Course Overview

Reading Skills and Strategies


State of Illinois Course Code: 01066A000

Reading Skills and Strategies is a course is designed to help the struggling reader develop mastery in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary building, study skills, and media literacy, which are the course's primary content strands. Using these strands, the course guides the student through the skills necessary to be successful in the academic world and beyond. The reading comprehension strand focuses on introducing the student to the varied purposes of reading (e.g., for entertainment, for information, to complete a task, or to analyze). In the vocabulary strand, the student learns specific strategies for understanding and remembering new vocabulary. In the study skills strand, the student learns effective study and test-taking strategies. In the media literacy strand, the student learns to recognize and evaluate persuasive techniques, purposes, design choices, and effects of media. The course encourages personal enjoyment in reading with 10 interviews featuring the book choices and reading adventures of students and members of the community.

The content is based on the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards and aligned to state standards.

Length: One semester.

Prerequisite: None.

Recommended Placement: Middle school or lower level high school; 8th grade bridge.

Communication Plan

The IVS Standard Communication Plan link below describes the expected activities, tools, and frequency each instructor will employ to connect with students and schools, share general information, report student progress, and provide instructional support. Each teacher also provides his/her individualized communication plan in the Welcome Unit of each course.

IVS Standard Communication Plan

Scope and Sequence

Unit 1: Introduction to Reading Skills and Strategies

Unit 2: Introduction to Reading Processes

Unit 3: Reading for Entertainment: Fiction

Unit 4: Reading for Information: Magazine Articles

Unit 5: Reading for Information: Newspapers

Unit 6: Reading for Information: Essays

Unit 7: Reading to Complete a Task: School Texts

Unit 8: Reading to Complete a Task: Functional Documents

Unit 9: Reading to Analyze Literature: Poetry

Unit 10: Reading to Analyze Literature: Prose

Unit 11: Final Review and Exam


Throughout the course, you may be expected to complete the following types of activities in each unit: interactive lessons; readings; written assignments; discussions; communication assignments; and assessments including quizzes, tests, projects, labs and cumulative exams.


No additional materials will be needed for this course. All curricular content is contained within the lessons and activities.