Lightning Literature & Composition Grade 1 Pack

Lightning Literature & Composition Grade 1 Pack


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Category Description for 1st Grade Lightning Literature:

Lightning Literature and Composition at the elementary level brings Five in a Row to mind. Utilizing the same "read-through-books-multiple-times-a-week" methodology in the lowest grades yet with a focus on literature appreciation as well as systematic grammar and writing instruction, the goal is both developing a love of great literature and a loving, gentle introduction to language arts. Snuggle up on the sofa, use this course as a road map, and read good books with your child. You'll accomplish the goals of this program! A Teacher Guide, a Student Workbook, and lots of classic (along with some contemporary) children's books are the components for the program.

Grade 1 literature (in order of lessons): Harold and the Purple Crayon; Madeline; Snowy Day; Caps for Sale; Chickens Aren't the Only Ones; Umbrella; Important Book; Joseph had a Little Overcoat; Napping House; Tale of Peter Rabbit; Hello, Goodbye Window; Grandfather's Journey; Doctor De Soto; Frog and Toad are Friends; How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Story of Ferdinand; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Mother Goose Rhymes; Mabela the Clever; Make Way for Ducklings; Stellaluna; Chester's Way; Story About Ping; Mouse Soup; Bill and Pete to the Rescue; Best Friends for Frances; Always Room for One More; Tikki Tikki Tembo; Millions of Cats; Curious George Flies a Kite; Babar the King; This is London; Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel; How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head; Big Orange Splot; and Wabi Sabi.

The Teacher Guide is the heart of the program and is necessary. It's here that the general flavor of the program is most obvious including its orientation toward teacher-student interaction rather than independent student work. Detailed daily instructions are written in first person to the parent/teacher. The flexibility built into the program is reiterated often with examples of how to adapt the teaching instructions for students who are sluggish or need extra challenge. Weekly schedules have a basic structure. Each day includes literature study, grammar/mechanics study, and work on the weekly composition assignment. All workbook answers are provided in the Teacher Guide

The Student Workbooks include some instructional material but are essentially consumable worktexts. Most of the grammar exercises are included here along with space to write thoughts about the reading selection (i.e. Reading Journal Pages: What this Story is About, What I Think of this Story, and My Favorite Sentence). The books are colorful and appealing.

Aesop's Fables is used throughout the year and included in some of the packages.The Grade 1 Pack includes the Teacher Guide and Student Workbook and the Aesop's Fables. The Literature Package includes all the literature selections needed for the course other than the Fables book.

Grade 1 Teacher - 306 pgs, pb; Grade 1 Student - 467 pgs, pb, three-hole punched, landscape format. Grade 1 handwriting lines are 5/8" with dotted middles.

Category Description for Lightning Literature Elementary:

Lightning Literature & Composition utilizes a “read-through-books-multiple-times-a-week” methodology in the lowest grades. It continues through the grade levels with a focus on literature appreciation as well as a loving, gentle introduction to language arts. The goal throughout the series is developing a love of great literature. Maturing to solid, literature-based grammar and writing lessons, this series is excellent on all fronts.

Literature selections are varied and inspired, including classic, contemporary, and award-winning options. Grammar instruction presents, reviews, and builds through the grade levels, incorporating diagramming after 1st grade. Students are encouraged to write a wide variety of compositions with instruction in the writing process and forms of writing always weaving in the grammar applications. But, this never gets in the way of enjoying the story. There is, in fact, an amazing amount of seamless interweaving of the literature, grammar, and composition threads.

You might be wondering about the role of phonics/reading instruction in this program. To put it simply, it's not included. There seems to be an underlying assumption that the student is reading at grade level and that phonics instruction is underway (or completed).

The basic components of the program are a user-friendly Teacher Guide, a colorful and appealing Student Workbook and lots of well-loved literature. The early grades include extra read-aloud stories/books. (i.e. Aesop's Fables in Grade 1; Winnie the Pooh and Just So Stories in Grade 2). Poetry is included (after 1st grade) drawn from the Random House Book of Poetry for Children in grades 2-3 and included in the Student Workbook in grades 4-6.

