You’ve been hired to work as a curriculum developer for a large pre-K provider. As you review the current syllabus used for instruction, it becomes obvious that almost all the emphasis has been on learning letter sounds and word construction, with very little, if any, attention paid to the meaning of the stories, and even less to the concepts that are the foundation of story-making. The task is a little daunting because concepts are, by their nature, very abstract.
1. Identify four age-appropriate books that teach a moral, or other lessons, that you would use to teach reading skills to pre-kindergarten students. Design a learning activity based on each of the books that focuses on helping students to explore the meaning of the story, that is, to understand the message the story conveys. Describe the story elements that are common to the four books you have selected. Create an additional learning activity for two of the books that teach basic story structure (beginning, middle, end), as well as the use of theme and plot.
2. Be sure to read the SELF-EVALUATION section below to guide your thinking. Write your self-evaluation after you have completed mapping out your plan.
1. For each activity:
a. Explain how this activity addresses the issues in the scenario.
2. Describe and justify how your approach would improve teaching and learn in the scenario.