At New Summit, we believe in Literacy First which means that we understand that in order for a child to access all subjects, he or she must know how to read. This creates a love of learning. We also know that multi-sensory, explicit, sequential, phonics-based instruction has proven to be the most effective. We can do this through the Core Classics listed from the Core Knowledge Curriculum.
The Core Classics present stories that have been “…loved for generations in abridged versions for young readers, faithful to the style, plot, and themes of the originals.” – Core Knowledge Curriculum
These classic books are perfect for teachers and parents to read aloud or for middle schoolers to read on their own. If your children have not read any or all of these stories, here is the list they can get started on right now!
Core Classics: Book List
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Gulliver’s Travels
- King Arthur and the Round Table
- Robin Hood
- Robinson Crusoe
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Treasure Island
- Don Quixote
- Little Women
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
- Sherlock Holmes
Many people do not realize the great benefits that come from reading classic books such as the ones from the list above. Reading these classic novels helps students in the following ways:
- It forces students to slow down their reading so they have to concentrate and so they can have a deeper understanding of what they are reading.
- It helps improves students’ vocabulary with words most of them have never heard before.
- It allows students to learn about history from “…inside the minds of its most influential contributors.” – www.jumpstreet.org
- It’s good for students to read books that have strong ideas, and to challenge if they agree or disagree with those ideas. This helps them discover the strength and validity of their own ideas.
- Reading classic books will make students love reading even more!
What do you think? Have you read any of these books? Which book would you like your student to start with?