English Lessons Through Literature Level 1 & 2 - 8.5" x 11"

English Lessons Through Literature Level 1 & 2 - 8.5" x 11"

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ISBN: 9781500192365
Grades: 1-3

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Combined volume that includes Level 1 and Level 2.

"Through literature" is the operative phrase in this series. It's what you would expect, after all, of a series incorporating a Charlotte Mason approach to language arts skills. Together the teacher and student travel through literature - poetry, well-loved books, fables, and stories. You pause along the way, of course, taking time to appreciate the story and learn the grammatical structure of the English language, giving the student opportunity through copywork and some narration to become immersed in quality writing models. Picture studies complement the literature and provide the means for students to put their thoughts into words and develop their observation skills. Just for good measure, the author has included some memory work - grammatical lists and definitions. Taken altogether, the result is an easy-to-use, holistic approach to English that is thoroughly consistent with Charlotte Mason, and yet meatier than most programs with a similar bent. It also has a more updated "feel" than many CM language programs even though many of the literature selections are "timeless" (i.e. a little old-fashioned).

The five levels currently available can be used for grades 1 through 6. These volumes are designed for the teacher and provide three lessons per week for 36 weeks (108 lessons per level). Each lesson follows a similar format. In each level, whole books are provided as read-alouds, with chapters to be read daily as the first lesson item. Fables, stories, excerpts, and poetry are also regularly used. Occasionally, the student is asked to think about something from the reading, but the author avoids comprehension questions. Next is the instructional nugget (probably the best description particularly in Levels 1 & 2). In the upper levels, the "nugget" is something more like a "chunk." Systematic grammar instruction starts in Level 2 and is pretty impressive, covering everything from punctuation to parts of speech to types of sentences and includes diagramming in Levels 3-5. In fact, in Level 2 and up, the lesson


English Lessons Through Literature is a secular language arts series. The general approach and most of the content is the same as a previous edition; the only difference is that any faith-based content has been removed. This makes this secular version somewhat unique since most of the Charlotte Mason language arts programs have faith-based content.

The seven levels (Aspiring, Blossoming, Cultivating, Discerning, Enlightening, Flourishing, and Growing) can be used for grades 1 through 8. The author recommends starting Aspiring in 2nd grade but 1st is also an option. The Volumes are designed for the teacher and provide three lessons per week for 36 weeks (108 lessons per level). Each lesson follows a similar format. In each level, whole books are provided as read-alouds, with chapters to be read daily as the first lesson item. Fables, stories, excerpts, and poetry are also regularly used. Occasionally, the student is asked to think about something from the reading, but the author avoids comprehension questions. The instructional nugget is next and "nugget" does seem like the best description particularly in Aspiring/Blossoming. In the upper levels, the "nugget" is something more like a "chunk."

Systematic grammar instruction starts in Blossoming and is pretty impressive, covering everything from punctuation to parts of speech to types of sentences and includes diagramming beginning in Cultivating. In fact, in Blossoming and up, the lesson title reflects the grammar covered (i.e. #38 in Blossoming is titled State of Being Verbs; Review: Pronouns) leaving no doubts about the general grammatical scope and sequence. In Discerning & Enlightening there is an appendix that provides additional writing lessons for older students. The appendices in each Volume include valuable information – memory work lists, a segment on the correct use of words, diagramming references, and sometimes literature passages as well as additional writing lessons and writing/editing protocol in the upper levels. The author also encourages the use of a personal spelling journal.

Writing instruction incorporates the classical progymnasmata (a bit unusual for a Charlotte Mason program). Aspiring through Flourishing focuses on fables and narrative while Growing explores chreia and maxim.

Workbooks are available for Aspiring through Flourishing and provide all the exercises and copywork. Though technically optional, they are a major time-saver for the teacher. In the lower levels (Aspiring through Discerning) they are available in several handwriting styles (Manuscript, Slant Cursive, Vertical Cursive, Basic Italic, and Cursive Italic). In the Enlightening and Flourishing levels, workbooks are provided in a print font.

