|About the Book|
The Reader’s Odyssey is a four-year literature program that combines structure and flexibility in order to instill in students a propensity to engage with good and great books. Emphasizing the value of classic works that have endured the test ofMoreThe Reader’s Odyssey is a four-year literature program that combines structure and flexibility in order to instill in students a propensity to engage with good and great books. Emphasizing the value of classic works that have endured the test of time, this program’s developmentally appropriate, errorless approach allows students to focus first on gaining experience with literature and only later on applying what they have learned to interpreting and evaluating literature for themselves. The individualized aspect of the program allows fluent and reluctant readers alike to accumulate meaningful experiences with literature, to appreciate ideas that are beautiful and true, and to grow more sophisticated and wiser in understanding through reading.The first half of the book explains the philosophy behind this program and differentiates it from typical approaches to doing literature. Unlike other programs that impose readings and test students on a book’s content or meaning, students choose what they will read and when, and their responses reflect their own thinking, not their teacher’s. For their part, teachers organize work by making appealing options accessible and by clarifying minimal requirements that students can then opt to exceed. Written responses align with students’ level of understanding, and growth is evidenced in increasingly sophisticated reading selections and responses.The second half of the book provides practical tools for both parents and students, including templates for reading logs and learning contracts, worksheets that teach literary elements and interpretation techniques, guided instruction for written responses to literature such as book summaries and literary analyses, recommendations for appropriate and appealing literature from diverse literary genres, and a list of classic literary works classified by each work’s degree of challenge and relative length.