reading and literature

Reading / Literature Curriculum Guide

Reading is a necessary tool for daily living in a society in which the written word is used for spiritual growth, direction, information, and entertainment. The most important purpose of reading for the Christian is spiritual enlightenment and edification. Our students learn to appreciate the saving grace of the gospel through reading. Students will also use reading to learn about the world around them and read for enjoyment.


  1. Read God’s Word
  2. Use effective reading strategies to achieve different purposes in reading
  3. Read, interpret, and critically analyze literature
  4. Read and discuss literary and nonliterary texts in order to make personal connections and understand human experiences
  5. Read to acquire information
  6. Read for enjoyment based on our extensive use of Accelerated Reader


  1. Reading strategies including phonics – especially highlighted in our early and primary grades
  2. Vocabulary and word recognition – highlighted early on with sight words and carrying on throughout our middle and upper grades
  3. Comprehension – introduced early on and developed throughout all of our grades
  4. Literary response – introduced early on in simple formats and continued throughout all of our grades with a dedicated focus on written response in the 5th – 8th grades
  5. Literary concepts (setting, plot, characterization, structure, etc.) introduced early on in simple ways and continued throughout all of our grades with some intense exploring of these concepts in the 7th – 8th grades