Trevor Romain Curriculum: DVD, Book, Workbook

Winner: Teachers’ Choice Award (2009), Cine Golden Eagle Award, Communicator Award - Crystal Award of Excellence, Learning Magazine. 

Trevor Romain

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DVD, Book, Workbook for curriculum

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A complete, systematic ELA and social-awareness curriculum that features direct vocabulary instruction, daily writing journals, robust reading comprehension training, and formative, weekly, and cumulative assessments.

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain ELA Curriculum

Teaching Reading and Writing Using Systematic Instruction

The need for improved methods of reading instruction is evident in a 2007 report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The report found that 69 percent of 8th grade students fell below the proficient level in their ability to comprehend the meaning of grade-level texts. The study also found that 26 percent of students read below the basic level, and could not read well enough to understand and learn from grade-level texts.

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain ELA Curriculum addresses the need for a program that systematically supports student reading and writing acquisition through multiple exposures to new words, explicit reading comprehension instruction, and direct vocabulary training with support from rich reading contexts.

Improves Reading Fluency
Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain ELA Curriculum features both group and independent readings, which reflect diverse genres including poetry, personal letters, short stories, and persuasive speeches. Readings from the program also feature universal themes, which easily supplement any language program.

In addition, the program includes group readings that give English Language Learners (ELL) students multiple opportunities to hear the pronunciation of rich new words that they may not be exposed to in daily communication.

Strengthens Text Comprehension
The curriculum features discussion questions that guide students through group readings. Each question focuses on an individual comprehension skill to reinforce understanding of ideas from the text. Reading comprehension worksheets also allow students to practice a reading skill using a nonfiction selection. The book Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain, by Trevor Romain, is also used as the basis for reading comprehension exercises.

Develops Vocabulary Comprehension
As stressed by the National Reading Panel (NRP), Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain ELA Curriculum teaches vocabulary both directly and indirectly by using a combination of methods and contexts. Rich group readings, student-friendly vocabulary explanations, and engaging classroom discussion activities allow students to easily understand and retain word meanings. Program words have also been chosen for use in students’ everyday lives and have been scaled for grade-level comprehension.

Vocabulary words are presented as explanations, rather than traditional dictionary definitions, which are written in student-friendly language. The program’s group activities follow vocabulary contexts and explanations and provide students with an immediate cognitive reinforcement of word meaning.

Vocabulary worksheets feature open-ended questions that allow students to synthesize word meaning by using personal experiences from their own lives. Each of the three vocabulary worksheets stresses a different level of word comprehension.

Provides Frequent Writing Opportunities
The curriculum features diverse writing prompts that provide students with opportunities to write about, summarize, and retell information from the story in creative and engaging formats. Over the course of the curriculum, students will write plays and speeches, create labels, and design advertisements using the characters from the DVD, Bullies Are A Pain In The Brain.

Student writing is also strengthened through the program's daily journal, which features engaging, open-ended writing prompts that guide students while still allowing for creative and personal expression.