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Anchor Texts by Theme
• White type indicates Informational Text.
• Black type indicates Literature Text.
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The same nine themes occur at every grade level, specific theme content changes to reflect the developmental and interest levels of students. Themes range from personal, spiritual, and family-oriented topics to those incorporating cultural, sociological, and environmental issues. Spiritual lessons aligned with the Adventist Worldview, essential question, and big idea are intentionally integrated within the unit. The framework for instruction is consistent across grade levels.
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Social Issues and Culture
by de Angeli
Research supports the need to choose more complex text to better prepare students for post-secondary experiences—either academic or work. Text complexity demands for college and career readiness have held steady or increased over the past half century, yet the complexity of texts that K-12 students use has steadily decreased in that same interval. Pathways 2.0 provides increased text complexity in literary selections.
The Three-Part Model for Text Complexity useful in understanding the expectations of complex texts at all grade levels. The three domains—quantitative, qualitative, reader and task considerations—are equally intertwined in determining the appropriateness of text.
Students are introduced to heroes who overcome insurmountable odds. Biographies feature many types of heroes facing challenges ranging from the defending beliefs to social injustices. Students are led to recognize God’s power and love in these stories as well as in their own lives.
My World and Others
Students experience how people live in different cultures and political settings. They gain insight from historical and contemporary perspectives about how people live in different geographical regions and how culture affects human lives. Students will celebrate not only the differences among cultures but also the many similarities that make up God’s family.
Students are encouraged to study the natural world around them through the lens of creation. Each level has a specific scientific focus. Through the study of “God’s Second Book” students are brought to a closer relationship with Him.
Walking with God
This theme encourages students to grow spiritually and to foster a personal relationship with Jesus by seeking God’s plan for their lives. The many Christ-like attributes described in the stories will exemplify what being a Christian truly means. Included are stories of how God has led the Adventist church and how He leads in the affairs of those who trust His guidance.
Friends and Family
This theme includes literature about interrelationships among family members and friends. In the early grades, students explore roles and relationships within families. In the middle and upper grades, the content broadens to interpersonal relationships with friends. Students are encouraged to recognize how their actions influence others by following the example of Jesus.
Selections in this theme stress the interrelationships between people and their environment. Students study ways people appreciate and preserve the environment. Students realize their responsibility to care for God’s creation.
Personal Feelings and Growth
Texts for this theme stress personal issues and struggles as students explore how life experiences enable them to grow closer to God and become resilient. The primary grade literature focuses on students’ growing knowledge of themselves and their potential. The upper grade literature explores an individual’s personal feelings and growth, change, perseverance, and family relationships.
Texts for this theme allow students a glance at life during various historical periods. Through literature students explore a variety historical events such as colonial times, western expansion, racial injustice, the polio epidemic, and child labor laws. While learning about cultural events they are led to see God’s hand in the affairs of humans.
Social Issues and Culture
Readers explore relationships among different groups over issues of prejudice, physical challenges, cultural differences, immigration, social injustices, and death. They experience how characters learn to accept others with special needs and people from different cultural backgrounds. Students explore how to respond compassionately to the turmoil in our world.