Reading Road Maps: Literary Scope and Sequence for K-12

Reading Road Maps: Literary Scope and Sequence for K-12

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Item #: 005267
ISBN: 9780988898905
Grades: K-12

Product Description:

This book should be on every homeschooler's desk (and I don't mean the bookshelf!). Rarely will you hear me be quite so emphatic, but this book is a treasure! Designed to be a companion to Teaching the Classics, a Socratic approach to teaching literature, and undoubtedly an amazing resource for those using that approach, it is also an incredible reference for anyone who wants flexibility in terms of teaching literature coupled with "just enough" structure.

The authors identified 200 books for grades K-12 and then (in a wonderful spreadsheet format) annotated them with tons of information plot, conflict, theme, aids & devices, and alternate titles (other books that could be used). In short, it lists everything you need at your fingertips to supervise a comprehensive literary analysis of the book. As if that weren't enough, they further reworked that annotated information into six different curriculum models daily, weekly, monthly, six-week, quarterly, and seasonal. These different models mean that you can teach literature in whatever way you want. Want to focus on literature everyday? Want to conduct a short-term co-op course? Want to hit literature "hard" for a little while and then be done? This resource will help you plan and implement any of these scenarios.

The usefulness doesn't end there, however. There are separate chapters on writing from literature, learning objectives by grade level, grading and assigning credits, and major historical periods in western literature. The writing from literature section gives a brief overview of writing assignments (what sort and how long) for the elementary, junior high, and senior high levels. On the other hand, the analytical essay is dissected very thoroughly and a helpful "tootsie-roll" diagram helps the student to see how the parts of the essay work together. Just as helpful is the model essay that illustrates the effective use of this diagram. The graded learning objectives for literature are quite specific and can be used as a scope and sequence or for developing lesson plans. I used high school literature texts as references when I wanted information about the history of literature, but to have that same information at my fingertips would have been a beautiful thing. 234 pgs. pb ~ Janice

Publisher Description:

Now you can use theTeaching the Classicsmethod with a formal reading and literature curriculum guide that fits your busy schedule!

Reading Roadmapsis a comprehensive, 231-page, Scope & Sequence manual containing annotated reading lists for grades K-12. Designed as a supplement to theTeaching the Classicsbasic seminar, it brings together more than 200 classic titles specially chosen by Adam and Missy Andrews. Each entry summarizes the story's plot, conflicts, themes, and literary devices, along with links to teacher resources and suggestions for alternate titles.

Reading Roadmapsadapts to your style by offering SIX different curriculum models"from the Daily Model, designed for classroom teachers who address Lit every day, to the Seasonal Model, designed for parents focused on Math and Science who want some exposure to Lit as well. Whatever your level of interest in this subject,Reading Roadmapscan help you get results.(View a sample entry)

With more than 200 pages of resources,Reading Roadmapsoffers guidance on every aspect of teaching Lit, including:

  • Lesson planning " step-by-step instructions for conducting an oral discussion using theTeaching the Classicsmodel, with special attention to each grade level from K-12

  • Writing from literature " instructions for assigning and grading literature essays for all ages, including sample essays and our exclusive "Tootsie-Roll" diagram

  • Teaching objectives " a list of goals for each year from K-12 to keep your students on track toward a complete literary education

  • Grading and credits " complete instructions for grading oral discussions and reading/writing assignments, including reproducible grade sheets

