My daughters' school rolled out their new ELA curriculum, Ready-Gen, yesterday. By today, my 3rd grader was complaining about it. And I don't blame her! She told me that the teacher read aloud a chapter from The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies, an excellent book. So far, so good. The students were required to follow along, pointing with their fingers. OK, I can see the rationale here, but my daughter hated this. She said it was hard not to race ahead of the teacher. Don't we want to encourage readers like her? I can remember this type of frustration from when I was a kid - but even worse, other kids were reading aloud, much slower than a teacher would. I always read ahead and then couldn't find my place when I was called on to read!
The questions following the read-aloud were boring too. They had to write something they "learned" (it is unclear if this means something they learned about a character or plot point or something factual) and write down what questions they had. Not scintillating. Not inspiring. Not thought-provoking.
But what really got to me was that the teacher read Chapter 7 - and only Chapter 7 - to the kids. Really? Chapter 7?!? Why not Chapter 1? Why not the whole book in fact? This curriculum seems like a step backwards to the days (my days) of what were called basal readers - boring collections of stories and excerpts, rather than actual books. No one learns to love reading by reading from a basal reader.
What do you think about this type of reading curriculum? What type does your school or your child's school use?