Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gray Student Book

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gray Student Book

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Item #: 000337
ISBN: 9781880892473
Grades: 8-9

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As long as they are available, we will continue to carry the Student Books for the 2nd edition. This will allow our customers with older Teacher Books to continue with the program if they choose.

2nd edition books are available as long as supplies last. 

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.

Primary Subject
Language Arts
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Paper
2nd, Revised
Series Title
Learning Language Arts Through Literature Ser.
Young Adult
Diane Welch
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Common Sense Press
1.95 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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Compact, concise curriculum covering all language arts topics. Highly recommend this!
User on Sep 29, 2020
we have successfully used all of the lower grade writing books with our kids, and they have enjoyed them and learned a great deal. looking forward to moving into the 8th/9th grade level book!
jamie d on Aug 19, 2020
Compact, concise curriculum covering all language arts topics. Highly recommend this!
User on Sep 29, 2020
This piqued my daughter's interest plus her older sisters enjoyed it.
Lytia H on Sep 12, 2020
we have successfully used all of the lower grade writing books with our kids, and they have enjoyed them and learned a great deal. looking forward to moving into the 8th/9th grade level book!
jamie d on Aug 19, 2020
We've been using this since the very beginning. It's got it all in one convenient book. And it's Biblically based! Super fun!
Erin L on Aug 14, 2020
I have used other levels of this curriculum for my child and it worked well. It is a nice, self-directed, all-inclusive workbook. It is average difficulty, which is what we need.
Carla W on Jul 31, 2020
I have used this curriculum for years and my children enjoy learning through it. I highly recommend it.
Angie T on Jul 25, 2020
I already have the Teacher Manual and needed a new Student Activity book. I was pleased to find an older version of this book available seeing most suppliers are only selling the new 3rd edition. Thank you
Tanya B on Sep 4, 2019
I have the teacher books and wanted the student books in order to better utilize the curriculum.
Tika M on Aug 22, 2019
I find this series to be thorough without being overwhelming for my kids.
Cecilia L on Aug 20, 2019
I've been using LLATL for 8 years and I love it. It could use a little more grammar but it gently introduces it throughout.
Rena R on Aug 19, 2019
My son loves LLATL, and has used it for the past few years. Some of the books he has found boring, but I just switch to another book and keep him on track for the lesson. It's always worked out perfect!
Carolee C on Aug 19, 2019
I prefer the book choices in this edition rather than in the newest edition.
Kathleen M on Apr 25, 2019
language arts comprehensive
Dayna M on Oct 9, 2018
My boys have used LLATL for years and request to keep going to the next color, grade.
Heather M on Sep 30, 2018
Have been using this program for years and really love it. It works for us.
Linda S on Sep 25, 2018
We have used these books before. As a former English teacher and current HS administrator, I find the Learning Language Arts Through Literature series comprehensive and thorough, leaving out none of the skills needed to be a solid reader and writer.
Michael H on Sep 5, 2018
We have used LLATL for every one of our children.
Cammie C on Jul 23, 2018
My son is currently using Rod and Staff English and struggling. I am going back to a more Charlotte Mason style approach for him.
Amy G on Mar 23, 2018
We have used this series for 17 years & love it.
C A on Feb 13, 2018
Had teacher book from previous child. Needed student consumable for next child.
Christina F on Jan 22, 2018
I ordered one set and wanted to have the student books for my future students
Kelley B on Jan 21, 2018
needed a program the student could do independently
Suzanne D on Jan 4, 2018
I love these series, after trying some other programs, I have come back to this...it really is great!
Sharon S on Oct 8, 2017
We have used this Language Arts program since 2nd grade and love it!
Denise S on Jun 8, 2017
Was ordering for the book writing contest and needed to get above $50 for free shipping. I will need this next year and since it was in the bargin book selection, I didn't hesitate.
James C on Mar 18, 2017
Need this for our LLATL curriculum
Lori G on Sep 22, 2016
Used Tan & Green books.
Sondra G on Jul 30, 2016
Love this program! I have used all the levels except Gold books so far.
Justine C on Jul 19, 2016
This goes with the text I'm using for my sons.
Mary D on Jul 7, 2016
Independent learner who is a reluctant reader and an excellent speller/writer/grammarian does well with this.
Rhonda B on Jun 13, 2016
This piqued my daughter's interest plus her older sisters enjoyed it.
Lytia H on Sep 12, 2020
We've been using this since the very beginning. It's got it all in one convenient book. And it's Biblically based! Super fun!
Erin L on Aug 14, 2020
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I've been using LLATL for over 8 years. I also use Spelling Workout to supplement the spelling but love LLATL for the short daily lessons. Easy to get through and prepared my kids for college too.
September 21, 2019
1 year ago
Fabulous and friendly
I have used this in the past. School wanted a religious free program. So 6 books later ,I have literature, spelling, and grammar as separate subjects. It is not user friendly. I love that it encompasses all 3 and my son likes it.
January 4, 2016
over 4 years ago
Glad I purchased it!
My son was really struggling with language arts, I was pleasantly surprised how much he likes doing language arts now, after this purchase. We are only a few chapters in, but we are loving it!
November 8, 2015
over 5 years ago

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