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Science & Technology Advancements (Level 7)

Dr. Harper, Ed.D.
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This is a five-day reading comprehension course for students with a seventh-grade reading level. Each session is 55 minutes long and will cover one adapted science news article from Newsela.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
  • 1. Students will improve reading comprehension skills by participating in guided reading activities to answer comprehension questions focused on the use of inference skills, compare and contrast skills, main ideas and supporting details, analysis skills, and application skills. 2. Students will identify new vocabulary using context clues, synonyms, and antonyms. 3. Students will write summaries of each article that reflect their understanding of the main topics presented in the article using graphic organizers and note taking strategies.
Homework Offered
Students will be given a writing assignment at the end-of-each assignment. The assignment will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the text read in each session by completing a summary. Other short answer questions may be assigned, if needed, to help focus student's attention on relevant content.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Comprehension questions and vocabulary matching will use a percentage system of assessment to determine levels of improvement. The summary assignments will be evaluated based on the 4 point rubric provided to the students.
Grades Offered
 3 files available upon enrollment
1. Paper 2. Pencil 3. Copies of articles and other documents posted by the teacher in the classroom. Articles will be posted for student access at the end of the session preceding the session in which the article will be used.
Articles used in each session:
•	Brain-reading software allows those who are paralyzed to communicate,by Ian Sample.
•	Brainy move enables man to regain use of hand, by Associated Press. 
•	Just imagine: School holds world’s first brain-powered drone race, by Associated Press.
•	Touching moments in prosthetics: New bionic limbs that can ‘feel,’ by Washington Post.
•	Researcher enables patient to use brain to move fingers on prosthetic arm, by Baltimore Sun.
Joined December, 2018
Teacher expertise and credentials
Doctoral Degree in Education
California Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
California Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education
Texas Teaching Certificate - Elementary Education
Greetings OutSchool Parents and Students! 
I am Dr. Debra Harper. My specialty areas of teaching are English language arts, beginning, intermediate, and secondary reading skills, beginning, intermediate, and secondary writing instruction, reading... 
Group Class


for 5 classes
5x per week, 1 week
55 min

Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-15
3-6 learners per class

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