Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realise the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors.
If you are new to my website, Writing to Learn, you may not know that I have a page devoted to story charts for literary analysis! These are free to download and I am constantly adding new ones. I use the Center for Lit method of literary analysis in my writing classes, and I started making the story … Continue reading Planning summer reading? Check out my Story Charts!
I have students who do extra work just because they want to. 😀 In Level 1, we have just finished the literature unit. I teach the students how to recognize the elements of literature using the Center for Lit method. First, we write a couple of short stories with a very carefully crafted structure, using … Continue reading One of Those Literary Stories
Last summer I read The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit. I am astonished that I had never before read it. Spending 4th through 6th grade in England, I was exposed to many such books and I devoured as many as I could get my hands on. The Railway Children is exactly the sort of book … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: The Railway Children
Reading aloud to children has so many benefits! Andrew Pudewa, founder and director of IEW, identifies reading aloud as one of the two most important activities for future success in reading, writing, and speaking. Also, reading aloud facilitates story discussions with children. Even young children can understand "what makes a story a story." Story discussions … Continue reading Story Discussions with Children: “Dogger”
Alice in Wonderland is the second most frequently downloaded of my story charts! This testifies to the book's enduring popularity. Lewis Carroll was the pen name of British author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Fortunately, he had practiced writing stories and poems all his life. Alice sprang from his prepared imagination, but curiously, she possessed a life … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: Alice in Wonderland
The Witch of Blackbird Pond is my most frequently downloaded story chart! I read the book in 6th grade and loved it. It was a real pleasure to reread it a few years ago so I could make the story chart. My story charts are created to help students understand the elements of literature and … Continue reading Most Popular Story Chart: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
My story charts are created to help readers understand the elements of literature and to learn to analyze a story.
Throw your book list away. Concentrate instead on reading well, reading correctly, understanding what the author has to say, so that he can do his work on you. If you will do that, it will not matter how many books you read, or frankly, even which ones you read. You’ll be able to get a … Continue reading Asking the Right Questions