We will read one chapter book per Session. We will use the theme of the book to inspire class discussion, projects, storytelling, writing and art work. We will also use the text to develop comprehension, identify character, setting & plot, and define vocabulary words using context clues. Our main goal will be to connect with each story in a way that is fun, imaginative and meaningful to the class.
Books will be chosen keeping in mind that our students have varied interests and reading levels.
Each week, students will be asked to read an assigned number of chapters at home so that they will be able to participate fully in class discussions and activities. While it is always nice to have an actual copy of a book, ebooks and audiobooks are fine as well.
Teacher: Allison Andrews
Allison has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Cornell College. She has taught First Grade in both parochial and public schools. For the past sixteen years she has been a stay-at-home parent to her two children. Before coming to ODE, Allison spent many hours volunteering at her children's schools, being a Girl Scout mom, and teaching Sunday School classes.
This will be Allison's third year at ODE, where she started as a teaching assistant, and gradually began teaching Elementary Literature classes. She enjoys creating Literature lessons that interact with a story's theme in many different ways, drawing from her experience as a classroom teacher and her love for good books. Allison looks forward to spending each Friday exploring great stories with the enthusiastic and creative kids at ODE. She is spending the summer reading lots of books in preparation for a great year!