ERIC Number: ED377395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
In the Beginning Was the Word. Teaching Reading & Writing through the Bible.
Colvin, Ruth J.
This instructional guide provides step-by-step techniques for using biblical materials in adult literacy instruction. Although the book is written from a Christian perspective, the techniques can easily be adapted to any religious material. Chapters 1 and 2 describe adults who want to learn specifically to read the Bible and volunteers who want to teach reading/writing with a focus on reading the Bible. Chapter 3 offers suggestions for recruiting adults and having them make the commitment. Chapter 4 describes techniques for teaching reading/writing: language experience, sight words/context clues, phonics, vowels, word patterns, and process writing. The first meeting is the focus of Chapter 5. It covers these topics: what to bring to a lesson; time, place, and equipment; introductions; learning together; and home practice. Chapter 6 identifies and describes resources and activities for lessons: passages in the Bible, words of hymns, Biblical pictures/posters, Bible stories and parables, rewriting a Biblical story, reading in public, reading the Bible, prayer, maps, religious holidays, dictionary skills, and litanies and bulletins. Chapter 7 provides suggested lesson formats for 1-hour and 2-hour sessions and discusses writing lesson plans for specific students. Chapter 8 offers suggestions for follow-up to the class. Appendixes include 16 endnotes, a list of 16 resources, sample forms, and exercise sheets. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Biblical Literature, Classroom Techniques, Hymns, Lesson Plans, Literacy Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Religion, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., 5795 Widewaters Pkwy., Syracuse, NY 13214 (order no. 50012, $11.95 plus $3 handling and 8% shipping).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., Syracuse, NY.