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Verbal Development Courses

Reading Comprehension
Suggested Age

 10-12

 

Prerequisite

Must have at least a 3rd grade reading fluency for rate and accuracy, with average word attack skills and phonics recognition.

 

Purpose/Process

In Reading Comprehension, we complete two Reading Detective courses in addition to a few science passages, history passages, a hands on object lesson from the Bible: The Potter and the Clay, 2 classic short stories (4 – 12 pages): The Christmas Truce (true WWI  story), and Ransom of Red Chief (O. Henry) and MORE! We do NOT cover whole classics (Romeo and Juliet, Moby Dick, etc.) in literature.

Reading Detective books have the following content:

  • Reading Detective RX for learning vital lessons in Main Idea, Inference, Theme, Symbolism, Vocabulary in context, Perspective, Literary devices such as Personification, Metaphors, Similes, Foreshadowing, Back flashes, Irony, etc. with stories geared to the interest level of 7th – 12th graders but written on a lower level 4th –7th grade level. Students complete 2 in class and 2 for homework weekly.

 

  • Reading Detective 5-6 for 5th – 6th grade level reading material that combines all the elements learned in the fall!

 

  • We analyze literature pieces, starting initially on a fourth grade level, then elevating throughout the year to 7th grade level. In the fall, we learn one lesson at a time… Main Idea, Inference, Theme, Symbolism etc., with a few stories each that focus on that skill. Students complete 1 lesson and story in class and 3 for homework weekly.

 

  • Throughout the Fall and Spring, I add passages from many genre / other courses as well (rom science to history, to government to humanities)

 

Each class begins with a fun, engaging activity in Practical Practice (detailed later in this document) or a similar exercise. In one class, we’ll have a relay race when we study Sequencing: each team gets 10 independent slips of paper (gleaned from the relay) with sentences from a passage, and must determine their order using key words in sentences that denote subtle sequencing.

 

In the introductory class activity, Practical Practice, students compete against each other using activity cards of increasing difficulty which are geared toward strengthening and understanding reading activities in everyday life. Some are tough! I want the students to be able to read ANYTHING with understanding – not only fiction and nonfiction, but also directions, instructions, directories, guides & maps, labels and packaging, schedules, menus and recipes, catalogs & internet shopping, as well as ads and coupons! Each activity card comes with 10 questions, helping them read for detail. We added a fun field trip to supplement the fun– Mall Madness (following directions, instructions and maps on a scavenger hunt)!

 

We finish the year with 5 weeks of hands-on reading comprehension activities: figuring out a complicated board game as a team, how to put together a model by following directions, determining the best schedule of ODA classes for a new student, a map quest, making an amazing brownie recipe on the last day of class and more!

 

Curriculum/Materials

All materials provided:

  • Reading Detective 3-4

  • Reading Detective 5-6

  • Practical Practice activity cards

  • Reading Detective Math, Science and History excerpts

  • Student Supply List:

    • 2 black pens

    • 4 pencils (#2)

    • 1 two inch 3-ring Notebook (No spiral bound notebooks!)

    • 5 notebook dividers: (Title: Syllabus/ Calendar, Notes, Weekly Worksheets, Tests)

    • 32 sheet protectors

    • 64 sheets of ruled paper (No spiral bound notebooks)

Why Study Vocabulary

Growth in students’ vocabulary is essential for them to excel in verbal communication as well as in written expression. Using an extensive vocabulary is much like creating a picture with a paint palette abounding with hundreds of colors. Speakers and writers with large vocabularies have the tools to create innumerable nuances of articulate expression with precision and grace. Expansive vocabularies allow students to surpass others in the Critical Reading portion of the SAT and ACT in addition to the Writing section. Students who have a strong foundation in vocabulary, as well as in etymology find learning foreign languages simpler as well!

Middle School Vocabulary

 

Middle School vocabulary instruction focuses on preparing students with strategies to unlock the meaning of words they will encounter in content area texts, literature, and high-stakes-tests. We will use book 5 for one level group in class and 7 for the other level group, depending upon student level. Parents will determine student levels by looking at course word lists. Classes will progress to books 6 and 8 next year.

 

Suggested Age

11-13

 

Student Books

Engaging books are an excellent tool to build vocabulary while strengthening reading, writing, and critical thinking skills – skills research concludes are necessary for success in Middle School and beyond.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Wordly Wise 3000 Series

High School Vocabulary

 

High School vocabulary instruction focuses on preparing students with strategies to unlock the meaning of words they will encounter in content area texts, literature, and high-stakes-tests, including the SAT and ACT. Tests also introduce a Standardized Test Prep Preview section to give students practice with additional formats they may encounter. We will use book 9 for one level group in class and 11 for the other level group, depending upon student level. Parents will determine student levels by looking at course word lists. Classes will progress to books 10 and 12 next year.

 

Suggested Age

14-18

 

Student Books

These books are excellent for building vocabulary while strengthening reading, writing, and critical thinking skills—skills research are necessary for success in high school and beyond.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Wordly Wise 3000 Series

Children's Literature

 

Suggested Age

10-13

 

Prerequisite
  • Must have fine motor skills for cutting and gluing of foldable sheets.

  • Must be able to listen and follow instructions

Purpose/Process

In Children’s Literature, we will learn and use common literary terms throughout the year as we explore various genres of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as drama, and poetry. 

Students are expected to spend 20 minutes a day reading. 

Students will:

 

  • Create a resource book

  • Read a variety of genres

  • Read and understand a wide variety of literary and information texts

  • Analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • All reading materials will be provided

  • Students will need to purchase:

    • Colored pencils

    • Pencil sharpener

    • Zipper bag or box for pencils

 
 
 
 

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