Lightning Literature Grade 2 Student Workbook

Lightning Literature Grade 2 Student Workbook

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Item #: 040245
ISBN: 9781578962747
Grades: 2

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The author's goal in writing this series is to "instill a love of great literature in children, expand their ability to read intelligently and deeply, improve their communication abilities, and prepare them for more advanced language arts concepts. The three key components to this series are literature, grammar and mechanics, and composition.

The Student Workbook explains the lesson's concept for the child and includes Reading Journal Pages, Dictionary Pages, and Alphabet and Sentence Puzzle Pages. Answers to the questions are in the Teacher's Guide.

Category Description for 2nd Grade Lightning Literature:

Lightning Literature and Composition at the elementary level brings Five in a Row to mind. Utilizing the same "read-through-books-multiple-times-a-week" methodology in the lowest grades yet with a focus on literature appreciation as well as systematic grammar and writing instruction, the goal is both developing a love of great literature and a loving, gentle introduction to language arts. Snuggle up on the sofa, use this course as a road map, and read good books with your child. You'll accomplish the goals of this program! A Teacher Guide, a Student Workbook, and lots of classic (along with some contemporary) children's books are the components for the program.

Grade 2 Literature (in order of lessons): Max's Words; Old Woman who Named Things; Bee Tree; Teedie, the Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt; Insect Detective; Three Questions; La Mariposa; Sequoyah; Anatole; Pop's Bridge; Patchwork Quilt; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; Extraordinary Mark Twain; Polar Express; Enormous Crocodile; Snowflake Bentley; Many Moons; Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine; This is New York; Bears on Hemlock Mountain; Mouse Called Wolf; Boxcar Children; My Father's Dragon; 26 Fairmount Avenue; and Mr. Popper's Penguins. Poetry selections are from the Random House Book of Poetry for Children.

The Teacher Guide is the heart of the program and is necessary. It's here that the general flavor of the program is most obvious including its orientation toward teacher-student interaction rather than independent student work. Detailed daily instructions are written in first person to the parent/teacher. The flexibility built into the program is reiterated often with examples of how to adapt the teaching instructions for students who are sluggish or need extra challenge. Weekly schedules have a basic structure. Each day includes literature study, grammar/mechanics study, and work on the weekly composition assignment. All workbook answers are provided in the Teacher Guide

The Student Workbooks include some instructional material but are essentially consumable worktexts. Most of the grammar exercises are included here along with space to write thoughts about the reading selection (i.e. Reading Journal Pages: What this Story is About, What I Think of this Story, and My Favorite Sentence). The books are colorful and appealing. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, Winnie the Pooh, and Just So Stories are used throughout the year and included with some of the Packages.

The Grade 2 Pack includes the Teacher Book and Student Workbook and the Random House Book of Poetry for Children. The Literature Package includes all the literature selections needed for the course. The Grade 2 Extended Pack includes the Teacher Guide and Student Workbook and the Random House Book of Poetry for Children, Winnie the Pooh, and Just So Stories.

Grade 2 Teacher - 340 pgs, pb; Grade 2 Student - 354 pgs, pb. Grade 2 handwriting lines are ½" with dotted middles.

Category Description for Lightning Literature Elementary:

Lightning Literature & Composition utilizes a “read-through-books-multiple-times-a-week” methodology in the lowest grades. It continues through the grade levels with a focus on literature appreciation as well as a loving, gentle introduction to language arts. The goal throughout the series is developing a love of great literature. Maturing to solid, literature-based grammar and writing lessons, this series is excellent on all fronts.

Literature selections are varied and inspired, including classic, contemporary, and award-winning options. Grammar instruction presents, reviews, and builds through the grade levels, incorporating diagramming after 1st grade. Students are encouraged to write a wide variety of compositions with instruction in the writing process and forms of writing always weaving in the grammar applications. But, this never gets in the way of enjoying the story. There is, in fact, an amazing amount of seamless interweaving of the literature, grammar, and composition threads.

You might be wondering about the role of phonics/reading instruction in this program. To put it simply, it's not included. There seems to be an underlying assumption that the student is reading at grade level and that phonics instruction is underway (or completed).

The basic components of the program are a user-friendly Teacher Guide, a colorful and appealing Student Workbook and lots of well-loved literature. The early grades include extra read-aloud stories/books. (i.e. Aesop's Fables in Grade 1; Winnie the Pooh and Just So Stories in Grade 2). Poetry is included (after 1st grade) drawn from the Random House Book of Poetry for Children in grades 2-3 and included in the Student Workbook in grades 4-6.

The Teacher Guide is the heart of the program even though much of the instruction comes through the Student Workbook. While there is little teacher prep that is necessary, the courses are based on teacher-student interaction and the Teacher Guide is absolutely necessary. It provides weekly overviews, daily lesson plans, and answers to workbook pages.

