• Frequently Asked Questions for Academic Reading


    Q. What is the purpose of Academic Reading?

    A.     The purpose of this course is to help students achieve success in high school through acquisition of reading strategies and skills that are transferrable to other content areas. Ultimately, Academic Reading is a course for college and career readiness; we aim to help all students who want to improve their reading skills.

    Q. How are students considered for placement in Academic Reading? 

    A.     Recommendation for student placement into Academic Reading is based on several factors including teacher recommendation, reading test scores, and middle school performance. These students are often not eligible for additional academic support. This is an intermediate level course.

    Q. Is this in addition to my child’s Freshman English class?

    A.     Yes; Academic Reading is taken in addition to Freshman English. The reading strategies students obtain in Academic Reading are a support to all content area courses.

    Q. Does this “count” for credit?

    A.     Yes; this course counts as elective credit. Students receive a ½ credit per semester toward graduation requirements as in any elective course.

    Q. Do students stay in this course the entire year?

    A.     We strongly suggest that students stay in this course for the entire year as the strategies become increasingly more challenging and will benefit students in other subjects. Additionally, students’ reading levels are assessed at the start and end of the year, and by remaining in the class, students can continue to progress in their growth.

    Q. Are there other opportunities for my student to receive reading assistance? 

    A.     Academic Reading is the only course offered at the high schools that directly assists students with reading. 

    Q. Would my student benefit more from a study hall?

    A.     Not necessarily, as a study hall provides students with an independent, self-monitored time during the school day to work on homework. The teacher in the room serves as a monitor and not an instructor.

    Q. Will this class add to my student’s work load?

    A.     The outside-of-class workload is typically less than an hour of work per week.  As this class is strategy-based, most of the practice for these skills will occur in class. Strategies actually assist students with their content-area coursework and will help them work through other homework more efficiently.

    Q. Are the students in Academic Reading tracked?

    A.     No. Taking Academic Reading will not impact the rest of the student’s schedule other than it will take the place of a different elective.

    Q. What does a typical day in Academic Reading “look” like?

    A.     A typical day is divided into independent self-selected reading, journaling, and working on reading strategies and skills. Strategies with nonfiction and fiction are practiced as a whole class and in small groups. Ultimately, students implement strategies on their own and apply them to other classes.


     Questions?  Contact Wheaton North English Department Chair Nicole Blazier at (630) 784-7300, ext. 8408 or nicole.blazier@cusd200.org