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Has anyone used Missy Andrew's Ready Readers?

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Has anyone used The Center for Literary Education's Ready Readers: 10 Lessons in Comprehension and Analysis by Missy Andrews? If you did, what literary analysis did you do prior to using it and how old was your student?

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Funny you should ask this - I just bought it a few days ago. I've checked out several of the books from the library, and I'm eager to get started. I plan on using it with my 4th and 6th graders this year. My oldest knows the basic elements of the plot (climax, etc), and we've discussed the types of conflict and some literary elements (theme, point of view, etc.). My 4th grader hasn't done any literary analysis.

 

I love her idea of using children's books to teach children how to analyze literature. I downloaded the mp3 of her husband's conference session about learning how to ask the right questions. I highly recommend listening to it before you begin with the readers.

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I too just bought one. I haven't read through it yet. I'm using it w/ a 5th and 2nd grader.

 

What questions do you have Swimmermom? I can look through it later if you like.

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This was an accident, I promise. Dd (18) and I were using Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis at the beginning of the year so I could get a feel for where she was at on lit analysis. While most of it was review and we come from a more secular viewpoint, she enjoyed the work, especially the literary selections. I had Jill Pike's syllabus that includes Teaching the Classics so I thought I would order it for Swimmer Dude. By mistake, I received someone else's order which included The Ready Reader and four of their Classic Club DVDs. The Andrews were very gracious and allowed me to keep the package and sent out my correct order promptly.

 

I do not remember reading any discussion on these. However, I do recall a delightful thread where Nan in Mass and elegantlion discussed utilizing children's books for lit analysis with older students. I was curious to see if anyone had used The Ready Reader.

 

That was more info than you all needed to know. I have no idea why I feel the need to defend myself when I tell you all I have yet another new language arts component.:tongue_smilie:

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Let me just say I so wish I had received that package! :D My boys, 5th and 2nd really enjoy Teaching the Classics with picture books. They also love doing the picture books with Adam on audio, The Biggest Bear, A Bargain for Francis, and Paul Revere's Ride. We will start w/ the Ready Reader I just bought and when we finish The Wind in the Willows, we'll do the Andrews' DVD.

 

We've also used the delightful picture book, Two Eggs, Please. The entire book has about 25 words. We had such a delightful time discussing the book and would have never gotten as much out of it if we didn't have Adam's lit analysis materials on this story.

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Hmmm...I'd love to hear some opinions as well. Last year, I used Teaching The Classics with ds14. I also got a Classics Club dvd for The Yearling and The Hobbit teacher guide which we never used.

 

Thank you so much for reminding me about this. I can use them for ds11. I was just about to start a thread asking what to do!!!

 

I also love Deconstructing Penguins. Remember those discussions?

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You guys are wonderful! I have history going I think...I have science going....now the last piece in the puzzle is literature so now you've given me my kick in the pants. Actually, that was my week off to do list, to write out and plan our literature for our next 8 week block.

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well, could someone tell me if the sample online is complete for the one story?? I noticed that after the questions it notes 3f or 4. what is that about?

 

i'm guessing it is not totally complete b/c they give you up to page 8 and the next story is on page 14.

 

this looks promising for my dd11....

 

oy! one more thing to add to our day....

 

robin in NJ

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There is more for Harriet You Drive me wild. Page 8 goes on to asked questions about conflict. The numbers you see (3b, 3p, 4b) refer to the questions in the Teaching the Classics syllabus. So conflict questions are "What does the mother want? Why cant' the antagonist have what she wants?" etc. Page 9 moves on to plot and lists questions from the TtC syllabus regarding plot (what happens in the story? How is the main problem solved?) etc. pg 10 moves on to theme and literary devices (rhyme, repetition, alliteration). pg 11 move son to context - who is the author? Pg13 begins the next book Sam, Bangs and Moonshine.

 

hth

Capt_Uhura

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