Middle School Reading

Welcome to Middle School Reading and Critical Literacy!

My name is Ms. Kristina Kvarnlov-Leverty (Ms. Kvarnlov). I am one of 2 NSJ Middle School Reading Specialist teachers. I have been teaching at Nellie Stone Johnson since the fall of 2011. I have been teaching since 2005 and have previously taught Reading, English as a Second Lanugage and German Language for 3rd through 12th graders at schools in Forest Lake, MN.

I received my teaching degree in 2005 from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and finished my MEd. and the same school in the spring of 2010.

I am currently working with 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Reading at Nellie Stone Johnson. The Reading Department has completed the beginnings of Focused Instruction and each semester we are working with students towards quarterly assessments that push students forward in their academic reading and writing, as well as academic vocabulary.

Feel free to contact me, if you have any questions about our class and your students progress please contact me at: kristina.kvarnlov-leverty@mpls.k12.mn.us


Middle School Reading Programs in the Minneapolis Public Schools

Mission of MPS Middle School Reading Program
Students will actively construct meaning, learn about themselves and others, read strategically, and enjoy reading before graduating from 8th grade.
Reader’s Workshop classes that offer focused, culturally responsive instruction in reading at students’ instructional levels.  Students’ placement in Reader’s Workshop classes is determined (MCAIII, MAP, and F&P). Students’ instructional needs are determined using diagnostic assessments that include, but are not limited to:  F&P, Words Their Way Spelling Inventory, and common formative assessments.
Mini-lessons: (Included in Focused Instruction guides – working on growth toward Common Core Standards)
Based on collective student data, the teacher introduces and models strategies through think-alouds, and explicit comprehension instruction, including:
1.     Self monitoring
2.     Making inferences
3.     Reciprocal Teaching
4.     Close Critical Reading
Guided reading or conferencing:
Once the mini lesson is complete, students apply the content introduced to instructional level text in guided reading or independent level text during independent reading. In either of these contexts, the teacher works closely with the students to guide their application of the strategy to their work.
Independent reading
From the mini lesson, students move into independent reading. This takes rituals, routines and consistent support helping students find just right books that will get them engaged and building stamina. Periodically, students reflect on their reading and share with others by recording their thinking in their Reader’s Notebook. Strategies that support independent reading include:
  1. Independent level text
  2. Student choice of text
  3. Student goal setting to complete of 18 books in a year
  4. Reader’s Response notebook for responding to prompts about what they are reading
  5. Use of e-readers where available