alongside the responses. 
 When learners respond to questions using Pear Deck, other learners cannot see the names of the response authors.     Learners can answer questions during each lesson privately without the worry of making public mistakes. Students will be provided a link at the start of class that opens up a Nearpod presentation. Students do not need a code or membership to Nearpod.

All text passages are from reliable news sources or publishers. 
Non-fiction books
American Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Museums
Library of Congress
Imperial War Museum
Joined April, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
South Carolina Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education
Master's Degree in Education from Southern Wesleyan
Bachelor's Degree in Education from Limestone University
I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

   Learners need to see the relevance of what they learn. Then, they... 
Group Class


1x per week
55 min

Completed by 554 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
3-6 learners per class

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