Summertime is a great opportunity to focus on critical skill areas before the next school year. Jump start your child’s reading comprehension with this engaging story and fun class!
In this minicourse for rising 4th–6th graders, we will complete an in-depth study of the award-winning historical fiction Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. I use this popular text to teach students the literary elements of fiction and reading strategies that improve comprehension skills. I have taught literacy for eleven years, have my masters in literacy, as well as my reading specialist certificate. Through my years of teaching and research, I have learned that explicit instruction is essential for students to grow as readers. For example, I use high interest picture books to model the literary elements of fiction. Students then use these models as a guide to identify the same elements in their grade-level texts. Some of the elements we will study in this seven week mini-course are characterization, point of view, theme, and tone.
I hope your student will join me on this exciting adventure with Bud Caldwell as he ventures to find the father he’s never known. We will learn about these concepts, while reading about vampires, The Great Depression, food lines, and some of the best pranks out there. This book will have kids laughing one minute and feeling all of Bud’s emotions the next. This is a story about perseverance, hardship, and the importance of family. Even though set long ago, it has never been more relevant than now. I cannot wait to share one of my favorite book with my Aim Academy students.