Lightning Lit & Comp Seventh Grade Pack

Lightning Lit & Comp Seventh Grade Pack

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Grades: 7

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There are required literature resources to use with each course. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer the Grade 7 Pack that include the necessary books plus the student and teacher books.

Grade 7 literature selections include: All Creatures Great & Small, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, Helen Keller: The Story of My Life, and Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages.


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Category Description for 7th Grade Lightning Literature:

In each course, there are 36 weekly lessons grouped into chapters. There are eight chapters in Grade 7; one for each of the major pieces of literature that are studied throughout the year plus some on short stories and one on poetry, but the chapters do not necessarily correspond to a specific time period. For instance, in the 7th grade course, Chapter 5 is covered in two weeks, Chapter 6 in four weeks, Chapter 7 in two weeks, and Chapter 8 in nine weeks. There is a consistent pattern in the chapter contents, however: Introduction (to the literary work), While You Read (what to look for), Vocabulary List, Comprehension Questions, Literary Lesson, Mini-Lesson (writing lesson), and Writing Exercises.

There are 8-12 exercises per chapter, in seven different coded types - L for literary lessons, M relating to mini-lessons, C practicing composition skills, T for thinking skill pages, G exercises that review grammar and mechanics, P for puzzles, and E for extra-challenge (the last two being the optional ones). There's a nice variety in these exercises and a well-thought-out relationship between the literary and composition activities. Frankly, I like the step-by-step skill building that is integral to the course.

The Student Book includes instructional text, shorter works (i.e. poetry, excerpts), author background, discussion questions (comprehension, thought, literary), and writing exercises. The Student Worktext provides workpages practice the skills and concepts learned in the lessons, along with composition skills (writing from note cards, rewriting in your own words, etc.), thinking skills (e.g., differentiating fact from opinion, identifying bias), and grammar review (e.g., capitalization, pronouns and antecedents). There are also optional puzzles and extra "Challenge" workbook pages. The Teacher Guide provides answers, schedules, teaching/grading tips, rubrics, project suggestions/checklists, and grade-tracking records.

There are required literature resources to use with each course. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer the Grade 7 Pack that include the necessary books plus the student and teacher books.

Grade 7 literature selections include: All Creatures Great & Small, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, Helen Keller: The Story of My Life, and Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages.


Category Description for Lightning Literature Middle School:

Lightning Literature's author, Elizabeth Klamath, wants students to enjoy reading. To some, the reading selection choices might seem a little light, and perhaps atypical, but there is good variety in terms of genre, and the lessons are effective vehicles for grade-level skills with thorough coverage of vocabulary, comprehension, literary elements, and writing instruction along with grammar, usage, and mechanics. To give you an idea, in Chapter 6 of the 7th grade course, Helen Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, is covered. Lessons, in addition to the usual background, vocabulary, and comprehension, include these writing skills: lists about yourself, developing an idea, putting ideas into a paragraph, identifying resources, determining fact or opinion, identifying a biased viewpoint, and identifying sentences plus a crossword puzzle, a word search and an extra challenge exercise on autobiography and culture.

In each course, there are 36 weekly lessons grouped into chapters. There are eight chapters in Grade 7 and twelve in Grade 8, one for each of the major pieces of literature that are studied throughout the year, but the chapters do not necessarily correspond to a specific time period. For instance, in the 7th grade course, Chapter 5 is covered in two weeks, Chapter 6 in four weeks, Chapter 7 in two weeks, and Chapter 8 in nine weeks. There is a consistent pattern in the chapter contents, however: Introduction (to the literary work), While You Read (what to look for), Vocabulary List, Comprehension Questions, Literary Lesson, Mini-Lesson (writing lesson), and Writing Exercises.

There are 8-12 exercises per chapter, in seven different coded types - L for literary lessons, M relating to mini-lessons, C practicing composition skills, T for thinking skill pages, G exercises that review grammar and mechanics, P for puzzles, and E for extra-challenge (the last two being the optional ones). There's a nice variety in these exercises and a well-thought-out relationship between the literary and composition activities. Frankly, I like the step-by-step skill building that is integral to the course.

The Student Book includes instructional text, shorter works (i.e. poetry, excerpts), author background, discussion questions (comprehension, thought, literary), and writing exercises. The Teacher Guide provides answers, schedules, teaching/grading tips, rubrics, project suggestions/checklists, and grade-tracking records.

There are required literature resources to use with each course. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer Literature Packages for each guide that include the necessary books.

If your goal is to prepare your student for high school literature and composition skills, then Lightning Lit & Comp is a good, solid choice. Although there is a conservative moral "feel" to the series and an occasional mention of God (by authors Stephen Crane and Mark Twain, for instance), there is no obvious Christian content. ~ Janice


Category Description for Lightning Literature & Composition:

"Reading should be fun, and writing should be satisfying." The author of this series believes this, and she has produced courses that try to keep that goal ever present. She WANTS students to enjoy themselves! Accordingly, reading assignments are comfortable - two novels, two non-fiction books, two short stories and several poems for the 7th grade course, for instance. Lessons are well-constructed and the excellent and thorough coverage includes vocabulary, comprehension, literary elements, composition, grammar, and mechanics.

