Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple Student Book

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple Student Book

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ISBN: 9781880892206
Grades: 5

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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
Trade Paper
2nd, Revised
Series Title
Learning Language Arts Through Literature Ser.
Debbie Stayer
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Common Sense Press
1.95 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.75"
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Why did you choose this?
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My two older daughters enjoyed LLATL so much and we have the older Teacher's book so we went with these Student Books for our 3 boys (ages 10-12) but honestly I just felt like this would be a fun start on LLATL now that they're finally interested in reading!
Lytia H on Sep 12, 2020
I chose this book to go along with the Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple book program.
Christine S on Aug 15, 2019
My two older daughters enjoyed LLATL so much and we have the older Teacher's book so we went with these Student Books for our 3 boys (ages 10-12) but honestly I just felt like this would be a fun start on LLATL now that they're finally interested in reading!
Lytia H on Sep 12, 2020
I have an older teacher's version of this, so the older student workbook is perfect!
Deborah W on Jul 29, 2020
I chose this book to go along with the Learning Language Arts Through Literature Purple book program.
Christine S on Aug 15, 2019
We have enjoyed this curriculum in the past.
Laura M on Jun 10, 2019
I wanted something more gentle this year.
Kathleen M on Apr 25, 2019
Been using. Easy to use.
josh b on Aug 12, 2018
We have used this in the past, and I'm coming back to it for my son who isn't a HUGE lover of reading. It gets some good books in there with activities with some quality literature that just might pique his interest in a particular book. Let's hope.
Danita H on Jul 27, 2018
I used this program as a kid when I was homeschooled. I'm excited to be able to use it with my own children! This is our second year and it is STILL a great program!
Jennifer B on Jul 3, 2018
I have used this with my other students. It is a gentle way of doing Language Arts that teaches dictation, spelling, parts of speech, comprehension, etc.
Sheryl H on Jun 13, 2018
Provides thorough grammar and writing instruction paired with good literature for children.
Larin C on May 21, 2018
My children like these Literature books better than others we have tried over the years of homeschooling.
Rebecca J on May 7, 2018
need a program the kids could do independently
Suzanne D on Jan 4, 2018
Recommended by Education Specialist
Ashley S on Oct 23, 2017
Moving my child into her next grade book
Heather M on Sep 27, 2017
This is a great curriculum that covers everything!!! The only thing i substitute is writing cause I really like the I.E.W writing program other than that this covers reading and comprehension also. :) win win all around.
Emily L on Sep 13, 2017
used other books in this series and like the literature
Ashley A on Aug 31, 2017
LLATL is our family's go-to for language arts. Easy to teach and gentle for children. Love it!
Janelle S on May 11, 2017
Wonderful program for English that we love using.
James C on Mar 18, 2017
A great friend home schools and uses this book. I like that it is Christian based.
Trina H on Mar 9, 2017
I have the teachers manual and am tired of copying the pages for my son.
Adria H on Mar 3, 2017
I like the curriculum!
Jolene W on Oct 11, 2016
I chose these book to go with the teacher manual
Kendra C on Oct 3, 2016
good program
Ann F on Sep 29, 2016
Need it to teach my 5th grader
Garet W on Aug 22, 2016
Laurie V on Aug 22, 2016
I heard it was easy to use and it came highly recommended by a veteran homeschooling mother.
Joanne M on Aug 12, 2016
Nice complete language arts curriculum.
James L on Aug 3, 2016
I like the integrated approach to language and literature.
Christie A on Jun 9, 2016
Required for home school group
Cinnamon C on Mar 9, 2016
Going through the Orange Book right now, we love this approach of doing grammar.
Ann B on Jan 29, 2016
We have used LLATL with our older children and have been pleased with the product.
Sharon K on Jan 8, 2016
preferred language arts curriculum
Marliese C on Nov 5, 2015
LLATL Purple book incorporates engaging literature passages and books to read.
Lisa S on Oct 23, 2015
I have an older teacher's version of this, so the older student workbook is perfect!
Deborah W on Jul 29, 2020
We have enjoyed this curriculum in the past.
Laura M on Jun 10, 2019
Is this the new 3rd edition?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is the older 2nd edition. Here is the new 3rd edition Student Book -

