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Ms. Ariel Adrian - Reading

I'm Ms. Ariel Adrian, Reading Teacher at Commack School District. The best way to reach me is by email: I work in Commack High School and Commack Middle School, teaching Reading to Grades 6-12, Wilson Language, and Visualizing/Verbalizing. I encourage parents and students to contact me via email with any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you.

Class Assignments


Active Reading Strategies

Fluency: Reading texts accurately and with expression / Reading Stamina

Annotation: What are they and how do I use them?

Book-Head-Heart: What is happening? How can I connect this to the world? How does this make me feel?

Signposts: Alerting readers to significant moments in a work of literature or non-fiction and encouraging students to read closely for a deeper understanding

Content Area Literacy: Connecting to content area and academic classes

GISTing and Summarizing 

Context clues


Identify main ideas

Drawing conclusions and making inferences 

Test taking strategies for multiple choice questions

Comparing and contrasting information

Fact vs. opinion

Identifying author's purpose 

Confidence while reading 

Class Expectations and Policies

Reading students will be learning how to become lifelong readers, and will be given time daily in class to read books together and independently. Through lessons, class discussion, and conferencing, students will be learning how to choose books, where to find these books, and how to read for self-enjoyment. Students will record their progress in their notebook - an artifact that will hold all of their thoughts, questions, active reading strategies, and opinions throughout the year. In addition to reading books, students will learn Active Reading Strategies to help improve their reading skills both for school and for real-world reading. Students will be taught how to annotate as they read to guide their comprehension. We will also work on fluency, meaning reading texts accurately, quickly, and with expression. A major portion of our class is focused on Retrospective Miscue Analysis - inviting readers to explore their own sense making. One result is a positive shift in how readers view themselves. This is called Revaluing.
Class Expectations and Grading on Infinite Campus:
Participation and Classwork
Reading meets every other day and is a pass/fail class.
Marble notebook / 2 Pocket Folder / Post-its / Positive attitude :) 
 Supplies are kept in the classroom.
Extra Help:
I am in Commack High School from Periods 2-5 every day. Extra help is held in room 126 weekly before school. Please see Ms. Adrian for the weekly extra help schedule.

Retrospective Miscue Analysis

I use Retrospective Miscue Analysis during my conferences with students - inviting readers to explore their own sense making. The result is a positive shift in how readers view themselves. This is called Revaluing. I use RMA as a tool to demonstrate the high quality miscues (unexpected responses to the text) that the students make, and how these high quality miscues are actually indicative of the predictions that we make as we read. RMA helps students to become strategic, to actively search for meaning and gain insight into the reading process. 
  • Miscues: Unexpected responses a reader makes to a text. Research shows that miscues are not random, capricious or evidence of confusion, but reveal the logical predictions readers make based on their background knowledge, experience, and what they know about language and how language works.
  • Miscue Analysis: Provides a window into the reader's use of language systems (menaing, syntax, visual) and reading strategies (sampling, inferring, predicting, confirming/disconfirming and correcting) and how proficiently the reader integrates these systems and cues to construct meaning in a text. 

Follow our class notes, essential questions, and accompanying work:

March Madness Poetry Brackets
- The Hate U Give -  Period 2 Even
 - Life as We Knew It- Period 2 Odd

Class Downloads

Period 2 Even Class - Please sign up for REMIND notifications. See me if you have any questions on how to register.
Contact Information
By Mail:  1 Scholar Lane Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2100
By Email:
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