Why is literacy important? Learners need literacy in order to engage with the written word in everyday life… Being able to read and write means being able to keep up with current events, communicate effectively, and understand the issues that are shaping our world.
Family literary connection: Today’s discussion is focused on the fictional adventures that are written for a reader’s discovery and enjoyment. Family adventures can be small moments or great adventurous vacations. The sense of an adventure helped us to crawl and toddle around our homes. Consider a family road trip, it can be a different adventure for everyone in the car: the driver is excited to get going; the parent riding shot gun is grateful for the “freedom” to ponder the many moments of discoveries that will be gathered by the family; one child is experiencing their own adventure with a book; another is playing with a toy; while another is humming a tune as the sights are speeding past the windows. Adventures are uniquely individualized and woven within the tapestry of our memories. Adventure fiction gives us the opportunity to go anywhere while remaining securely tethered. Lead the family into a discussion about their greatest adventures. Connect their personal adventures to a book they have read. Ask: “Which book adventure kept you turning the pages while the characters were in danger?” Discuss which book provided an understanding about “how-to” recreate that experience as their own (fort, raft, meal, craft, etc.).
Next, discuss the “lasting” impression that a survival story weaves into a reader’s memory. Ask: “What survival book will you never forget reading?” Remember to clarify their reasons for why they won’t forget that book or moment within the book (when a response sounds like they aren’t sure about what you are asking… it’s a great moment to make the connection with what your experience has been). Finally, ask: “Did you discover a survival skill from the book’s character that you have used during your own adventures?”
Putting your thoughts on paper: Extend today’s discussion with a journal entry. Ask them to write and sketch their “take-away” discovery from today’s discussion. During dinner tomorrow, share their journal entries. Remember to let the younger ones draw their thoughts. Ask someone to be their scribe, they can write what the picture is showing or what the younger one is saying.