By middle school, students are expected to decode unfamiliar words, read fluently and comprehend and remember what they have read. They are expected to read an increasing amount and variety of text independently, and use what they learn to study or provide written responses. Although the skills change as students age, direct instruction in reading comprehension is as important in middle school as it is in elementary school. All students benefit from direct reading instruction.
    The reading units of study exist inside a reading workshop model. Within this model, there are opportunities for the teacher to read to students and for students to read independently. The primary focus of this class is to build a repertoire of reading strategies that allow each student to achieve his or her fullest potential. To increase the value of reading strategies learned in reading class, all students are encouraged to apply these strategies in everyday reading. No matter what your ability practice makes progress!