Perspectives in Literature (Reading 6) Subject Kit 3rd Edition
A comprehensive literature course, this program allows students to enjoy literary texts from a variety of genres while assessing the reading from a biblical worldview. Students develop strong critical thinking skills through silent reading, finding support answers with evidence from the text, practicing reading orally, and learning to understand vocabulary in context. The last 20 lessons of the curriculum (160-180) include lesson plans for a novel of choice (with different Lexile Reading Levels). The complete kit includes Teacher Guides One, Two, and Three, the Student Book, Activities Book, Activities Answer Key, Assessments, and the Assessments Answer Key. It also includes three novels: The Book of Three, A Single Shard, and The Island of the Blue Dolphins.
The Student Edition is centered around six unit themes: relationships, knowledge, courage, leadership, overcoming evil, and making choices. The text is structured around the Reading Process Approach, involving close reading for deeper comprehension. With this approach, students encounter questions and other information before they read, questions within the margins during reading, and review questions addressing genre, literary elements, comprehension, and biblical worldview shaping after reading.
Activities to reinforce reading skills are included in the Student Activities book. Most selections include two pages of activities. Choosing correct vocabulary, answering questions, multiply choice, completing charts, and writing summaries are just some of the activities in this consumable book. Activities Answer Key includes a copy of the activities book with answers in red.
The organized, spiral-bound Teacher Editions come in three separate books and provide complete lesson plans. Although written for a classroom, parents can easily adapt for homeschool use. The reduced student pages are also included as well as complete answers to questions in the student book. Useful instructional aids are in the back of each teacher book. Some of these instructional tools include vocabulary preassessments and reviews, graphic organizers, and informal reading evaluations. The lesson plans for the novels are in Part 3 of the Teacher Editions.
Assessments provide a reading check for each selection consisting of five short questions. There are also six comprehensive assessments that include a short reading excerpt and multiple- choice questions following the reading. Lastly, six unit tests include a combination of multiple choice, matching, true/false, and short answer questions. The Assessments Answer Key includes all the assessments with the answers in red.
Intended as a bridge to the BJU Literature program, this course emphasizes literary elements, study skills, listening, strategies, vocabulary and critical reading skills. Selections remain a mix of classic literature excerpts and quality stories from other sources. The Home School Kit contains Teacher's Edition, Student Text, Student Worktext, Worktext Teacher's Edition, and the Teaching Visuals Flip Chart. The two-volume Teacher's Edition now also includes the Message from Print DVD.
Providing a comprehensive range of skills, this program transitions from systematic phonics and decoding in the younger grades to reading comprehension in the higher grades. Students learn key strategies for reading comprehension as well as literary terms with a variety of wholesome, engaging stories from all genres including biographies, narrative exposition, historical fiction, Bible stories, and imaginary (fantasy). Biblical principles are taught as students discern what they read through the lens of the Bible. Using phonetic awareness activities to review phonics while developing comprehension in the younger levels, the series steadily progresses to higher order thinking and more challenging literary styles and techniques, including more composition/writing activities by grade 6.
The basal readers are colorful and have an appealing layout with a nice balance of open space and text. There is also a good mix of silent reading for comprehension and oral reading for communication while developing reading proficiency. Close reading strategies help students stay focused on key details while reading. Some levels have opportunities for longer readers with leveled novel studies.
Student worktexts contain practice pages to reinforce new vocabulary words and reading comprehension. A variety of other skills such as map and timeline reading, making a schedule, writing activities, and more are also included in the student worktext. This independent practice reinforces the reading and skills covered in the lessons.
The Teacher Editions contain complete lesson plans, with answered student pages (either full-size or reduced text). Lessons begin with skill development, then teaching, with optional reinforcement activities and discussion questions. Before reading begins, there are also suggestions for story introductions and interactive lessons. Because it is written for classroom instruction, there is a lot of information in the teacher guide; however, use this as a guide to meet the needs of your student. Grades 1-3 Teachers Editions come with a Toolkit CD; Grade 6 includes a DVD. Kits include all needed items: Teacher’s Edition, Student Text, Student Worktext, and Teacher Worktext.
This complete reading program promotes a lifelong love of reading as students develop reading fluency and learn to look for quality literature they can read on their own. Personally, our family has used and enjoyed this program in our homeschools and our daughters use it in their homeschools too!