English Lessons Through Literature Secular Level D: Discerning
Reviews and expands parts of speech, parts of a sentence, types of sentences, and diagramming. Covers appositives, compound and complex sentences, outlines, comparatives and superlatives, phrases and clauses. Focus is on descriptive writing with students completing projects in condensed, amplified, point of view, slant, historical, and scientific narratives. Literary analysis is introduced.
Level 4/Discerning Literature List: Book of Dragons, Black Beauty, Ozma of Oz, Reluctant Dragon (Dream Days), Heidi, Tanglewood Tales. Fables are African folk tales from West African Folk Tales (Barker) and South African Folk Tales (Honey).545 pgs, pb.
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 ELTL lesson:
- 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.