Read with the Best for the Middle Grades

Looking for a roadmap through some of the reading options for middle school students? That's exactly what Read with the Best for Middle Grades delivers. Each course covers well-known options for children's literature (historical fiction, myths, epics, etc.). Assignments are made to study each selection over 3-6 weeks (32 weeks total). Vocabulary studies (based on the reading assignments with an eye to advanced preparation for the ACT/SAT) are used as a pre-reading study, while a series of questions (literary elements and critical thinking) follow each reading. Student materials are in the form of worksheets, and include recall, literary analysis, and critical thinking questions with some suggestions for writing assignments.

The Student Workbook is composed of the reproducible (for families only) student worksheets. The Teacher's Edition contains the same worksheets with answers filled in, plus two valuable appendices. One is a collection of literature and vocabulary games that will appeal to all learning styles. These can be incorporated into any book's study. The other is a set of Supplemental Worksheets that can be used as assessments or for extra credit activities. Most are graphic organizers and focus on literary elements.

If you want to add a historical reference to the study, you could incorporate the rhymes of Time Rimes - The Ancient World or Time Rimes – The Medieval World by the same author. Students using this course plus a grammar course such as Saxon Grammar & Writing will complete middle school language arts requirements. ~ Janice

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