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TOP 10 REASONS TO USE CLUB CHRONICLE. Kathy Zimbaldi L. L. Pugh Elementary January 7, 2004. “Story always tells us more than mere words, and that is why we love to read it and to write it.”. Madeline L’Engle, from the introduction to A Wrinkle in Time. Vocabulary Building Activities.

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Top 10 reasons to use club chronicle

TOP 10 REASONS TO USE CLUB CHRONICLE

Kathy Zimbaldi

L. L. Pugh Elementary

January 7, 2004


Story always tells us more than mere words and that is why we love to read it and to write it

“Story always tells us more than mere words, and that is why we love to read it and to write it.”

Madeline L’Engle, from the introduction to A Wrinkle in Time


Vocabulary building activities
Vocabulary Building Activities why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • The pre-reading vocabulary experience is easy to incorporate into a Club Chronicle story.

  • Students and teachers together prepare lists of words that are difficult or cannot be construed from context clues, in a quick scan of the day’s story.


Reading comprehension
Reading Comprehension why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • From knowledge to analytical to evaluative levels, critical thinking skills are easy to build into a Club Chronicle lesson.

  • Stories in serial format engage a reader in ways that make them eager to read the following day.


Building a library
BUILDING A LIBRARY! why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • Club Chronicle is a portable classroom extension activity.

  • With the intent to promote a home school connection, teachers allow students to make books in English and Spanish to share with parents.

  • For homes without books, Club Chronicle helps to promote good family literacy habits.


Reader s theater
Reader’s Theater why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • Many Club Chronicle stories lend themselves to dramatic re-enactment. For ESL students, Reader’s Theater is an excellent means to promote oral language development.

  • The stories are short, and can be cut up into small segments; even one-sentence parts are possible.


Letter writing skills
Letter Writing Skills why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • Through the efforts of the Readers are Leaders Foundation, students receive Club Chronicle for free.

  • It’s a great opportunity to teach letter writing skills.


Looking for cognates
LOOKING FOR COGNATES! why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • With a school population that is 100% Hispanic, linking the home language for the ESL student is essential.

  • Cognates are easy to find in Club Chronicle. With English and Spanish versions side-by-side, students cross- reference as they build their 2nd language vocabulary.


What about secondary
What about Secondary ? why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • Club Chronicle promotes skills that transcend grade level barriers

  • Teachers can’t presume kids come with a rich literary background.

  • Club Chronicle is great for:

    low readers in all upper grades

    all ESL students (see NCTE handout)

    foreign language teachers of Spanish

    even GT English!


Gt english
GT ENGLISH? why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • Fairy tales and fables can be read and viewed through the lens of literary criticism: Feminism, Marxism, Reader Response, post- colonialism.

  • “The Lion’s Share,” one of Club Chronicle’s recent offerings, is a good example of this.

  • See handout.


Sidebar
Sidebar: why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • High School seniors applying to Stanford University are often required to submit the application essay in the form of an original fable!

  • Fables can be used to illustrate concepts in Political Science, World History, Economics and Government classes.


Coming attractions
COMING ATTRACTIONS….. why we love to read it and to write it.”

  • Folktales in February:

    “The Fifth Aztec Sun”-2/13/05, & 2/20/05

    “How Coyote Gave Fire to the People,” -2/27/05

    ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE @: www.chron.com/cie


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