Getting Serious about Reading in a Series
is a six-week unit of study for children in grades two and three. The main goals of this unit are to motivate children to read more books and to improve comprehension and performance on the Connecticut Mastery Test. Critical steps in developing comprehension are forming initial understanding, developing interpretation, and demonstrating a critical stance. Goals of reading are to construct meaning, to self-regulate learning and to entertain. The unit I am writing will improve students’ performance on the Connecticut Mastery Test in reading by providing opportunities for the student to notice the predictability of the text, compare the characters and setting, notice the similarity of the structure, and make comparisons between texts.
The overview we shall take of books in a series is divided into three areas:
1. Stratemeyer Syndicate-An Early Series of Children’s Books
2. Advantages of Reading Books in a Series
3. Criticisms of Reading Books in a Series
Book reviews and a unit of teaching to encourage serial reading will succeed this overview. This curriculum is designed to be flexible and to meet the needs and interests of our students.