Newitt Level 6 Literature and Writing Series (Set of Four Books)

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The Newitt Level 6 Literature and Writing Series contains four books designed for learning how to read and write. Each book has 10 lessons of 24 pages illustrated in color.

Level 6 Books
1. Identify Elements of Fiction and Poetry
2. Identify Elements of Nonfiction and Poetry
3. Write Stories and Short Poems
4. Write Short Poems, Captions, Lists, Invitations, and Advertisements

In Level 6, the child will
• identify characters and settings as elements of a story,
• describe characters in a story,
• explain motivation of the characters in a story,
• respond to poetry through rhymes and rhythm and understand structure,
• identify topics and details in expository text,
• follow pictorial directions (to grow sunflower greens),
• identify signs with specific meaning (e.g. bus stop sign, danger sign),
• analyze invitations (for a birthday party and to meet the king),
• analyze an advertisement (for a food stand),
• write stories using the writing process (plan, draft, revise, edit, share),
• write short poems to express ideas and feelings,
• write captions and lists for specific purposes,
• write invitations for specific purposes, and
• write an advertisement for specific purposes.

First Book: Identify Elements of Fiction and Poetry

This book builds skills in reading and discussing fiction and poetry.

Lessons 1–8 focus on elements of fiction, including characters, settings, and motivations. In each lesson, the child will
• preview story vocabulary,
• identify a story and author,
• make and confirm predictions about the story,
• read the story and answer questions about key details,
• identify and discuss major events in the story,
• make inferences about the story,
• retell the story and connect to personal experience,
• discuss the big idea of the story, and
• identify characters and settings (Lessons 1–4), or
• describe and compare characters (Lessons 5 and 6), or
• explain and compare motivations (Lessons 7 and 8).

Lessons 9 and 10 focus on elements of poetry. In each lesson, the child will
• preview rhyming words, sound words, and other words,
• identify and read poems,
• respond to the rhymes of each poem,
• understand structure by locating rhyming words, and
• respond to rhythm by clapping and counting the beats.

Stories, Poems, and Key Vocabulary:
Lesson 1 "The Little Red Hen": little red hen, dog, cat, duck, farm, bread, makes, sleeps
Lesson 2 "The Bear and the Bees": bear, bees, beehive, honey, tree, climbs, stings, falls, big
Lesson 3 "The Boy Cries, 'Wolf!'": boy, sheep, people, wolf, hill, watches, cries
Lesson 4 "The Wolf and the Dog": wolf, dog, meets, doghouse, bone, collar, wants
Lesson 5 "The Turtle and the Rabbit": turtle, rabbit, runs, walks, rests, race, path, fast, slow
Lesson 6 "The Lion and the Mouse": lion, mouse, yellow, gray, walks, forest, cuts, cries, friends, big, little
Lesson 7 "The Fox and the Crow": fox, crow, cheese, branch, eats, sings, wants
Lesson 8 "The Crow and the Bottle": crow, bottle, water, wants, field, stones, puts, drinks
Lesson 9 Poems "This Little Train," "This Little Plane," "This Little Boat," "This Little Car": track, back, sky, fly, train, toot, plane, voom, sea, me, street, meet, boat, car
Lesson 10 Poems "Little Snowman," "Little Butterfly": fat, hat, nose, blows, wind, carrot, round, scarf, snowman, butterfly, fly, see, wings, things, sweet, eat

Second Book: Identify Elements of Nonfiction

This book builds skills in reading and discussing nonfiction texts.

Lessons 1 and 2 focus on elements of poetry. In each lesson, the child will
• preview rhyming words, sound words, and other words,
• identify and read poems,
• respond to the rhymes of each poem,
• understand structure by locating rhyming words, and
• respond to rhythm by clapping and counting the beats.

Lessons 3–5 focus on identifying the topic and details of nonfiction texts. In each lesson, the child will
• preview vocabulary and categories,
• identify an expository text and author,
• make and confirm predictions about the text,
• read the text and answer questions about key details,
• make inferences about the text,
• retell facts and provide evidence from the text,
• connect the text to personal experience,
• identify and discuss the topic, and
• discuss and locate details in the text.

Lesson 6 shows how to follow directions to grow sunflower greens. In this lesson, the child will
• preview vocabulary and categories,
• identify an expository text and author,
• make and confirm predictions about the text,
• read the text and answer questions about key details, and
• discuss and identify commands and order words.

Lesson 7 builds skills in identifying and discussing signs. In this lesson, the child will
• preview vocabulary and categories,
• identify an expository text and author,
• make and confirm predictions about the text,
• read the text and answer questions about key details, and
• discuss and identify common signs.

