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We understand that it is easy for the study of a piece of literature to overshadow the story itself. With this in mind, our goal is to lead the reader through each piece of literature in a way that plumbs its depths while keeping its intrinsic value intact.

What if, as a teacher, you were free to explore great stories right along with your students? Blackbird & Company Integrated Literature and Writing Discovery Guides have been designed with this goal in mind.

Our Discovery Method™ helps students develop an integrated tradition of reading and writing. As they engage in the consistency of paced exercises, students will confidently respond to textual structures and practice the mechanical tasks that enable them to read deeply, write well, and to bring shape to their original ideas. When the program is utilized longitudinally, students will develop habits of being that permit them to discover the rich and diverse potential of story while engaging in an increasingly challenging content.

Over the course of the school year, your students will read closely and respond in depth to seven books. Because our program is an integrated approach to literary analysis and writing, the majority of Common Core English Language Arts Standards will be met and surpassed as you empower your students to be mentored by great stories.

Preparing to Use the Program and Assess Student Mastery

Click the following links for more information:

1. Read the Book

2. Journal – Lesson on Taking Notes

3. Acquire – Lesson on Dictionary Skills

4. Recollect – Responding to Comprehension Questions

5. Explore – Writing

6. Glean – Discussion

7. Culminating Activities

Recollect - Comprehension Answers

Comprehension questions are organized chronologically, providing an opportunity to teach your students to use the questions as a pre-reading exercise. Train them to watch for story details as they read. Next, have them make note of page numbers where the answers are found, this will help them to build the strategy of slowing down to attend to details in a book. Lastly, encourage your students to respond to each comprehension question with a complete sentence. Formulating a complete written response is far superior than responding to multiple choice comprehension questions. Select links below for comprehension question page numbers.

Level 1

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Courage of Sarah Noble (available soon)
Donavan's Word Jar
Flat Stanley
The Iron Giant
Love That Dog
The Matchlock Gun
A Mouse Called Wolf
My Father's Dragon
The Year of Miss Agnes

Level 2

Because of Winn Dixie
Ben and Me
Danny the Champion of the World
City of Ember
The Family Under the Bridge
Farmer Boy
Frindle (available soon)
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Half Magic
Homer Price
Macaroni Boy
The Hundred Dresses (available soon)
The Magicians Nephew
Perloo the Bold
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet

Level 3

Across Five Aprils
The Captain's Dog
Eight Cousins
El Deafo
I Am David
Locomotion (available soon)
The Mozart Season
Pictures of Hollis Woods
The Shakespeare Stealer
The Thief Lord
Treasure Island (available soon)
The Wanderer
The Westing Game
The White Mountains
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
A Wrinkle in Time (available soon)

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