Mrs. Hunt's Reading Groups

Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

About Advanced Reading

One of the services your child receives through the AIG (Academically and Intelectually Gifted) Program is advanced reading. For the first semester I will be delivering this instruction 3 times a week in a small reading group for 15-25 minutes each session. In this way I am another "teacher of reading" for your student (in cooperation/collaboration with his or her classroom teacher).

Great Books

We have started our reading using the Think It! book for grade 5 from the Great Books Foundation. I received training in Great Books last year and find their reading selections to be thought provoking and perfect for teaching students about discussing and thinking deeply about reading. We are beginning with some nonfiction work. We will do a few of these selections in between novels throughout the year. The format of reading for these selections and most of our years is:

1. Read and Understand

2. Examine

3. Create

Read and understand includes reading the selection and asking questions that help you understand the reading. The examine stage involves rereading and looking for evidence to back up your answers and opinions. Lastly, create is a time to write or occasionally make another product about what you have read.

I am also guiding the children on how to evaluate their own best work. We talk about what quality work involves and how to tell what is your own best work. Throughout the year students will have many chances to select what is their own best work.

Upcoming Reading

In about two weeks we will start our first novel-The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh. This novel is a thought provoking science fiction story that in my past experience children immensely enjoy. The synopsis from the back of the book reads:

"Pattie and her family are among the last refugees to flee a dying Earth in an old spaceship. And when the group finally lands on the distant planet which is to be their new home, ti would seem that the four-year journey has been a success. But as they begin to settle this shining world, they discover that the colony is in serious jeopardy. With supplies dwindling, Pattie and her sister decide to take the one chance that might make life possible on Shine."

If you would like to preview this book please let me know and I can get you a copy.

Shannon Hunt

AIG Specialist, Claxton Elemenarty

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday