English Lessons Through Literature Level 3 - 8.5" x 11"

English Lessons Through Literature Level 3 - 8.5" x 11"

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Item #: 006016
ISBN: 9781499770551
Grades: 3-4

Product Description:

Covers parts of speech, alphabetizing, plurals, synonyms, antonyms, types of sentences, parts of a sentence, diagramming, introduction to paragraphs, capitalization, punctuation, contractions, and abbreviations.

Level 3 Literature List: Story of Doctor Dolittle, Marvelous Land of Oz, Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare, Secret Garden, Princess and the Goblin. Fables are Indian fables from Jataka Tales and More Jataka Tales (Ellen C. Babbitt) and The Tortoise and the Geese and Other Fables of Bidpai (Maude Barrows Dutton)

"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
3
Grade End
4
ISBN
9781499770551
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Kathy Jo DeVore
Weight
2.55 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.0"
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User on Mar 6, 2019
Charlotte Mason inspired and Cathy Duffy recommended
Lynette S on Nov 16, 2017
Catalog review
User on Mar 6, 2019
Ive been using ELTL for a year now and really like it.
Jerry M on Jul 24, 2018
Charlotte Mason inspired and Cathy Duffy recommended
Lynette S on Nov 16, 2017
We have loved Level 2, so I'll be finishing it through the summer, ready to move into Level 3. I think we'll be well prepared for parsing (diagramming) as we are acquiring a solid understanding of parts of speech. Yay!
Cheryl P on May 12, 2017
Neede the next book in our set
Cindi G on May 8, 2017
I love that it uses real literature to teach grammar concepts. I've heard great reviews about it from Charlotte Mason style homeschoolers.
Elizabeth S on Feb 16, 2017
I am using the first and second level with my kids. I have enjoyed the program, so we are moving to the 3rd level with my third grader.
Stacy B on Oct 3, 2016
Recommendation
Maritza M on Sep 29, 2016
It looks like it will be a great fit for my student.
Erica B on Aug 10, 2016
I love Reading Lessons Through Literature by the same author, so I'm hoping for a similar approach to grammar and writing. Simple and to the point, no busywork, and based on good books. What more could you ask for?
Rebekah B on May 19, 2016
I love levels 1 and 2.
Brian O on Jan 11, 2016
I am looking for a Charlotte Mason style English curriculum that is more systematic and complete than some I have used in the past. I am hoping this one will meet my expectations.
Tami M on Nov 5, 2015
Ive been using ELTL for a year now and really like it.
Jerry M on Jul 24, 2018
We have loved Level 2, so I'll be finishing it through the summer, ready to move into Level 3. I think we'll be well prepared for parsing (diagramming) as we are acquiring a solid understanding of parts of speech. Yay!
Cheryl P on May 12, 2017
What workbook goes with this book?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I don’t think there is a workbook. This curriculum is marketed as a Charlotte Mason approach, so I would be surprised to find a workbook requirement. We have not done all of the lessons, but for the lessons we have done, we have just used a notebook. I hope this helps.
Is this book spiral bound?
User on Aug 28, 2016
English Lessons Through Literature Level 3 - 8.5
English Lessons Through Literature Level 3 - 8.5" x 11"
English Lessons Through Literature Level 1 & 2 - 8.5
English Lessons Through Literature Level 1 & 2 - 8.5" x 11"
Reading & Spelling Through Literature Primer
Reading & Spelling Through Literature Primer
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.)
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We love this product. As a stand alone, it is enjoyable purely for reading great stories together wth your child(ren). I have a child that also loves to draw; when we finish each lesson, we both sketch an illustration from the selected story from the passage that we read (which may require a Google search). I let my child pick the illustration and I will typically modify the copywork sentence to match the artwork. Beatrix Potter was a little rough at times with the British references and older English language usage, but drawing always made it come to life for us. Lessons are simple to follow, require no prep work other than having the reading passages available, and I find that all the other kids typically circle around so they can hear the stories too. :)
August 29, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Bigger is better
I bought the smaller and combined levels 1 and 2 book size and its heavy. Doesn't stay open. Ive threatened to cut it apart. This level 3 is the size of a sheet of paper. So much easier to use. I usually copy the copy work by hand in the summer into a copybook so my son doesn't have to balance the big book. At level 3 the copy work gets a bit bigger so I'm glad to just let him copy it right out himself this time. I love that level 3 adds prepared dictation and diagramming of sentences. Level 3 also comes with the answers to the diagramming which i wish were included in level 2. The poems and art appreciation included were a big selling point for me. I wanted to include these in my homeschool but didn't want another subject in our day. I like the total package.
February 25, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago


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