Good afternoon and happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week. I am so lucky to have such a special group of talented thinkers. In this first week and a half of school, we have been working on developing class routines and learning the ins and outs of LMS. We will soon be diving into our first unit of study for Reading and Writing: Narrative. Since we will be starting this unit in the next week, I wanted to give you information to help you support your child in their learning at home and at school.
In this unit, your child will utilize a variety of reading strategies that will enable them to dig deep into a narrative (any kind of fiction), looking at how and why does the author include the details they chose. The goal is not for your child to simply understand the story, but instead for them to consider all the parts of Author’s Craft: 1) how pieces of the story fit together, 2) the craft choices an author makes and the reasons they might have had for doing so, 3) the ways various themes can operate in a single text, and 4) the universal themes that connect seemingly different narratives. These skills will be vital throughout the entire year, regardless of the unit of study.
You can support your child at home by encouraging them to take notes and engage in discussions about what they are reading. They are already logging their reading and we have started to examine texts in class closely. Continue that work at home! Ask them why they have a certain opinion about a book, and ask them to prove why they think what they do.
Here are some questions to help you discuss your child's reading with them at home:
Part to Whole
Comparing Themes Across Texts
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our upcoming unit. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! I look forward to enjoying some great literature alongside your child.