EBook - 'The House of Comprehension'

Grade Levels
6th - 9th, Homeschool
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176 pages
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ELA administrators, department chairs, and, mostly, teachers: need a flexible resource ELA teachers in grades 6-9 can easily adapt to fit their students diverse learning needs as well as to plan for classroom or remote learning? The House of Comprehension (HOC) will do all of that as well as empower students to create durable academic foundations.

Middle school teachers face a multitude of challenges in their efforts to help students comprehend structure in literature. The HOC program presented in this teacher resource offers educators a complete solution - from Planning, to Teaching, through Assessment - that shows students how each element of literature works with the others to form a solid literary structure. By following this Show Me, Help Me, Let Me program, teachers facilitate their students' understanding of any text.

How does The House of Comprehension benefit teachers? It

• Shows students the importance of every element of literature - character, plot/conflict, setting, theme, symbols, point of view, and tone.

• Reveals how these elemental building blocks mesh to form the literature's structure.

• Provides teachers step-by-step instructions for using the 40 activities

• Includes printable activity sheets for students.

• Aligns the Common Core Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening and Language standards for each activity.

• Offers a Timing of Activities chart to show where each lesson works best during the study of a fiction or narrative non-fiction piece.

• Addresses the Who, What, When, Why and How for each lesson through two planning charts: Unit Structure and Activities Plan.

• Creates engaging lessons that will address the flexibility and diversity in their classrooms.

What is the focus of The House of Comprehension program?

• To promote comprehension of literature

• To instill inductive, deductive, critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills orally and in writing

• To communicate specific objectives, assessments, and outcomes

• To reinforce previously learned concepts

• To reach every type of learner: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic

• To insure that students are active intellectual participants in their education

• To expose students to activities that are inspiring, interactive, and evocative.

Here’s how the book helps build a student’s House of Comprehension:

• The blueprints — planning your lessons

• The framing — character, plot/conflict, and setting

• The decorating — bringing all the elements of literature together

• The foundation — assessing your students’ knowledge before starting the activities

• The finish work — theme, symbols, point of view, and tone

Closing the achievement gap between students who work at or above grade level and those who perform below level is a key goal for educators. The activities in this book empower teachers to reach both proficient and non-proficient students, and enables all students to advance their skill levels.

Incorporating each of these literary elements into the study of any text-fiction or narrative non-fiction- enables students to explain, orally and in writing, whether the story creates a house of straw, of twigs, or of bricks.

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The digital version of "The House of Comprehension" is designed to make reproducing the student activity pages as easy as possible with wider margins and centered page content. It also includes clickable links to websites, references, page numbers, and activities to make it easy to navigate through the book.

"The House of Comprehension" empowers students to build powerful academic homes.

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Total Pages
176 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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