Friday, December 2, 2016

Thank You to Our Contributors

J.M. Cataffo
Rhoades to Reading was written for older students who have not yet learned to read. My challenge, when writing the curriculum, was to build a sequence of skills that embedded best practice teaching methods and culminated in an easy to use lesson sequence.

The vocabulary in Rhoades to Reading is controlled. In other words, all vocabulary or the skills required to decode the vocabulary, are taught before asking a student to read the story. This is done to ensure reading success.

High interest stories were needed for grade levels 2-8 that, rather than insult the student, caused them to fall in love with reading. An "all call" was sent to writing groups to submit stories that met this criteria. The stories selected were from authors in the United States and Canada. The authors of stories included in the program range from a high school student (Submitted with the assistance of her English teacher) to an  octogenarian.

I appreciate, and so do the thousands of students who have read these stories, each and every author. They have grabbed the readers attention and have been a part of making learning fun.

Level A
Jenna Kreeger: Bull on the Beach
Geri Borcz: Deer Plots
Russel Spooner: A Hundred Hammers
Jacqueline Rhoades: My Homework

Level B
Christie Rose: The Big Scoop, The Taffy Pull
Brian Mossing: On The Couch
Melissa Mitchell: A Dog and His Boy
Chris R. Workman: Sugar Cookies
Corrine Contreras Workman: It's Not Christmas Until We Make Tamales
Sue Moss: Passover Memories
Jacqueline Rhoades: Grandpa, Sara, Martha, The House

Level C
Jacqueline Rhoades: Hank
Amy Sterling Casil: My Mom's Sugar Egg
Christie Rose: Robin
Tashina Manyak: Grandma's Penny
Jane Clarahan Method: Willow
Ruben Perez: Queen of the Highlands

Level D anthology
Christie Rose: Where Did That Come From, 
The Day the Bear Caught the Show,  Why Are Railroades Built That Way?

Claudine M. Jalajas: New Kid in School
Marsha L. Schuh: The Year of Confusion
Ann Marie Reese: Thumb and Cucumbers
Jennifer Wright: Yesterday
Ruth Solomon: School of Stone, The Greatest Measure Ever
Sybille Watson-Jones: The Elusive Eel
Elizabeth Boatman: Gato
Josepth Tintle: Bullies Bug Me
Annmarie B. Tait: Queen of Coleslaw
Mary Ann Robinson: An Ode to Old Joe

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