There is very little teacher prep in this series. You will want/need to get a copy of the read-aloud books and make a copywork master (if not using the Workbooks), That’s about it! The daily lessons are pick-up-and-go. Full-color versions of the picture studies (black and white in the volumes) are available on the author’s website, so you may want to provide access to those just to make the whole study more enjoyable for both of you. Your student will ultimately be compiling a notebook to include copywork, definitions, exercise. Although prep is minimal with these courses, the daily lessons are based on teacher-student interaction.

You can probably tell that I’m enthusiastic about this series. It’s well-constructed, easy-to-use, has a strong emphasis on literature plus an equally strong emphasis on systematic grammar and mechanics as well as writing skills. You only need to add phonics/reading instruction and perhaps a systematic spelling to have a well-rounded approach to English and Language Arts. The author's series Reading Lessons Through Literature is an excellent complement providing, phonics, spelling, and reading. ~ Janice


Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.


Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade Start
1
Grade End
3
ISBN
9781500192365
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Kathy Jo DeVore
Weight
3.3 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.25"
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Needed a program that incorporated good literature to teach english. This one seemed very open and go and was at a level that a few of my children could use together. We look forward to reading through it together.
Renae B on Jul 26, 2019
This program looks to be a perfect mix between charlotte mason and classical styles.
Joseph P on Apr 24, 2019
Needed a program that incorporated good literature to teach english. This one seemed very open and go and was at a level that a few of my children could use together. We look forward to reading through it together.
Renae B on Jul 26, 2019
I was looking for a language arts program based on Literature
Ivy L on Jun 20, 2019
This program looks to be a perfect mix between charlotte mason and classical styles.
Joseph P on Apr 24, 2019
I am using Wayfarer's curriculum that suggests this English program.
Allison D on Jul 9, 2018
Economical and suggested by another homeschooling friend.
Julie F on Jan 30, 2018
Our current Grammar Curriculum is not working for my daughter, it's too dry and we end up very frustrated at the end of the day. So I'm hoping this will help her develop a love for Grammar since it has art incorporated and uses living books to understand Grammar. The online reviews are fantastic as well.
Cindi G on Oct 29, 2016
I was looking for a language arts program based on Literature
Ivy L on Jun 20, 2019
I am using Wayfarer's curriculum that suggests this English program.
Allison D on Jul 9, 2018
Does this require a separate workbook?
Becky P on Mar 31, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No it does not. I had my kids write in the book and use a spiral notebook for any longer writing that does not fit in the book. There is a separate workbook you can purchase but last I checked Rainbow Resourse does not carry it. The author of ELTL has them on her website for sale. I bought them. But you can do without it if need be.
Is this book spiral bound?
User on Aug 28, 2016
English Lessons Through Literature Level 1 & 2 - 8.5
English Lessons Through Literature Level 1 & 2 - 8.5" x 11"
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English Lessons Through Literature Level 3 - 8.5" x 11"
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BEST ANSWER: No, ours were not spiral bound. (We have had books spiral bound at our local UPS store for reasonable cost... it may be handy to have this one done like that too.)
Is this spiral bound?
A shopper on May 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, it's regular book binding. I'm probably going to get mine spiral bound locally.
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My Favorite On A Whim Purchase!
I homeschool my 1st and 2nd grader and I saw this recommended on an email from Rainbow Resource. I picked it up on a whim because I was trying to incorporate more good literature and I wasn't sure how. It is hands down the best spur of the moment curriculum purchase I've made. It takes the Charlotte Mason method, but breaks it down into steps for those of us who need/like a how to manual. It includes poetry, Aesop's Fables and picture studies plus instructions on basic English grammar that has to do with a sentence in the suggested reading and copy work (like nouns, punctuation, etc.) all within the book. Later on it adds narration instructions and bible verses to the copywork. It does have suggested literature where the instructions and copywork come from, but the copywork sentences are in this book, and you can get most of the selected reading for free online, free or cheap on kindle or even at the library.

I personally started with level 1 for both children and we do it together even though my older one is in 2nd grade, but I just have him do a bit more writing. If you like the idea of the CM philosophy, but need a bit more help on what and how to teach for literature I recommend this.

We do Classical Conversations for homeschool and starting in 4th grade my kids will do an intense IEW writing and grammar program and this is perfect for now to gently get them ready. I plan on getting the combination book for levels 3 & 4 too and I recommend buying them together because you save money.
October 9, 2015
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