There are 36 weekly lessons; each with daily instruction for Monday through Thursday (Friday is a day off). Lessons in Grade 1 are each based on a well-loved children's picture book. In Grade 2, the lessons start with picture books but in the last third of the year move into chapter books which are studied over a multi-week schedule. Upper levels cover chapter books over several weeks (anywhere from 2 to 6).

Daily instruction includes three segments: literature, grammar & mechanics, and composition. Compositions are assigned weekly with daily guidance towards completion. Daily composition segments lead the student through the writing process including brainstorming, ordering, rough drafts, and final drafts. The variety of writing assignments includes creative writing, essays of all sorts (description, personal, opinion, etc.), research paper, and poems. There is a constant emphasis on remembering that the goal is to love literature and language arts with suggestions for adapting the lessons to the needs of your student. Each week ends with suggestions for extending the lesson. Handwriting instruction and practice can be incorporated into each lesson as desired/needed.

The Student Workbooks include instruction and serve as a consumable worktext. Artwork, illustrations, and graphics are all related to the week’s literature assignments. Appendices vary with the grade level books but tend to include helpful reference and resource information.

Category Description for Lightning Literature & Composition:

"Reading should be fun, and writing should be satisfying." The author of this series believes this, and she has produced courses that try to keep that goal ever present. She WANTS students to enjoy themselves! Accordingly, reading assignments are comfortable - two novels, two non-fiction books, two short stories and several poems for the 7th grade course, for instance. Lessons are well-constructed and the excellent and thorough coverage includes vocabulary, comprehension, literary elements, composition, grammar, and mechanics.

The three components of this program are designed to be complementary and to be used together. The Student Workbook is the student's textual companion as they study the literature selections. This consumable book is the place for the student to "do" their work. It provides worktext space for all the essential exercises as well as some optional fun/reinforcement exercises.

The Teacher Guide is the "glue" that holds the whole program together providing a philosophical and methodical overview of the program and a weekly planning schedule (lesson plans) as well as chapter-by-chapter answers and teaching helps.

The last component is the excellent Literature Selections that are the heart of the program. Classics, familiar, non-familiar, poetry, and, occasionally, surprising choices all find their way onto the book lists for each grade level. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer Literature Packages for each guide that include the necessary books. You and your student are encouraged to read, enjoy, and profit from the year's literature studies. ~ Janice


Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.

Category Description for LANGUAGE ARTS:

Primary Subject
Language Arts
Elizabeth Kamath
Brand Name
Hewitt Research Foundation
2.2188 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.88"
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So excited to use this
Stephanie C on Jul 17, 2021
Try to guild the kids at home.
Yunxia G on Jun 3, 2021
So excited to use this
Stephanie C on Jul 17, 2021
Comprehensive, secular reading, writing, and language arts curriculum.
Natalie W on Jul 14, 2021
Try to guild the kids at home.
Yunxia G on Jun 3, 2021
literature study this year
Melissa M on Mar 28, 2021
Not included in the Second Grade Lit package. Excited to use it!
Clare G on Aug 28, 2020
Great reviews from other homeschool parents
Samantha C on Jul 11, 2020
I enjoyed LL 3 and 4 with my older child.
KAREN S. on Jul 11, 2019
The lesson units are well thought out, and the work book is a perfect compliment to the teacher guide.
Kristy R on Aug 21, 2018
Comprehensive, secular reading, writing, and language arts curriculum.
Natalie W on Jul 14, 2021
literature study this year
Melissa M on Mar 28, 2021
does it come with the books?
A shopper on May 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The workbook, is just the student work pages.
The teacher book is necessary to teach lessons. The books can be purchased from rainbow resources in a package or you can borrow from the library. Or even purchase individual books from RR.
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Rated 2 out of 5
Severely lacking
As a former teacher I'm baffled as to why this program is so popular. It's essentially a book list - adequate list of books - and some very low-level worksheets, many that often repeat for each book. The "lesson plans" also are unimaginative with repeating ideas for each book. I am spending hours each weekend creating supplemental material as there simply is not enough substance here. Would not recommend.
March 4, 2022
Rated 3 out of 5
Was a nice Starter - Not for Us long term
After 6 weeks I think we will be moving on. I think it's a lovely program with good variety. I appreciate that concepts are not over-worked, a little is enough. However, for each book the child writes a summary/opinion, after 6 books there has yet to be a single one he says he likes! They are lovely books, but no adventure or excitement, nothing which has made either of us want to read them over and over. Neither of us look forward to doing literature, on the flip side we don't loathe it. I appreciated it as a nice starter for our first year of home-school but it's not going to hold our interest.
October 16, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
Good motivation to keep reading.
My daughter really likes this literature and I like that she is motivated to read and then answer questions about it. Also, the books are great for her age.
December 29, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this curriculum
Easy to use and kids love the bite sized portions.
October 3, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love the high quality books and the incorporation of grammar, composition, and reading comprehension!
June 1, 2020
over 3 years ago

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