English Lessons Through Literature Secular Level C: Cultivating

English Lessons Through Literature Secular Level C: Cultivating

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ISBN: 9781545302880
Grades: 3-4

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

Cultivating 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)477 pgs, pb

Publisher Description:

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 aboutEnglish 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.

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.


Category Description for COMPLETE ENGLISH PROGRAMS:

These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.




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 on 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). 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 the secular version somewhat unique since most Charlotte Mason language arts programs have faith-based content.

The six levels available can be used for grades 1 through 8. 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 (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 in Cultivating - Flourishing. In fact, in Blossoming and up, the lesson


Now English Lessons Through Literature has a secular version (Aspiring, Blossoming, Cultivating, Discerning, Enlightening, Flourishing). The general approach and most of the content is the same; the only difference is that any faith-based content has been removed from the secular 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 versions are comparable in terms of course content and rigor. And, it makes this secular version somewhat unique since most of the Charlotte Mason language arts programs have faith-based content.

The six levels currently available can be used for grades 1 through 8. 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. 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 in Cultivating - Flourishing. In fact, in Blossoming and up, the lesson


Primary Subject
Language Arts
Grade Start
3
Grade End
4
ISBN
9781545302880
Author
Kathy Jo DeVore
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Kathy Jo DeVore
Weight
2.65 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 1.12"
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The English Lessons through Literature series combines grammar and copy work lessons within the literature you are reading. My children have enjoyed them in previous years. Books are found in the public domain and you can listen to them on audio as well.
Robyn O on Aug 5, 2018
I used level B this past year and liked how it used literature to teach grammar.
Stacy B on Jun 18, 2018
The English Lessons through Literature series combines grammar and copy work lessons within the literature you are reading. My children have enjoyed them in previous years. Books are found in the public domain and you can listen to them on audio as well.
Robyn O on Aug 5, 2018
Interested in the "Classical Mason" approach to schooling (i.e. memorization, living books, holistic education).
Elizabeth B on Jul 15, 2018
I used level B this past year and liked how it used literature to teach grammar.
Stacy B on Jun 18, 2018
Interested in the "Classical Mason" approach to schooling (i.e. memorization, living books, holistic education).
Elizabeth B on Jul 15, 2018
For English lessons through literature secular level C, what are the correct grade levels? The main book description says grades 3-5 but the workbooks say 2-4. Thank you.
User on Nov 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There is some flexibility in the grade levels of this program but Level C is generally considered to be 3rd or 4th grade level. I believe the workbooks are mismarked. I'll be referring the matter to our marketing department.
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