Elson Readers: Book Five

Elson Readers: Book Five

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Item #: 007728
ISBN: 9781890623197
Grades: 5

Category Description for Elson Readers:

Does the name William Harris Elson ring a bell? If so, you probably remember him for his Fun with Dick and Jane readers. However, earlier in his career, he created this reading series, which first appeared in 1909. This series has been reprinted from the 1920 edition of the Elson readers, with the original format, layout, study questions, and illustrations retained. The only updating you'll find here is in some of the text, which has been updated and edited "only where necessary" in terms of spelling and punctuation. All poetry has been untouched, and the end result of the book is an edition very faithful to the original. Like other readers from the time period, the selections will be more advanced than we are used to seeing in similarly-graded editions of today, but whatever difficulty may be encountered in reading is more than made up for in the quality reading selections, many by great authors. Where else can you be introduced to pieces by Davy Crockett, John James Audobon, Sir Walter Scott, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ralph Waldo Emerson at this level? The selections also tend to focus on our country, nature, U.S. and world history, classic literature, the Bible, biographies of great men, classic fairy tales and adventure stories, and more. Readers for grades seven and eight incorporate more "classic" American literature, from well-known authors. The overall flavor is a very patriotic, conservative, academic feel that lovers of history and great literature are sure to appreciate. Selections include a mix of prose and poetry, and longer selections are often divided into more manageable portions to retain comprehension. At the lower levels, reading selections feature folk tales, poems (including Mother Goose), and simple, wholesome stories.

Each grade level consists of a paperback reader and a teacher's guide. The readers contain reading selections and a glossary. Readers for Grade 3 and above also feature a "Helps to Study" section with suggested comprehension questions for each reading selection. The teacher's guide contains objectives for each section, answers to the comprehension questions, and extension activities, which often involve writing assignments, using graphic organizers, hands-on activities, or answering comprehension questions for a piece that did not originally include study questions. Vocabulary exercises are included at the end of each unit in the teacher's guides for upper elementary/junior high levels, while vocabulary is incorporated into the comprehension questions at lower levels. In upper elementary grades, vocabulary worksheets are strictly word-definition exercises, where the word is supplied, and the student must write a definition. As the original readers and teacher's guides focus primarily on reading skill and comprehension, the updated teacher's guides attempt to fill in the gaps as far as literature study is concerned. Therefore, some of the extended activities focus on teaching concepts like conflict, plot, characterization, cause-effect, poetic meter, rhyme schemes, and more. An appendix at the end of the upper elementary teacher's guide offers advice on silent and oral reading, graphic aids for oral presentations and the writing process, a brief description of World War I (often referred to in the readers, due to the publication date) and a copy of the glossary included in the reader. Primer, Book One , and Book Two teacher's guides are more minimal, and include comprehension/vocabulary questions for most stories, worksheets that focus on phonics, word word usage or simple story elements, and some guidance on including phonetic instruction into the lessons.

If you enjoy the feel and challenge of a "vintage" literature program, I think you'll enjoy the Elson readers. Readers will be exposed to a variety of quality writers, a lot of excellent nature and history writing, and a great love for our country. As mentioned above, comprehension and clarity in reading are the main focus of the series, and although an effort has been made with regard to literary structure and elements, you may wish to complement the series with a supplement that spends more time dissecting these elements. - Jess

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William Elson & Christine Keck
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Lost Classics Book Company
1.25 (lbs.)
8.5" x 5.5" x 1.25"
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The Elson Reader Books are Fabulous!!! I have been using these books for the last three years and am currently using Book 5 Each reader is overflowing with fantastic stories We have had the opportunity to be exposed to some phenomenal literature that we normally would not come across-especially at such a young age I would agree with the description that it sometimes dates or makes reference to the Great War (WWI); however this does not detract in any way from the stories or content of the readers I would highly recommend getting the teachers book to go along with this series if you choose to use it as a comprehensive literature book The Rainbow Resource description for the teacher book is pretty spot on Reflecting back on the teachers book three it has a lot of discussion and comprehension questions Book four built upon this while adding vocabulary terms that were used in the stories Now that we are in book five it continues to build upon the previous books but is beginning to include the use of literary terms such as recognizing what plot characterization and conflict are In the teacher books there are comprehension pages that can be printed and given to your child as well as vocabulary pages and some other activity pages Comprehension questions along with the answers are located in each teacher book This is helpful since the teacher book does NOT contain the actual stories I would recommend the adult read the story prior to assigning it to your child so you can be familiar with it This requires a little bit of time on your part This is helpful but not always necessary Overall these are delightful readers that have gone above and beyond my expectations I am constantly amazed at the quality of these readers considering how reasonably priced they are I am so glad that I took a gamble on purchasing that first book According to my youngest child getting an Elson reader is a must have for school
February 5, 2014

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