English Lessons Through Literature Secular Level A: Aspiring

English Lessons Through Literature Secular Level A: Aspiring

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ISBN: 9781545302729
Grades: 1-2

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English Lessons Through Literature is a complete language arts program for elementary and middle school students. Each level has a textbook and an optional workbook which can be purchased separately.

What's different about English Lessons Through Literature?

  • Short, three day per week lessons keep language arts from taking all of your time.
  • Students interact with books, not just passages from books.
  • Writing is taught through imitation.
  • Spelling is taught through prepared dictation.
  • Copywork is included from the literature, maxims, and poetry.
  • Diagramming sentences is used as an exercise to both demonstrate understanding of the material and to constantly review what has been learned.
  • Students rewrite sentences from the stories, changing the sentences through grammatical changes. This old exercise from Erasmus teaches students to say the same thing in many different ways.
  • Students write outlines and write papers from their outlines, just as Benjamin Franklin taught himself to write.

In a typical ELTLlesson:

  • Students listen or read the literature, depending upon their age.
  • A brief lesson explores a grammatical concept. Examples are taken from the literature.
  • In levels 3 and up, there's a short writing exercise. The student might analyze words from the new narration story, change a sentence from the story, or imitate a descriptive paragraph.
  • Students listen or read the poem and a short story; the stories come from various world traditions.
  • The lesson ends with a short exercise and copywork. The exercise sentences are also from the literature.
  • Once per week, there is either a written narration or a picture study.

About the Levels

Here is a brief description of each level. The list has a recommended grade range for each book; we follow a "better late than early" philosophy in our household, so we stay at the upper end of the grade range and start Level A in 2nd grade.


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 English Lessons Through Literature:

"Through literature" is the operative phrase in this series. It is 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).

English Lessons Through Literature is in its second version. The original (Levels 1-5) is now out of print, and has been replaced by a secular version (Aspiring, Blossoming, Cultivating, Discerning, Enlightening, Flourishing, and Growing). The general approach and most of the content is the same; the only difference is that any faith-based content has been removed in the second version. This means that some exercises/activities have been tweaked and a few changes have been made in the Literature selections. But, all-in-all, the two are comparable in terms of course content and rigor. And, it makes this new secular version somewhat unique since most Charlotte Mason language arts programs have faith-based content.


Category Description for COMPLETE PROGRAMS - LANGUAGE ARTS:

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
1
Grade End
2
ISBN
9781545302729
Author
Kathy Jo DeVore
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Kathy Jo DeVore
Weight
1.55 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.62"
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My two oldest have not done much fables and poetry so this looks like the ideal solution as they will cover both a fable and a poem in each chapter as well as teach grammar along the way.
Besim on Aug 31, 2021
I have used reading lessons through literature with two kids and have had great success with it.
Kayla K on Jul 11, 2019
My two oldest have not done much fables and poetry so this looks like the ideal solution as they will cover both a fable and a poem in each chapter as well as teach grammar along the way.
Besim on Aug 31, 2021
This looks like a great complement to the curriculum we already use for language arts (Primary Arts of Language Reading and Writing and All About Spelling). It seems to cover more composition and grammar aspects, and I like that it's centered on literature.
Trevor W on May 26, 2021
I have used reading lessons through literature with two kids and have had great success with it.
Kayla K on Jul 11, 2019
I was looking for an all-in-one, open-and-go Charlotte Mason-style LA program, with a digestible amount of classical rigor. ELTL is probably not a good choice for parents who do not want to use fantasy genre literature, or who want to get through more books in one year. For me, the book choices were nearly all my favorite books from childhood and the pacing is far less overwhelming than the literature based program we had before.
Jennifer G on Jun 29, 2019
This looks like a great complement to the curriculum we already use for language arts (Primary Arts of Language Reading and Writing and All About Spelling). It seems to cover more composition and grammar aspects, and I like that it's centered on literature.
Trevor W on May 26, 2021
I was looking for an all-in-one, open-and-go Charlotte Mason-style LA program, with a digestible amount of classical rigor. ELTL is probably not a good choice for parents who do not want to use fantasy genre literature, or who want to get through more books in one year. For me, the book choices were nearly all my favorite books from childhood and the pacing is far less overwhelming than the literature based program we had before.
Jennifer G on Jun 29, 2019
Which read aloud books are needed for this course? Specifically which Beatrix Potter tales and Boxcar children stories?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is the entire list of books you will need:

Beatrix Potter Stories ("The twenty BP stories do not follow the order of any particular published edition of her work.")
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Pinocchio by C. Collodi
The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang ("10 stories")
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The Box-Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The King of the Folden River by John Ruskin

As far as the BP stories, it looks like these are the ones she uses: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tale of Glouchester, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Tiggy-winkle, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of Mr. Tod, The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse, The Tale of Johnny Town-mouse, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, The Tale of Flopsy Bunnies, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, The Story of Miss Moppet, The Tale of Tom Kitten, The Tale of Pigling Bland, The Tale of Tommy Tiptoes, The Roly Poly Pudding, The Pie and the Patty-pan, Ginger and Pickles, The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit.

I believe the Box-Car Children is the original/first and you'd read the whole thing.

Hope this helps!
Is there a way to see a sample?
A shopper on Apr 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If they don’t have it here on RainbowResouce, then you can look up this item on its publishing page (lulu). There is a downloadable sample for the book there. The author also had a few free extras you could download for the series as well.
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This book has a fable in chapter 36, that says "They will come and try to make love to me" That is completely inappropriate for the audience . It is secular, I read on one site that it is more neutral than secular but it is super secular, so beware. It barely gives any instruction, charlotte mason to the maximum verging on lazy.
March 22, 2021


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