Reading Tips for Sixth Graders

Reading Tips for Middle Grade Readers

Reading tips for sixth gradersIn each of The Caden Chronicles the publisher includes questions about the case that Nick Caden, and readers, must answer. Before presenting the novel to your reader, ask what your child already knows about the subject. For example, in Dead Man’s Hand Nick must uncover the killer of an actor playing the roll of Billy the Kid.

After reading the first chapter, ask if the story makes sense; this is called “monitoring understanding,” — a fancy, term that means “the ability of understanding something.” In my day we called this comprehension. If chapter one lacks clarity to your reader, ask them to re-read and make notes of where they became confused.

  • Note any supporting details they found interesting.
  • Have them write down questions they may have about where the story is going, why a character reacted the way they did, any clues they believe the author included on purpose.
  • Ask them to read aloud.
  • Suggest they write down the chapter’s main ideas.
  • Ask them to list any problems characters overcame.
  • Ask them how a character changed in a chapter. Characters who change are putty people: external circumstances reshape putty characters. A character’s will and inner strength will often resist change. Ask them to note that struggle as well.
  • Ask them to describe what they think will happen in the next chapter.
  • Once they are several chapters into the story, ask them to predict how the story might end.
  • Ask your reader why the author describes settings the way he does, how he uses dialogue, humor, or suspense for effect.
  • What new words did your reader discover. What words might your reader have used instead of ones the author chose?
  • Have your child write down unfamiliar words on sticky notes and if the word’s definition is not made clear by the story, look them up later.

Reading is KEY to learning. Those who cannot read, follow leaders. Be a leader. Be a reader. Buy a boy or girl a book.

North Georgia Conference Sues Mt. Bethel (“a holy place”) Church

UMC Split

Mt. Bethel Church : North Georgia Conference“The North Georgia Conference is suing Mt. Bethel Church after attempts at mediation failed. The suit is seeking that the court require the transfer of all assets to the conference. After a failed attempt at mediation, the months-long dispute between the North Georgia Conference and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church has landed in civil court. The North Georgia Conference is the largest such regional body in the U.S. in terms of membership, encompassing nearly 800 churches and 350,000 United Methodists. By some counts, Mt. Bethel is the conference’s largest church. The legal dispute between North Georgia and Mt. Bethel comes as The United Methodist Church appears to be heading for its own split.”

Read the complete article at: https://um-insight.net/in-the-church/umc-future/conference-sues-for-control-of-megachurch/

Elymas the Sorcerer

A Scary Tale from the Crypt

Elymas the SorcererWhen the Apostle Paul arrived on the island of Seleucia, he met a sorcerer named “Son of Salvation” (Bar-Jesus) who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. Sergius was an intelligent man and sent for Saul Paul and Barnabas because he wanted to hear the word of God.

These days there are an endless number of videos featuring preaching and teaching of God’s words: some of it truthful.

Today, as then, a great many false prophets spread false teachings. By taking God’s words and adding some false beliefs, or removing some of God’s truth, they gain fame for themselves, sometimes fortunes. Today we might call this the spirit of “Elymas the Sorcerer.”

As soon as sorcerer heard that his boss wanted to meet with Paul he opposed them and tried to turn Sergius from the faith.

But Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at sorcerer and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. You pervert the right ways of the Lord.”

Deceit, trickery, perversion are but three test to verify if someone is speaking the Truth of God—a false prophet or “magician of darkness.”  See if you can detect the trickery in this comment.

The speaker highlights the slight shift from calling sinners to repent to simply calling sinners. The speaker seems glad, almost giddy, that Christ leaves sinners broken, addicted to sin, tormented by dark thoughts. Were a physician to invite the sick, give them a kind word, and send them on their way without treating the disease and asking the patient to follow prescribed instructions would be grounds for malpractice. And yet many false physicians peddle such medicine and claim it has the seal of Christ.

Jesus’ began his ministry with these words: “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news (Mark 1:15)!”

Jesus began to preach by saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17).”

The Apostle Paul said, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).”

In calling sinners, Christ is first calling, inviting, asking that they come as they are. Bring all your baggage, all your wounds, all your ways of filthy living. Christ healed the sick, drove out demons, opened eyes, ears, mouths. He came to restore us, not leave us to rust where we are.

So what warning can we take from Elymas the Sorcerer. Consider this: after Paul witnessed the false teachings of the sorcerer he said, “Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.”

This curse coincided with the sorcerer’s spiritual blindness. Every time and all the time our sin blinds us.

Immediately mist and darkness came over the sorcerer, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. This is the state of all who fall under the influence of false prophets and sorcerers promoting dark teaching. Their victims grope about confused, stumbling, falling deeper into distress.

When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

When we hear all the words of Christ, all the words of his Father, not simply those we find comforting, we too will be amazed and believed. This is the good news of Jesus.

If you are a young person and wish to talk about your faith, begin with reading the words of Jesus. Study his actions. Accept his words—all his words—without shedding some because they make you uncomfortable. Healing should make us uncomfortable.

If we are in the presence of Jesus and do not feel pain, some discomfort, there is a good chance we’re not really in his presence at all.