Reading & Literature

Language Arts Keywords

Contributor: Hans Neufeld | File type : Teaching Material

These illustrated cards reinforce terms that show up frequently in directions that first graders are asked to read by themselves. They were specifically made to accompany Language Arts 100 by Christia... Read More

Pre-Reading 101: Strategies to Get Your Students Ready for the Story

Contributor: Sharon Yoder | Length : 10 | File type : Video

Many teachers lean heavily on post-reading questions to enable students to evaluate literature. Too often, suggests Sharon, we skip over pre-reading exercises. She shares pre-reading activities that p... Read More

Recommended Book Series for Elementary

Contributor: Anna Zehr | File type : Curricular

From two elementary teachers, this list suggests series that provide your child with material to grow into reading. The list is in progress; download the file and edit it to fit your situation. D... Read More

Must-Reads Book List

Contributor: Anna Zehr | File type : Curricular

The compilers chose for this list books recognized as timeless classics, or books that form values or expand the minds of readers. Books listed in the preschool through lower elementary sections can b... Read More

Teaching Fictional Elements in the Reading Class

Contributor: Sharon Yoder | Length : 58 | File type : Audio

In elementary grades, it is easy to overlook the fictional elements of story. We tend to focus only on the important skills of comprehension and word building. This breakout is designed to aid your re... Read More

3 Components for a Successful Reading Class

Contributor: Sharon Yoder | Length : 62 | File type : Audio

This breakout will look at three components of teaching reading. First, we will consider a teacher’s purpose for the reading class. Next, we will address student preparation for an effective reading ... Read More

Why Teach Pilgrim’s Progress

Contributor: Carol Burkholder | Length : 57 | File type : Audio

Geared toward middle school and high school, this session examines reasons for and methods of teaching Pilgrim’s Progress.

Line by Line: Memorization as a Daily Rhythm

Contributor: Bethany Peachey | Length : 3 | File type : Video

Memorizing poetry: It's a good thing to do, but where in your already full schedule can you add it? Bethany shares how she takes advantage of little moments throughout the day to build students' aware... Read More

Comprehensive Study Guide for Amos Fortune: Free Man

Contributor: Jonas Sauder | File type : Teaching Material

These questions, comments and suggested activities can stimulate deep engagement with the story of Amos Fortune’s life in a way that cultivates insight and wisdom. The questions follow the story pa... Read More

Positive and Negative Examples in Literature

Contributor: Edward Lake | File type : Article

When reading novels authors present readers with two distinct types of characters: Positive examples and negative examples. Both are useful for character development and moral instruction. Positive e... Read More