Upon completion of the program your student will learn the following skills:
- understand the author’s craft, choices, and intentions
- recognize the literary elements authors use to create fiction and nonfiction
- make inferences from the details in the text plus their own prior knowledge and experience
- decode the meaning of unfamiliar words from context clues
- build a rich and varied vocabulary
- identify and understand figures of speech such as personification, metaphor, and hyperbole
- notice how expert writers employ the conventions of the English language (punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and usage) to achieve clarity
Riley’s Reading Experience
Riley has started reading a lot of classic literature this year. I was kind of surprised to find her in conversation with a local librarian about the best classic books to read for her age. Sometimes she still surprises me with her confidence and independence. I knew she had not read Sarah, Plain and Tall yet so this was a good way to incorporate learning with her desire for more good stories to read.
Riley enjoyed learning about how to be a reading sleuth. The student text was written in a fun and engaging manner for her. Riley loves the character development project in the first section. Jahnna has been taking a novel writing class so this encouraged Riley to start developing her own characters along with the curriculum. Riley got a kick out of some of the illustrations and assignments. There is a ruminate section which led to a fun discussion on cows and their digestive systems. Lucky for the girls, I actually know a thing or two about cows!
Overall, Riley has enjoyed learning more about how to be a better reader. We plan to continue using this curriculum through to it’s completion.
My Reading Thoughts
Apologia is one of those companies that you can be sure of getting a good product from. The quality of the materials are always sturdy and stand up to being used by kids. The curriculum itself is throrough and detailed while the pictures are bright and inviting. Readers in Residence lived up to my expectations on every level.
I appreciate the suggested daily schedule at the beginnning of the program. It’s set up along a four day schedule and doesn’t leave the student feeling overwhelmed. Riley was able to follow along and complete each day with little to no prompting. From a parent or teacher perspective, the rubrics provided for grading projects are wonderful. The Answer Key book lays everything out for you with the suggested student answers in green print. There are sample answers available for open ended questions. The Checklist Point System for tasks and assignments is very easy to follow and use.
My Reading Recommendation
Readers in Residence is a great curriculum for teaching kids in the 4th to 6th grade. I feel like slightly older students who struggle with reading comprehension would benefit as well. The text does not talk down to students or simplify things things to much. Students will grow and learn even if they are already great readers. Riley reads well above this grade level but still benefitted from material presented. I highly recommend Readers in Residence Volume 1 (Sleuth) for those looking to improve your students reading comprehension skills.
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