Total Language Plus A Wrinkle in Time Author:Barbara Blakey As students read, they complete worksheets on comprehension, spelling and vocabulary. They also choose from numerous enrichment ideas (including field trip suggestions and hands-on activities) and writing topics relating to the reading assignment. For example, when reading My Side of the Mountain, children are encouraged to make a willow whistle... more » following Sam’s instructions; in The Trumpeter of Krakow, touring the fire department and researching different architectural styles are suggested.
Writing topics, based on events in the story, promote participatory, active reading and reflective writing. Students are sometimes reluctant writers, not because they do not possess the skills to write, but because they have nothing to say about the assigned topics. Basing writing topics on the reading assignment stimulates imagination and creativity.
Vocabulary/spelling words are taken from the unit’s reading with a variety of activities (at least four exercises for each unit) stressing mastery of the words. Context clues are always used to introduce new vocabulary words. The introduction of new spelling words involves not only the rules and syllabication, but visualization strategies as well. Drilling new and review words is accomplished through games and puzzles.
Short dictations reinforce Bible truths (that relate to the story) and provide opportunities to improve listening and memorization skills, practice good penmanship and discover weaknesses in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Review of words and concepts is consistent throughout the novel studies, allowing mastery of the lessons rather than short term memorization. Because study areas are integrated and presented in “bite-sized” portions, self-esteem is improved and success patterns developed.« less