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"Can you elaborate on how to find the theme of a story? My friend says that theme cannot be prejudice, betrayal, innocence, etc because those are just topics. She says that theme is what the author believes about the topic. For example, instead of saying trust is the theme, children should be taught to elaborate and say, "A person needs to learn how to trust themselves and other." Is this really important or is it just a different method of teaching theme> This is her reference for her belief: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H6GCe7hmmA Thank you." -Rebecca
"I bought Reading Roadmaps last year, intending to use it to teach a 4-6 grade literature class at our homeschool co-op this year. However, I found it didn't give me enough information as to how the actual class time should go and how to hold the kids' interest. Asking socratic discussion questions to a group of eighteen 4th to 6th graders for 55 minutes every week wouldn't work well...I ended up using interactive literature notebooks instead, combined with comprehension review games because they love games! Do you have any extra guidance for using Reading Roadmaps or any of your curriculum in a weekly classroom situation? Can you make a game out of socratic questions (I find that comprehension questions work better for games because there's a more definitive right or wrong answer). Have you ever used your curriculum to teach a roomful of wiggly children in a weekly classroom situation?" -Becky
"I currently have a seventh grade daughter (13) that I am seriously considering bringing home from public school. I feel very strongly that the Center For Lit approach is exactly what she is needing. However, I am overwhelmed with the thought of starting all of this with a seventh grader. Is this even possible? Where in the world should I start? I homeschool our twin kindergarteners, and somehow starting from the beginning seems much easier. Thank you so much!" -Stephani