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1. Who can use the Book of Mormon Little Books Lesson Plans?
2. What does research say about teaching reading?
3. How do I use Book of Mormon Little Books Scripted Lesson Plans?
 

1. WHO CAN USE BOOK OF MORMON LITTLE BOOKS LESSON PLANS?

A. HOMESCHOOLERS

  • Teach Gospel principles and reading simultaneously.
  • Use Scientifically Based Reading Research.
  • Follow simple instructions to make the "Materials Kit."
  • Direct explicit instruction is embedded in the Scripted Lesson Plans.
  • Help your child develop a love for the Book of Mormon.
 
Mother Sariah
 

B. PARENT/CHILD CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GOSPEL CONCEPTS

  • Enhance Gospel Discussions while reading the books.
  • Select a lesson segment to develop Reading Fluency.
  • Select a lesson segment to develop Vocabulary.
  • Select a lesson segment to develop Comprehension.
  • Help your child develop a love for the Book of Mormon.

C. PROMOTE LITERACY FOR NON-READING ADULTS

  • Learn to read Book of Mormon stories.
  • Learn by using a systematic research based approach.
  • Strengthen testimonies of the Book of Mormon.
GOAL FOR ALL: When a reader can fluently read Level F books he/she should be able to read from the Book of Mormon.

2. WHAT DOES RESEARCH SAY ABOUT TEACHING READING?
 
Lehi Teaching his Family
 

"Book of Mormon Little Books" can be used as supplementary learn-to-read books.  The scripted lesson plans include activities using the five essential components (The Big 5) of Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR).

THE BIG 5:  

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics and Word Study
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

The United States Congress charged a National Reading Panel to "assess the status of research-based knowledge, including the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching children to read." The panel sifted through over 100,000 pieces of reading research and in the year 2000 issued a report called Teaching Children to Read.  They concluded that children must develop skills in the five critical areas listed above. [http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org]

SBRR shows: 

  • Oral Language needs to be embedded in each of The Big 5.
  • Teachers must use Direct Explicit Instruction.
  • High Student Engagement is necessary.

Each scripted lesson plan design includes activities for all five critical components. These lesson plans are for supplemental instruction and not intended to take the place of a comprehensive research based reading program.


3. HOW DO I USE BOOK OF MORMON LITTLE BOOKS SCRIPTED LESSONS?

A. HOMESCHOOLERS:

  • Lesson plan activities are written for a parent and a single child but could easily be adapted for a small group of children. 
  • To be successful with the beginning lessons, the child should be able to name the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet in random order, and be able to say the sounds the letters represent.
  • Direct, Explicit, Systematic Instruction is scripted within quotation marks in each lesson:
    • I DO: The teacher (T) models how to do the skill.
    • WE DO: The teacher (T) and student (S) do the skill together.
    • YOU DO: The student (S) independently practices the skill.
  • It is not expected to do one complete lesson in a day. According to the child's needs, decide on a time frame and pick up where you stopped the next lesson period.
  • Let your child help you prepare the "Materials Kit" described in the introduction of the book.

View two complete sample lesson plans:

Level A, Book 3 Lesson Plan
Level E, Book 1 Lession Plan

B. PARENT / CHILD CONVERSATIONS:

  • If your child is receiving research based instruction (including the Big 5 as already described) you may want to only choose to use one or more of these lesson sections:
    1. Fluency Reading: Your child will regularly practice reading familiar books in a systematic way.  To read a book fluently your child should have no more errors than what is indicated on the back of the book.  Fluency Reading starts with Lesson A-2.
    2. Vocabulary: This section of the lesson will help you and your child discuss the meanings of useful everyday words as well as gospel centered words.
    3. Comprehension: A parent can choose meaningful gospel centered questions from this section of the lesson.  The questions are designed to help children understand what has happened in the story, and to liken it unto their own lives, thereby building individual testimonies of the truths in the Book of Mormon.
  • In the lesson plans (T) refers to the teacher or parent and (S) refers to the student or child.  Bold quotation marks indicate what the (T) or parent should say.

View two complete sample lesson plans:

Level A, Book 3 Lesson Plan
Level E, Book 1 Lession Plan
(See Vocabulary and Comprehension lesson components.)

 
Lehi Sees a Vision
 

C. PROMOTING LITERACY FOR NON-READING ADULTS:

  • To be successful with the beginning lessons, the adult learner will first need to name the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet in random order, and be able to say the sounds the letters represent.

  • Use Direct, Explicit, Systematic Instruction as is scripted within bold quotation marks in each lesson:
    • I DO: The teacher models how to do the skill.
    • WE DO: The teacher and student do the skills together.
    • YOU DO: The student independently practices the skill.
  • Adapt the lessons according to individual needs.
  • Use the ideas described above.

View two complete sample lesson plans:

Level A, Book 3 Lesson Plan
Level E, Book 1 Lession Plan

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