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Literature & Writing

Why should students continue to read high quality literature?
 
While the public schools have begun to emphasize the reading of "informational texts" in their reading and language arts classes, we believe that the reading of great literature has many benefits that cannot be replicated by reading fact- based texts alone.  It is through reading literature that students can live vicariously through characters, experiencing their joys and sorrows and connecting the choices they make to their inevitable consequences. And  though not all the books students will read are written from a Christian perspective, all people must reap what they sow regardless of their religious beliefs. This gives teachers the opportunity to help students understand how characters who rebel against the laws of God are usually left empty and miserable in their pride unless they turn and repent of their sins.
 
What about other kinds of reading?
 
Does our emphasis on literature mean we don't use any type of "informational text"?  Absolutely not! Students at every level will have the opportunity to read a wide assortment of materials. In particular, history and science courses include many fact based texts and biographies. Students also have the freedom to choose their own reading materials (within limits) to supplement their whole class or small group reading assignments. 
 
How will writing skills be taught?
 
Teachers will take a systematic approach, teaching the youngest children to write by first training them to take dictaction.  Later, students will learn to imitate the style of writing exemplars. Finally, secondary students will be hellped toward complete writing independence. At every level, students will study spelling and grammar and will  engage in activities that expand their vocabularies.
 

Level 1

Students will listen to the teacher read aloud classic literature. They will learn to read through a phonics based program that progresses to include beginning reading books from Dr. Seuss, Arnold Lobel, and other well-loved authors. By their third year in this level, most students will be able to independently read high quality, high interest chapter books and non-fiction.

             Literature Selections

Make Way for Ducklings                                  Harry the Dirty Dog
Blueberries for Sal                                               The Little Engine That Could
The Little House                                                    Madeline
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel         The Snowy Day
Caps for Sale                                                            The Poky Little Puppy
The Carrot Seed                                                     The Real Mother Goose
Tikki Tikki Tembo                                                    Classic Fairy Tales
The Very Hungry Caterpillar                            Corduroy
Curious George
The Giving Tree
Harold and the Purple Crayon
The Story About Ping

 
The Story of Babar
Strega Nona
Swimmy
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Where the Wild Things Are
The Velveteen Rabbit
Miss Rumphius
Frederick
Bedtime for Frances
A Tree is Nice

 
Miss Nelson is Missing
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Alexander and the Terrible....Day
The Cat in the Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
Fox in Socks
Frog and Toad
Little Bear
The Berenstain Bears
Max and Ruby

 

Level 2

At this level, most students without special needs will be competent readers.  They will read literature selections independently and in small groups.  The teacher may read aloud certain chapters and have students read or act out portions of the book. Children will also make their own reading choices from a selection of read high quality, high interest chapter books and non-fiction.

             Literature Selections


The Boxcar Children
Alice in Wonderland

The Railway Children
Peter Pan

Pippi Longstocking
Stuart Little
Five Little Peppers and How they Grew
Homer Price
Ramona the Pest
A Bear Called Paddington
Mary Poppins







The Wind in the Willows
Pinnochio
My Father's Dragon
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prairie
Farmer Boy
Anne of Green Gables
The Jungle Book



 
Heidi
The Moffats
Swiss Family Robinson
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Kidnapped
Black Beauty
The Secret Garden
Cheaper by the Dozen
Charlotte's Web
The Borrowers
A Little Princess



 

Level 3

By the time most students reach level four, they are ready to begin a more in-depth study of literature.  This does not mean that they will be subjected to the mind-numbing literary analysis that has been pervasive in schools for decades. Instead, they wil dive into complex issues that are relevant to their own lives while using their new abstract thinking skills and love for argument to politely discuss and defend their positions.  Beginning at this level, literature is integrated with history.

             Literature Selections


Tales of Ancient Egypt
Mara of the Nile
Tirzah
The God King
Greek Myths
Black Ships Before Troy
The Wanderings of Odysseus
Victory on the Walls
The Bronze Bow






Beowulf
King Arthur
Arabian Nights
Beorn the Proud
Robin Hood
Crispin-the Cross of Lead
The Kite Rider
Catherine Called Birdy
The Prince and the Pauper


 
The King's Fifth
Almost Home
Robinson Crusoe
The Sign of the Beaver
Amos Fortune, Free Man
Treasure Island
Johnny Tremain
Sacajawea
Lyddie



 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Across Five Aprils
Little Women
Moccasin Trail
A Latern in Her Hand
The Yanks are Coming
The Hiding Place
Faranheit 451
The Hobbit




 

Level 4

By the time most students reach level five, they are capable of  advanced reading and thinking.  Though some students may lag behind their peers, with the proper scaffolding, the majority of students will be capable of reading and understanding the Level 5 literature selections.  For college bound students, this level provides a firm foundation upon which their future learning will be based, but even for those who do not enter college, the lessons they learn from literature about the nature of humanity will serve them well in whatever calling God has planned for them.
The mission of Sheridan Christian Academy is to provide a high quality, Christ centered education that cultivates both mind and spirit while building knowledge, inquiry, self-worth, and moral fortitude upon a foundation of Biblical faith and principles.
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