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Adam & Missy Andrews
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Center for Literary Education
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11.0" x 8.5" x 0.62"
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My fourth grader completed the All About Reading curriculum, and we needed some structure to continue reading and expand to literature studies.
Sarah L on Jan 1, 2022
I love the Teaching the Classics method for Literature study. I will be using this guide to help me plan for multiple ages/ reading levels.
Alison D on May 28, 2021
My fourth grader completed the All About Reading curriculum, and we needed some structure to continue reading and expand to literature studies.
Sarah L on Jan 1, 2022
I want to be more effective at teaching literature since it's not my forte.
TIFFANY R on Jun 14, 2021
I love the Teaching the Classics method for Literature study. I will be using this guide to help me plan for multiple ages/ reading levels.
Alison D on May 28, 2021
Need all the extra help i can get!
Tara K on May 19, 2020
Watched a Youtube video that recommended it.
Judidth B on May 7, 2020
I am going to use this with my second grader who is just wrapping up All About Reading Level 4.
Domini T on Jan 11, 2020
I loved the Teaching the Classics DVDs, and I'm excited to see use the book recommendations in here!
Heidi J on Jul 24, 2019
To use after Teaching the Classics.... knowing what books to pick and a lit analysis guide for each book is GREAT resource!
User on Feb 18, 2019
A complete scope and sequence for literature in one volume? Why wouldn't I buy this?!
Julia R on Aug 24, 2018
I am revamping our 3-5 reading curriculum. This is exactly what I need for our literature based curriculum.
SUSAN C. on Jun 10, 2018
To supplement Teaching Classics curriculum
JACQUELINE O on Feb 10, 2018
interested in building our own literature-based plan for our family to read good books and learn at the same time.
Robert Jason P on Mar 27, 2017
Read some great reviews and we love book lists!
Julie H on Jun 21, 2016
I need good literature resources and I like the fact that this list continues from Teaching the Classics. It also came highly recommended.
Audria A on Jun 21, 2016
Literature ideas for homeschool
Leslie H on May 23, 2016
reviews were good
Karen A on Feb 9, 2016
I always need extra help picking reading books for my kids. This has been a great resource for that.
Katie O on Oct 15, 2015
I want to be more effective at teaching literature since it's not my forte.
TIFFANY R on Jun 14, 2021
Need all the extra help i can get!
Tara K on May 19, 2020
In the chapter on Writing from Literature, does it give specific essay prompts (for each book) that you can use when giving your students an essay-writing assignment? Thank you!
Shannon on Jan 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No it doesn't. I would check Teachers Pay Teachers for help in that department. This book does have suggested writing assignments split up by grade level as well as a diagram and model essay. They also include grading suggestions
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Rated 5 out of 5
A Great Guide
I needed something to enhance/continue reading for my 4th grader after completing All About Reading. This has been a great fit for us. The book selections are engaging and wholesome. (The recommended version of Snow White was a bit graphic in places, though.) Most are available at our local library. Many are older titles, but they are very well-written and useful for discussions. I've not only been using the list for my older child, but also for my younger two. I've been using it mostly as a guide and as a go-to booklist.
March 16, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent resource.
You won't be sorry! Buy it! This is an excellent resource for teaching classic literature and the socratic approach. If you can, pair it with the IEW Teaching the Classics.
January 14, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
I can't recommend
This is not a curriculum for reading literature. There are some useful things in this book, such as a list of books for each grade level and a guide for grading writing projects about literature (maybe), but overall I am not impressed. I'm an elementary school teacher and was disappointed to find that this book list is really outdated. There are NO books with diversity on the list for any grade level. The only ones that have POC characters are Huckleberry Finn and a few books about pioneers and homesteaders fighting off the "evil Savages." This is just not acceptable in our day and age. These books are not outright religious or teaching religion, but her white christian bias is obvious in how she analyzes the books and which books she chooses. Also, this book DOES NOT contain the list of questions to ask about the literature. It's almost like shes dividing all the necessary parts of a literature curriculum into as many books as possible so that you have to spend more money to buy them all. I did. I'm not happy I did. This is not a real curriculum - no lesson plans, just book lists and questions to ask. Don't waste your money like I did.
August 5, 2020
Rated 5 out of 5
Great resource
I wanted something to give me guidance as I start literature with my little ones. This is perfect. Reading lists for all grades that are adaptable for different schedules. They also include expectations for different grades. If you are comfortable with literature this may be enough, but if not they have a course to teach you how to use it. I might do that later but right now this is exactly what I needed.
October 3, 2016
over 6 years ago

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