Lessons 8 and 9 build skills in analyzing invitations. In each lesson, the child will
• preview vocabulary about a birthday party or visiting a castle,
• identify a story and author,
• make and confirm predictions about the story,
• read the story and answer questions about key details,
• make inferences about the story,
• retell facts from the story,
• connect the story to personal experience, and
• analyze an invitation related to the story.

Lesson 10 builds skills in analyzing an advertisement. In this lesson, the child will
• preview vocabulary about a food stand,
• identify a story and author,
• make and confirm predictions about the story,
• read the story and answer questions about key details,
• identify and discuss advertisements from the story, and
• analyze advertisements for the food stand.

Topics and Key Vocabulary:
Lesson 1 Poems "Little Turtle," "Rain on the Green Grass": turtle, frog, swims, climbs, box, rocks, bee, me, chases, catches, rain, green, grass, tree, house top
Lesson 2 Poem/Song "Old MacDonald": Old MacDonald, farm, cows, chickens, here, there, everywhere, moo, moo, cluck, cluck
Lesson 3 "On the Farm": farm animals, cow, horse, hens, tractor, drives, farmers, food, eggs, milk, places, farm, field
Lesson 4 "Family": family, mother, father, sister, brothers, baby, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle
Lesson 5 "Workers": workers, doctor, nurse, place, hospital, firefighter, teacher, fire, firetruck, school
Lesson 6 "How to Grow Sunflower Greens": food, sunflower seeds, sunflower greens, jar, tray, water, dirt, paper towels
Lesson 7 "Signs": stop sign, bus stop sign, crosswalk sign, exit sign, danger sign, places, store, sidewalk, stops
Lesson 8 "Happy Birthday, Pat!": birthday party, things, game, present, house, birthday cake, sing, eat, new, hat
Lesson 9 "The King and Family": king, queen, kids, old king, old queen, castle, gold, crown, quilt, dragon, kitten
Lesson 10 "Come to the Food Stand!": apple pies, peach pies, jars of jam, lemonade, food, ads, food stand, buy, sell

Third Book: Write Stories and Short Poems

This book builds creative writing skills by modeling how to brainstorm, write, revise, edit, and share stories and short poems.

Lessons 1–8 show how to write stories. In each lesson, the child will
• choose, draw, and write a character and setting,
• discuss, plan, and write each sentence,
• revise the story by adding a describing word or sentence,
• edit sentences by checking for capital letters, punctuation, and spaces,
• check spelling by using a picture dictionary,
• read aloud the story to others, and
• listen and ask questions.

Lessons 9 and 10 show how to write short poems. In each lesson, the child will
• choose and write two pairs of rhyming words,
• discuss and write each line,
• revise the poem by adding an adjective,
• edit lines by checking for capital letters, punctuation, and spaces,
• check spelling by using a picture dictionary,
• read aloud the poem to others, and
• listen and ask questions.

Key vocabulary:
Lessons 1–8: story, character, setting, first sentence, next sentence, last sentence, check, big letters, periods, big spaces, little spaces, describing word, picture dictionary, practice, share, listen, ask

Lessons 9 and 10: short poem, rhyming words, first line, next line, last line, describing word, check, big letters, periods, big spaces, little spaces, picture dictionary, practice, share, listen, ask

Fourth Book: Write Short Poems, Captions, Lists, Invitations, and Advertisements
This book builds expository writing skills to write short poems, captions, lists, invitations, and advertisements. Each lesson models how to brainstorm, write, revise, edit, and share writing.

Lessons 1 and 2 show how to write short poems. In each lesson, the child will
• choose and write two pairs of rhyming words,
• discuss and write each line,
• revise the poem by adding an adjective,
• edit lines by checking for capital letters, punctuation, and spaces,
• check spelling by using a picture dictionary,
• read aloud the poem to others, and
• listen and ask questions.

Lessons 3–7 show how to write captions and lists. In each lesson, the child will
• choose, draw, and write three items,
• discuss, plan, and write a sentence for each item,
• gather and write a list of the words,
• revise a sentence by adding an adjective,
• edit sentences by checking for capital letters, punctuation, and spaces,
• check spelling by using a picture dictionary,
• read aloud the sentences to others, and
• listen and ask questions.

Lessons 8 and 9 show how to write invitations. In each lesson, the child will
• plan and write an invitation,
• answer questions about the invitation,
• edit the invitation by checking for capital letters, punctuation, and spaces,
• check spelling by using a picture dictionary,
• read aloud the invitation to others, and
• listen and ask questions.