Do students still read "Meet Addy" as listed in the table of contents?
A shopper on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, if you can obtain the book. If not, "Number the Stars" by Lous Lowry is the given alternative. You can find book study questions for it on the website for LLATL.
Do you still read "Meet Addy" as listed in the table of contents or has that book been replaced?
A shopper on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 'Meet Addy' has been replaced with, 'Number the Stars', by Lois Lowry. We purchased all of the books, including 'Meet Addy', because my 5th grader loves to read. Thriftbooks is a great resource for used books.
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Rated 5 out of 5
As a former middle/high school English teacher, I found LLTL to be a lifesaver for me having no elementary experience. I like the approach of integrating grammar instruction, research, etc through literature. Weaknesses in my opinion are as follows: light on literary elements, terms, and very little writing instruction. I have supplemented in these areas. However, that just may be the elementary approach. Overall, I will continue through 5th but will seek a more challenging, writing-focused curriculum through the upper grades.
July 7, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for right brained learners!
Great for the right brained learner- I like that reading, language, spelling and vocabulary are all in this book and not a monotonous curriculum.
July 7, 2018
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Both my daughter and I are enjoying this book. However, I do find some occasional typos. It did take a little getting used to the layout of the book, but I am glad that I made this purchase. I intend to continue using this series for the upcoming grades.
November 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great Literary Selections; Needs Proofreader
As I wrote about the teacher guide, the company seriously needs proofreaders. I LOVE the material chosen for the students! That's what drew me to the products. I even went back a lower grade because I didn't want to miss the lovely books for that level. However, the typos and misspellings, etc., are quite a distraction. Sorry I don't have any specific examples to point out at the moment. I really do like the selections and the method of incorporating a variety of language arts lessons into one book, though, so I'm sticking with these products.
February 19, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Learning Language Arts through Literature is based on the educational philosophy of Dr Ruth Beechick and her natural learning method as outlined in her books "The Three R' � "Language and Thinking for Young Children � and �You Can Teach Your Child Successfully� The curriculum is authored by the late Debbie Strayer a homeschooling mother teacher author and public speaker and Susan S Simpson a teacher author and publisher Learning Language Arts through Literature Purple Book is a comprehensive language arts curriculum which teaches spelling reading grammar composition research and study skills and higher order thinking skills creative expression and penmanship The authors have chosen �real books� which are the back bone for the curriculum�s book studies �Real Book� selections include: �Farmer Boy � �The Trumpet of the Swan � �Meet Addy � and �Caddie Woodlawn� Literature passages from �real books� such as Mr Popper�s Penguins � �David Livingstone Foe of Darkness � �Strawberry Girl � �Amos Fortune Free Man � and �Color the Classics� are utilized for copy work and dictation The Purple Book includes three units: Speech Making Poetry Oral Presentation of Folk Tales and Tall Tales Learning Language Arts through Literature incorporates creative expression activities such as choral reading family tree interviewing memorizing role playing and speech making into the daily lesson plans The instructors guide is comprised of easy to use lesson plans spanning a period of 36 weeks Each lesson is made up of the following components: New Skills Taught Materials Needed Scripted Lesson Plan Higher Order Thinking Skills Answers Examples Diagrams and References to the student activity book The Skills Index is an easy to use reference for the teaching parent Assessments allow the teacher to evaluate the student�s progress Review activities follow the lessons to provide the student with additional skills practice Placement tests are available online at the Common Sense Press website As a home schooler I have perused several language arts curricula I cannot praise this curriculum enough! Learning Language Arts through Literature receives an A+ from this homeschooling parent!
May 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
I am a former classroom teacher and after much research I chose the Learning Language Arts Through Literature program 5 years ago for my children We have used it every year since It is such a complete program teaching my children everything from grammar to how to do research for a paper The format is such that they can do much of the work independently Now with today's economy I am finding that it is such a wonderful VALUE One volume has everything you need for teaching spelling grammar reading and writing skills
February 22, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5
I've used Learning Language Arts Through Literature's purple book over the last three years for my two daughters and found it a nice variety to the other curriculums we've followed The Purple Book (LLATL) is a fifth grade curriculum put out by Common Press based on the idea that grammar spelling reading and writing can best be taught simultaneously through exposure to and application of good literature The year is divided into 36 lessons corresponding with the weeks of the average school year Each week's lesson is divided into 5 parts one for each day of the school week These daily segments are extremely short For my kids the daily assignment averaged 20 minutes work A typical lesson begins with a reading selection from a book or a piece of poetry The year covers novels biographies tall tales and poetry characteristics These include "America" Mr Popper's Penguins Trumpet of the Swan "America the Beautiful" David Livingstone; Foe of Darkness Strawberry Girl Amos Fortune and "The Star-Spangled Banner" These selections are then dictated to the student for penmanship spelling and punctuation exercises The rest of the lesson consists of teaching grammar writing and spelling rules brought out of the literature passage Every eight weeks or so the lesson is a book study Farmer Boy Caddie Woodlawn Meet Addy (American Girls) and Trumpet of the Swan are used for book studies which include character sketching book reports new vocabulary words and discussion of the plot and book outline This program includes assessments and review work for the students to keep track of progress The full program comes with a student book (consumable) and a teacher's handbook It's possible to teach the lessons using only one or the other I tried both options Using only the handbook involved a lot of time on the teacher's part in active teaching but also allowed for better guidance as the basis of the curriculum is seeing what you know and building on it For example spelling words are chosen from those written incorrectly during dictation Using only the student workbook is easy and it also includes some enrichment exercises in spelling and critical thinking that aren't part of the handbook I found the workbook easy to correct without the handbook but a bit awkward to give dictations from while having my daughter write in it at the same time I think on the whole using both together as they are meant to be used is best as you teach the lesson rather than slip into letting the child go at it on their ownIn general this book is a good options for those who want to give their kids a feel for proper writing but it doesn't require much in this grade in the way of putting those skills to use Students are not expected to write much It also doesn't cover more than a very elementary diagramming of subjects and predicates which I feel is a bit below this level Skills are not given much drill work This can be practical for kids who catch things quickly and frustrating for those who don't Students are expected to remember the grammar taught by the assessment I found myself re-teaching the grammar during reviews until I added some extra notebook work to the existing lessons to make them more long-term-memory friendly As a stand alone I think this book makes a fairly weak fifth grade text but it could serve as a very good supplement to another curriculum or with a bit of extra grammar and writing added to it It's also a nice way to teach kids to apply their reading and does get them interested in reading the literature their dictation comes from It also has a fair amount of activities sprinkled throughout to teach concepts These are useful to children who need a bit more spontaneity and hands-on in the classroom Overall it's a fun break from traditional grammar and my daughters did enjoy their years with it
March 31, 2008

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