Readers in Residence Volume 1 Set

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Item #: RDRRS1
Grades: 4-6

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Publisher: Apologia

Category Description for Readers in Residence

Your child can read independently; congratulations! But he/she is not done learning to readand our job as reading teacher isnt 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 progressnot perfectionstudents 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 authors style, the authors 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 students needs. The authors 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; Charlottes 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 Readers 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 theyve 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. Youll 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 childs progressand probably most importantlyevaluate your childs 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 youll 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 projects 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

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Loved It
Loved this curriculum. It guides the student through analyzing the different aspects of literature, though various genres, and then allows the student to apply what was learned to books of their choice. It worked great for my 4th/5th grader (we started it in the spring and finished the following fall). Really looking forward to the next installment!
November 14, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Not what we had hoped for
The curriculum is supposed to be for fourth grade and up, however we didn’t find it challenging for our fourth grader. It seemed like repetitive busy work so we gave up after four chapters.
October 5, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Great
All I had to do was purchased the books. I got them used and we are ready to go! Just follow the book, tell you what to do. Easy to follow. Love the checklist!
July 11, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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A trusted friend bought it last year for her daughter. I love the full color lay out and want a curriculum to help make reading fun and meaningful to my fourth grader. She has been reluctant to learn to read and I want something amazing as she transitions to the reading to learn process of her education.
Robyn S on Aug 10, 2018
My daughter like Writers in Residence and wants to try this
User on Jun 18, 2018
A trusted friend bought it last year for her daughter. I love the full color lay out and want a curriculum to help make reading fun and meaningful to my fourth grader. She has been reluctant to learn to read and I want something amazing as she transitions to the reading to learn process of her education.
Robyn S on Aug 10, 2018
We have used Writer's in Residence and have had a great experience with that product. This product has a similar layout and is written by the same author.
Carol D on Aug 6, 2018
My daughter like Writers in Residence and wants to try this
User on Jun 18, 2018
We have been using Writer's in Residence this semester and really like it. I'm hoping to like the reading program just as much.
Katie H on May 15, 2018
It looks very thorough.
Susan B on Dec 29, 2017
I'm very excited about this curriculum. My son is in grade one but his reading skills took off so quickly I didn't feel like I had time to teach him how to analyze what he's reading. Looking at the online previews I think we will have fun learning how to "read to learn" together.
Jody M on Oct 12, 2017
After looking at numerous reading programs I felt that Debra Bell's approach would meet my family's needs at this time. I wanted a program that did't just present questions for answering specific readers but one that would lay out a plan for critically looking at any book we read.
Karen L on Sep 20, 2017
Reviews and comments from friends.
Heather R on Aug 21, 2017
It was recommended to me by a fellow homeschooler with good reviews.
Jackie J on May 14, 2017
Best price I found online for a new curriculum I'd like to try.
Matthew M on May 13, 2017
Loved the detail and books chosen, also liked that it included vocabulary with reading comprehension. The sample impressed me in that it explains the why of comprehension to kids instead of just handing them a workbook with random text and asking them to answer questions about it.
Jenny Y on May 9, 2017
The book provides a very clear and easy step by step guide for learning how to read critically. It promotes independent learning with minimal involvement from parent.
Rudy . on Nov 21, 2016
We have used Writer's in Residence and have had a great experience with that product. This product has a similar layout and is written by the same author.
Carol D on Aug 6, 2018
We have been using Writer's in Residence this semester and really like it. I'm hoping to like the reading program just as much.
Katie H on May 15, 2018
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