Drawn Into the Heart of Reading Teacher's Guide
- Developed for use with students of multiple ages at the same time.
- Based on instructions and activities that work with any literature.
- Designed for use as your entire reading program or as a sup- plement to an existing program for students in grades 2 - 8.
- Intended for use year after year as you move students through the various levels of instruction.
- Structured around daily plans that are divided into 3 levels of instruction.
- Divided into nine units which can be taught in any order.
Genre Studies expose students to a variety of literary styles. Genre units included in the program are are follows:
- Historical Fiction
- Realistic Fiction
- Folk Tale
Godly Character Lessons evaluate a character's actions using a Christian standard that is based on Godly character traits. The major traits emphasized are as follows:
- Fear of the Lord
- Brotherly Love
Story Element Lessons focus on a different element for each genre. The following story elements are included:
- Main Idea/Theme
- Point of View
- Pre-reading Activities create a purpose for reading the text.
- Guided Literature Discussions help students gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of the text.
- Vocabulary Activities teach different strategies to help discover the meanings of unfamiliar words in the text.
- Creative Projects emphasize a variety of choices to address the needs of all types of learners. Choices include Godly character project options, book based project options, or group project options.
A reading program with lots of flexibility: use for multiple ages for multiple years, with the recommended or personally selected literature, in units ordered by your choosing, with either teacher-directed or independent activities of your selection. The program provides recommended reading lists organized by reading level and gender preference. However, the activities and instructions can be used with any literature. Each level will study biography, adventure, historical and realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, folk tale, nonfiction, and humor. Daily plans are divided into 3 levels of instruction. Each level divides into nine units which teach literary elements (character, setting, problem or conflict, mood, prediction and inference, comparison/contrast, cause/effect, main idea/theme, perspective, and point of view. These are taught through a variety of methods including pre-reading activities, guided literature discussions, creative projects, evaluating characters' actions in terms of Godly character traits, and more.
My son is in 3rd grade so we are working out of the 2nd/3rd level and it is challenging for him, but in a good way. I don’t think he could have handled it in 2nd grade, though. There isn’t much space for writing in the workbook, so I sometimes have to have him dictate his answers to me. There are 3 choices for end of unit projects, one choice requires another material, so be prepared to buy that also if you want to use those options.
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