Course Syllabus

Reading Course Syllabus


Christa McAuliffe Middle School

Course: Reading

Grade: 6

Teacher: Mr. P. Salcido

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” J

Dr. Seuss

Course Description:

This 6th grade reading course is designed to prepare students to meet the challenging literacy requirements of the 21st Century. The program is developed to supplement the grade 6 Common Core State Standards. Reading efficiency is enhanced through students’ increased understanding of how the English Language works and their ability to fully understand the dynamics of the language. The ongoing development and reinforcement of various reading strategies will increase independent reading, learning, and fluency. Opportunities for self-selection of reading material further promote independent reading, as students chose literature that will challenge and be at a high interest level. Integrated Dibels units will allow students to explore phonics of the English Language that connect with the learning that is taking place in other content areas. A variety of assessment tools will be used to show growth and achievement throughout the course.

Grading System:

All grading will be done on a point system. The points will be divided into these 5 categories:

  1. Interactive Notebook                                                                  
  2. Projects
  3. Assessments                                                              
  4. Daily Work
  5. Participation/Behavior

Grading Scale:

A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F 59 and below


-Assignments, primarily Dibel work, are to be completed by the end of each class period (unless otherwise discussed). Assignment will be turned into the students’ specific class-period bin or kept in their interactive notebooks.

-Each assignment that is not completed on time will not be graded higher than a B if the student fails to set up time to come in and finish the assignment (morning/lunch/after school). The grade will continue to go down a letter grade each day it is still not returned.

-When students are absent from class, they will be given one day for each absence to turn in their missing work. Student must make arrangements to come in and receive lesson and assignment (morning/lunch/after school).


These are short lessons that provide direct instruction and guided practice of skills and strategies. Mini lessons are followed by independent practice of the skills and strategies, which will take place in a variety of activities, usually on Fridays.

Interactive Reading Notebooks:

These notebooks are a very important tool we use in the classroom. Students use these notebooks to record new learning, process their thinking, and apply the new learning. These are meant to be a useful resource for the students and a place of reference throughout the year. It is important that these notebooks stay organized and display 7th grade work.

Independent Reading:

Students will be given time to silently read during class from both assigned literature and/or independent reading books. Students will be encouraged to read from a variety of genre.

Home Reading:

All students are also expected to read outside of class. As readers, we improve by reading! Students will have conversations and journal about their home reading.


  1. Verbal Warning   2. Parent Phone Call   3. Lunch/After School Detention   4. Parent Meeting 5. Referral to Restorative Discipline Specialist, Ms. Miller.   6. Administrative Referral

Classroom Expectations:

C: Always be COURTEOUS. Say “please,” “thank you,” “yes sir,” and “no sir” etc

A: ALWAYS come prepared. Bring all required materials and supplies to class every day especially a pen/pencil.

R: RESPECT yourself, others, property, and Mr. Salcido. 

E: Give EFFORT 100% each and every day.  

How to Reach Mr. Salcido:

I may be reached by phone: (210) 623-6260 (before school: 6:45-7:15am and afterschool: 3:00-3:45pm)  or email:    

Please email/call me with questions, comments, concerns. I am always happy to help. I can’t wait to make this a fabulous year!! Thanks for sharing your son/daughter with me.


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