The three components of this program are designed to be complementary and to be used together. The Student Workbook is the student's textual companion as they study the literature selections. This consumable book is the place for the student to "do" their work. It provides worktext space for all the essential exercises as well as some optional fun/reinforcement exercises.

The Teacher Guide is the "glue" that holds the whole program together providing a philosophical and methodical overview of the program and a weekly planning schedule (lesson plans) as well as chapter-by-chapter answers and teaching helps.

The last component is the excellent Literature Selections that are the heart of the program. Classics, familiar, non-familiar, poetry, and, occasionally, surprising choices all find their way onto the book lists for each grade level. While you may be able to locate some or all of the books at a library, we also offer Literature Packages for each guide that include the necessary books. You and your student are encouraged to read, enjoy, and profit from the year's literature studies. ~ Janice


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.


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This was the required reading for online G3 course.Also, came highly recommended for gifted students
Lexia C on Jul 4, 2019
I like the reading selection in this packet. Good classics
casey a on Aug 29, 2018
This was the required reading for online G3 course.Also, came highly recommended for gifted students
Lexia C on Jul 4, 2019
Positive Reviews on Homeschool site
David D on Aug 30, 2018
I like the reading selection in this packet. Good classics
casey a on Aug 29, 2018
After reviewing several literature curriculums, I chose Lightning because its reading list is compatible with my family values and it seems more comprehensive than other programs by including writing and vocabulary, and I love the idea of a teacher's guide.
Anne L on Aug 27, 2018
recommendation
Rebecca Q on Aug 20, 2018
Great store
maria b on Aug 13, 2018
Great reviews. Looks like a solid literature program for 7th graders.
Mark S on Aug 1, 2018
This is an excellent literature program. It took my youngest son from disjointed paragraphs with no real meat to an organized piece well written piece. It also broke the barrier between book and literary language. I am looking forward to using this again with my daughter.
Laurel J on Sep 16, 2017
For a co-op class that my son is taking. Good, solid literature as well.
Rebecca P on Aug 24, 2017
they were on the list for my childs homeschool co-op
carol v on Aug 13, 2017
It focuses on writing, and my daughter would like to be a writer so I thought this would be a great way to start learning...
Amy G. on Aug 11, 2016
Required for class.
EMILY D on Jul 20, 2016
Required for School.
Gregory M on Jul 17, 2016
I wanted something new for Lit class and all planned out for me. I like to just pull out the materials and start school. So easy!
Kelly W on Jul 9, 2016
This is a slower paced, but not dumbed down literature curriculum for 7th graders.
Amy M on Jul 5, 2016
home school co-oop
Amy D on May 16, 2016
I like the transition to reading some longer works and also having writing assignments that incorporate literature analysis. The reading selections are also very nice classics. Hope it works out well!
Marie T on Apr 9, 2016
Positive Reviews on Homeschool site
David D on Aug 30, 2018
After reviewing several literature curriculums, I chose Lightning because its reading list is compatible with my family values and it seems more comprehensive than other programs by including writing and vocabulary, and I love the idea of a teacher's guide.
Anne L on Aug 27, 2018
Does this course teach the mechanics of writing? Or is it just a literature course with writing assignments?
A shopper on Feb 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a literature course with writing assignments but the assignments are meeting the chapter lessons (outlines, character sketch, plot lines, openings, poetry writing, taking notes, and so on). The workbook takes the student through writing drills geared to the lesson culminating in a writing assignment to try their hand at what was learned. This is not a basic writing course that teaches sentence structure, punctuation, or grammar. It does help fine tune writing skills. My son went from writing disjointed papers to well organized and pleasing to read papers.
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Good Concept but not Through
The concept of LL is wonderful however, aside from the comprehension questions the workbook activities rarely tie into and analyze the actual book being read. I really wanted a curriculum that analyzed the actual literature being read and tied the writing activities into this. After through evaluation I decided to send it back and go with another curriculum that was focused on what I am looking for.
April 24, 2020
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4 months ago
Wonderful Literature Study
This is our first year to do Lightning Lit and I am so impressed with the thoughtful choice of books and lessons. We will definitely be using the next level
January 28, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Lots of back and forth
Back and forth between stories and work involves skipping a head and then returning back to finish. Very confusing for some children who struggle with reading comprehension.
September 30, 2018
Solid Literature and Comp Program
I found this browsing thru the online catalog. The 5 books that are covered are good solid classics for my 7th grader. The teachers workbook is laid out very well and is thorough. My daughter likes the workbook excercises and she can easily follow along independently. Very happy with this curriculum.
September 4, 2017


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