Please note that the Readers in Residence Volume 1 Answer Key will not be available until late in September. Apologia has provided the first several modules of the key in PDF format which can be downloaded at: Answer Key PDF Download or at their Readers in Residence product page.
Your children have learned to read. Now it's time to read to learn.
Do you desire a lifetime of learning for your young readers one in which they read with understanding and come away enriched? Let Readers in Residence help you to reach that goal.
Do you want to share the joy of reading with your children and use great literature to develop their moral compass and empathy for others? Readers in Residence will help you achieve that too.
Step by step, Readers in Residence teaches students how to comprehend what they read while appreciating its beauty. High-interest activities, creative responses to reading assignments, and opportunities to share books with others will keep students motivated and grow their love for learning.
This powerful program will help students:
* Read for deep understanding and consider literature in light of God's Word
* Recognize overarching patterns through such elements as character development, plot, and theme
* Build rich vocabularies by making educated guesses about the meanings of unfamiliar words from the context
*Identify the connotations and figurative meanings of words and phrases
* Develop expert reading strategies such as asking questions, making inferences, and connecting clues
Students will enjoy beloved classics like Charlotte's Web, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Sarah, Plain and Tall, as well as three books of their own choosing. Projects, book clubs, and topics for family discussion make this an engaging program for all types of learners.
Readers in Residence, Volume 1: Sleuth is written directly to students in a conversational style and is designed for fourth through sixth graders, as well as for older students with no prior instruction in reading comprehension skills. Every module concludes with biblical applications. Very little teacher prep time is needed with this flexible curriculum, and it may be used with several children at multiple grade levels. You can use this program at home and in homeschool co-ops, forging lasting bonds while developing masterful readers.
Your child can read independently; congratulations! But he/she is not done learning to read-and our job as reading teacher isn't done either! This Debra Bell curriculum from Apologia helps you coach your student to become expert readers. Through step-by-step processes with an emphasis on progress-not perfection-students acquire reading skills to learn, to organize information, ask questions and make inferences, and to progressively become more skilled in using more advanced reading skills. The curriculum provides detailed instruction on using context clues for vocabulary, reading for inferences, and close reading. Students will also learn literary terms, to identify genre and to use genre-specific strategies to evaluate that literature. They will recognize and evaluate the author's style, the author's intent and how the author crafts language to achieve his goal. For the target-audience student, this is considered a one-year program. Reading assignments are aimed at 4-6 grades, but the program builds in flexibility for different ages and abilities by allowing you to pick and choose assignments based on your student's needs. The author's intent is that older struggling learners or those who are new to analytical reading can benefit from the course. Your goal as teacher is to provide targeted feedback emphasizing quality and effort. The goal for the student is to become an "expert reader."
The course requires two components and specific editions of Sarah, Plain and Tall; Charlotte's Web, and Because of Winn-Dixie. In the consumable Volume 1 combined student text/workbook, students focus in on three types of narrative fiction styles, each represented by a specific book: historical, animal fantasy and contemporary realistic. The full-color, 562-page, spiral bound, reinforced softcover student text/workbook is consumable and non-reproducible.
The material easily guides the student along. Six different units are divided into smaller portions called modules. Each unit includes an introduction, a creative project, a grading rubric, starter questions, preview of learning goals, student samples, a Reader's Toolbox (reading strategies), graphic organizers to organize their assignment, Ruminate sections (for higher-order thinking) and comprehension questions, vocabulary and English writing rules, progress logs, and tips for starting their own book club (5 total book club suggestions as an option). A Sowing Seeds section pulls from the reading assignment to connect with spiritual truths. Student samples aid students in their answers and writing. The text layout is appealing with a good balance of color, graphics and text.
Units alternate between an assigned book in the specified genre and then an On Your Own (OYO) unit providing students the opportunity to apply the skills they've learned in the previous unit to a book of their own choosing (within the specified genre).
The second component, the 232-page, non-reproducible Vol. 1 Answer Key, contains much more than just answers. You'll have the tools you need to more accurately gauge reading skill development and comprehension. The key helps you make a daily schedule, explain assignments, keep track of your child's progress-and probably most importantly-evaluate your child's work. Be aware that the key provides answers (color-identified) only when one correct answer, varied answers, and example or inference-type answers are required. Therefore, there are no answers provided for modules 5, 10 and 14, but you'll be able to easily discern these yourself. I love that this curriculum provides project-specific rubrics (6-point gradated checklist for evaluation). With these, both student and teacher can easily understand a project's requirements and students learn to evaluate their own progress. The Volume 1 Student Text and Answer Key can be purchased as a Set. The specifically required reading books are listed below for your convenience. ~ Ruth