Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gold - American Lit

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gold - American Lit

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Item #: 000336
ISBN: 9781929683338
Grades: 9-12

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Units: short story, novels, essay (expository, descriptive, & narrative), poetry. Greg Strayer, author.

The American Literature course contains units on short story, novels, essay (expository, descriptive, & narrative), and poetry.

All the user-friendly features of the lower grade series but written as college prep courses integrating literature studies with composition and incorporating vocabulary and grammar review. Course books, which include novel summaries, are written to both teacher and student with teacher helps and answers located in the back. The 36 weekly lessons are arranged in units - four or five per course. Teacher-Student discussions about the various pieces of literature are encouraged. The courses may be used in any order at any high school level. The American Literature course contains units on short story, novels, essay (expository, descriptive, & narrative), and poetry. The British Literature course features units on novel, poetry, essay (including a poetry interpretation essay), and book review. World Literature has units on literary periods: Early Literature, Epic Poetry, Medieval-Renaissance, and Enlightenment-Romanticism.

E-book versions of the Program Books and Notes, Tests and Answers Books are now available. All content from the hardcopy products are available as pdf files for download. In 1-2 business days after order is processed, the customer will be sent an email with information on how to access the files, and will then have 14 days to download the material. Once downloaded, they never expire from the customer’s computer and can be read and printed from any device.

"Its just common sense!" Yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component (carefully selected children's favorites) reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles.

The current 3rd edition features updated covers and clearer day-by-day instruction; there are also updates throughout the series to reflect changes in how research is conducted. Also, there is clearer direction for making personalized spelling lists. Some lessons have been "switched-out" to give students exposure to more classic literature. Since the original series was written over several years by two different authors, this 3rd edition has been tweaked to make it more consistent. A few out-of-print books have been replaced as well.

The Teacher Book is a homeschooler's dream; all the work has been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week/36 Lesson program. The Lessons are grouped into "Parts" and each is divided into five days of detailed instructions. New skills are listed for each lesson and necessary supplies are included at the beginning. There is virtually no teacher preparation needed; you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Book. Periodic assessments are provided to help you determine your childs readiness for the next "Part." The Student Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut-and-paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, and handwriting pages. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isnt exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts. The Student Book is consumable with perforated pages. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the childs progress. Phonics concepts are reinforced in separate beginning Readers. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since the weeks learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the weeks lesson starts off with the teacher reading either the small book (Blue) or a part of a reader (Red) to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics concepts and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the same reading selection. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The Materials Packet (Blue Program only) is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items, possibly laminating them. However, we sell additional Material Packets as well as Student Books and Reader Sets so you can easily use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. ~ 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.

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Because it is comprehensive
Xavier P on Jul 8, 2022
We've used this curriculum for several years. It gives a wide variety of exposure to different types of literature, including novels, biographies and poems.
Erin C on May 8, 2021
Because it is comprehensive
Xavier P on Jul 8, 2022
We saw this curriculum on your website and it looked fun, and much more engaging than Notgrass's literature component.
Rhiannon W on Jun 24, 2022
We've used this curriculum for several years. It gives a wide variety of exposure to different types of literature, including novels, biographies and poems.
Erin C on May 8, 2021
Tracy M on Sep 7, 2020
My kids love this format. I have used on all 3 and will buy more for them to do. It is easy to understand and doesn't stress my kids or me out.
User on Jul 28, 2020
I've used these books before with my older children and I really like the format and the use of whole books, copy work, handwriting, spelling, & critical thinking all woven into one lesson manual.
Andrea Z on Sep 3, 2019
For the cost, this looks like a really comprehensive list of books my 9th grader needs to read this year.
Klarisa K on Jul 17, 2019
Get idea about assignments for Literature.
Karen R on May 23, 2019
This seems like a well rounded course.
Lori B on Feb 28, 2019
I chose this curriculum because it includes reading novels as well as poetry and short stories. Also, it's more economical than some other literature programs. There are many good reviews online that helped me make this decision. I heard one on youtube by a Mom who was teaching her dyslexic son and, since my son is autistic, I was encouraged that this would work for our family.
Frances A on Aug 18, 2018
LLATL... thorough language arts courses, enough variety to not be boring, yet not overwhelming either- and economical too
Lynn S on Apr 13, 2018
Anything to make Literature easier.
Jennifer W on Nov 20, 2017
My home school program recommended it.
Debby G on Sep 11, 2017
This book has just the right mix of novels, short stories, and poetry. It highly compares to other American literature textbooks but doesn't have so much that you wouldn't have time to complete it all.
Stacie W on Aug 11, 2017
An all in one language arts curriculum that includes poetry, novel, and short studies. It looks to be a great streamlined approach.
Patricia D on Jul 10, 2017
I need it
barbara p on Aug 27, 2016
Children are in this grade
Rebecca M on Aug 19, 2016
Have really enjoyed this curriculum for a wide variety of learning styles in our family.
Sarah D on Aug 11, 2016
This will provide extra support to the literature books that we will read in the Notgrass American History program.
Jana Z on May 6, 2016
I'm thinking of using this next year and wanted to see if it would be something I would actually use.
Theresa O on Feb 6, 2016
The kind lady in chat found it for me.
Andrea A on Oct 19, 2015
I'm interested in using literature to teach writing.
Angela B on Sep 23, 2015
We saw this curriculum on your website and it looked fun, and much more engaging than Notgrass's literature component.
Rhiannon W on Jun 24, 2022
Tracy M on Sep 7, 2020
Does this book include grammar instruction or review?
Michele on Nov 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Grammar review is included.
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Rated 4 out of 5
Overall, your workbook for American Lit. is very useful (helpful text-analysis questions, writing exercises, etc.). But your specifically "Christian mission" in framing the questions was a dismaying surprise. Your website does not make this "mission" clear. I was embarrassed to come across the pointed questions & references while tutoring a Jewish student. I assured his parents that I was *not* trying to proselytize their son, that the "editorial" bias of the workbook was as much a surprise to me as it was an uncomfortable one for them. Please be more direct in the description of your materials.
June 25, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Nice book, lots of classics.
The book is thorough ! It covers many classics. That’s the good news. The bad news is you need a second book that contains the stores for the literary responses. Good price!
April 23, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very satisfied with this. You need to purchase the extra reading materials as well with this. I found this to be appropriate 10th grade curriculum along with additional material as well for our language arts home school class.
November 5, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My son and I thoroughly enjoyed using this program during his Freshman year Worried about not having expertise in the subject? Relax and rely on Greg Strayer's expertise! An excellent thorough yet easy-to-follow curriculum -- you can do it! And even enjoy it! My son & I enjoyed an interactive approach; reading the literature together and discussing the questions together also But you can use it in any manner you wish (There are suggested answers throughout -- so you are not on your own at all) We definitely plan to use the British Literature gold book as well
December 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
My son is dyslexic and I am always concerned about which reading programs we choose Although this is a good literature program some of the reading is a little difficult for those who struggle with reading I found myself having to "help" more with the reading However this is a good literature study It encourages thinking and understanding instead of memorizing literary terms I would recommend for 10th grade and up
April 24, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5
A very in-depth tour through the literature used Literary terms are covered and reviewed throughout the year Questions require thinking not just repeating what was read A very good course easily used with little teacher help I would recommend waiting and using this at the upper high school grades rather than freshman year (like I did) Some days took a full hour or more with the reading selection and questions I am planning on using the British Lit course in a year or two
January 12, 2006

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