Lesson 10 shows how to write an advertisement. In this lesson, the child will
• choose, draw, and write three food items,
• write answers to questions about each food item,
• discuss and write an advertisement about food items,
• edit sentences by checking for capital letters, punctuation, and spaces,
• check spelling by using a picture dictionary,
• read aloud the sentences to others, and
• listen and ask questions.

Key vocabulary:
Lessons 1 and 2: short poem, rhyming words, first line, next line, last line, describing word, check, big letters, periods, big spaces, little spaces, picture dictionary, practice, share, listen, ask

Lessons 3–7: sentence, write, list, describing word, check, big letters, periods, big spaces, little spaces, picture dictionary, practice, share, listen, ask

Lessons 8 and 9: invitation, sentence, question, time, next sentence, place, check, big letters, periods, big spaces, little spaces, picture dictionary, practice, share, listen, ask

Lesson 10: advertisement

The activities are aligned to the following standards:

Common Core: ELA Kindergarten
RL.1.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.2: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
RL.1.3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
RL.2.4: Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
RL.2.5: Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
RL.3.9: With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.
RF.2.2a: Recognize and produce rhyming words.
W.1.2: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
W.1.3: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
W.2.5: With guidance and support from adults, respond to questions and suggestions from peers and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
W.3.8: With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
SL.1.1a: Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions.
SL.1.1b: Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
SL.2.5: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
SL.2.6: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

RI.1.1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RI.1.2: With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
RI.2.5: Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.
RI.3.8: With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

L.1.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
L.1.1d: Understand and use question words.
L.1.1f: Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
L.1.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L.1.2a: Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
L.1.2b: Recognize and name end punctuation.
L.1.2d: Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
L.3.5a: Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

Also: RL.2.6, RL.3.7, RL.4.10, RI.1.3, RI.2.6, RI.3.7, RI.4.10, RF.1.1, RF.1.1c, RF.4.4, W.2.5, W.3.7, SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.1.3, SL.2.4, L.1.1b, L.1.1e, L.3.5b, L.3.6

Texas Education Knowledge and Skills: ELA Kindergarten
2.C: Orally generate rhymes in response to spoken words.
2.D: Distinguish orally presented rhyming pairs of words from non-rhyming pairs.
5.D: Use a picture dictionary to find words.
4.A: Predict what might happen next in text based on the cover, title, and illustrations.
4.B: Ask and respond to question about texts read aloud.
5.A: Identify and use words that name actions, directions, positions, sequences, and locations.
5.C: Identify and sort pictures of objects into conceptual categories (e.g., colors, shapes, textures).
6.A: Identify elements of a story, including setting, character, and key events.
6.B: Discuss the big idea (theme) of a well-known folktale or fable and connect it to personal experience.
6.C: Recognize sensory details.
6.D: Recognize recurring phrases and characters in traditional fairy tales, lullabies, and folktales from various cultures.
7: Understand, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support understanding. Respond to rhythm and rhyme in poetry through identifying a regular beat and similarities in word sounds.
8.B: Describe characters and reasons for their actions.
10.A: Identify the topic and details in expository text heard or read, referring to the words and/or illustrations.
10.B: Retell important facts in a text, heard or read.
10.D: Use titles and illustrations to make predictions about text.
11.A: Follow pictorial directions (e.g., recipes, science experiments).
11.B: Identify the meaning of specific signs (e.g., traffic signs, warning signs).
12.A: Identify different forms of media (e.g., advertisements, newspapers, radio programs).
13.A: Plan a draft by generating ideas for writing through class discussion.
13.B: Develop drafts by sequencing the action or details in the story.
13.C: Revise drafts by adding details or sentences.
13.D: Edit drafts by leaving spaces between letters and words.
13.E: Share writing with others.
14.A: Dictate or write sentences to tell a story and put the sentences in chronological sequence.
14.B: Write short poems.
15: Dictate or write information for lists, captions, or invitations.
16.C: Use complete sentences.
17.B: Capitalize the first letter in a sentence.
17.C: Use punctuation at the end of a sentence.
21.A: Listen attentively by facing speakers and asking question to clarify information.

Also: 1.A, 16.A(i), 22, 23
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Newitt Level 6 Literature and Writing Series (Set of Four Books)
Newitt Level 6 Literature and Writing Series (Set of Four Books)
Newitt Level 6 Literature and Writing Series (Set of Four Books)
Newitt Level 6 Literature and Writing Series (Set of Four Books)
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