The Teacher Guide is the heart of the program even though much of the instruction comes through the Student Workbook. While there is little teacher prep that is necessary, the courses are based on teacher-student interaction and the Teacher Guide is absolutely necessary. It provides weekly overviews, daily lesson plans, and answers to workbook pages.

There are 36 weekly lessons; each with daily instruction for Monday through Thursday (Friday is a day off). Lessons in Grade 1 are each based on a well-loved children's picture book. In Grade 2, the lessons start with picture books but in the last third of the year move into chapter books which are studied over a multi-week schedule. Upper levels cover chapter books over several weeks (anywhere from 2 to 6).

Daily instruction includes three segments: literature, grammar & mechanics, and composition. Compositions are assigned weekly with daily guidance towards completion. Daily composition segments lead the student through the writing process including brainstorming, ordering, rough drafts, and final drafts. The variety of writing assignments includes creative writing, essays of all sorts (description, personal, opinion, etc.), research paper, and poems. There is a constant emphasis on remembering that the goal is to love literature and language arts with suggestions for adapting the lessons to the needs of your student. Each week ends with suggestions for extending the lesson. Handwriting instruction and practice can be incorporated into each lesson as desired/needed.

The Student Workbooks include instruction and serve as a consumable worktext. Artwork, illustrations, and graphics are all related to the week’s literature assignments. Appendices vary with the grade level books but tend to include helpful reference and resource information.

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


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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My library has many of the books. We enjoy reading and the teacher's manual and activities help children think about what they are reading. Also, the vocab activity. I wasn't seeing so many literature-based LA programs that used real books and included vocabulary work.
MONA E on Jun 16, 2022
this had good reviews
Anuradha N on Oct 18, 2021
My library has many of the books. We enjoy reading and the teacher's manual and activities help children think about what they are reading. Also, the vocab activity. I wasn't seeing so many literature-based LA programs that used real books and included vocabulary work.
MONA E on Jun 16, 2022
My daughter is doing this for school and rainbow resource center has a monopoly on this particular curriculum.
Jordan B on Oct 23, 2021
this had good reviews
Anuradha N on Oct 18, 2021
I wanted an all-in-one option for reading comprehension, writing, and grammar.
Christina G on Aug 12, 2021
The same answer as above.
neal e on May 28, 2021
Interested in seeing what this literature curriculum offers.
Timothy D on May 14, 2021
I've seen some good reviews and flip-throughs of the curriculum in YouTube and I'm excited to try it with my kids.
JENNIFER P on Apr 19, 2021
I liked the stories that were chosen as part of this curriculum.
Shakia F on Mar 22, 2021
a friend suggested this. she has been homeschooling for over 12 years
Sharon C on Sep 7, 2020
Strongly recommended by another home school mom and her son.
Stefani R on May 22, 2020
My daughter is doing this for school and rainbow resource center has a monopoly on this particular curriculum.
Jordan B on Oct 23, 2021
I wanted an all-in-one option for reading comprehension, writing, and grammar.
Christina G on Aug 12, 2021
I would like to use this program to add a literature component to my son's curriculum, but I do not want to purchase the complete program since we are using something else for grammar, reading comprehension and writing. If I purchased just the teacher's guide would that alone give me the guided discussion questions I am looking for? Thanks!
Marisa on Aug 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I highly suggest looking at the samples. With this particular curriculum you are getting and paying for way more then just discussion questions. I'm not sure it's appropriate to direct you to a particular curriculum under another's review but I suggest if what you want/are looking for is not in the sample to look at "literature guides" specifically. This is more of a full language arts curriculum.
Is the Literature packet that is sold separately necessary for this curriculum? Or is this fable book would be sufficient? Thanks
Vera on Jul 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You do need to buy the book pick, but you do need them. Each week covers one book which you can borrow from the Library. I am personally purchasing a few of the books at a time as they come up in the curriculum. That can be a bit pricey since there are 36 of them in all.
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Rated 3 out of 5
Great but not in love with the fables integration.
I like the grammar aspect of this curriculum and the story integration but the Aesops fables book is so hard for me and my children to grasp and I feel very outdated. This needs to be updated in my opinion so that we can actually understand and integrate them properly into our lessons.
March 12, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
I love the Lightning Literature & Composition Grade one. It covers a lot of material. My only trouble with it is I am having a harder time than I thought tracking down all 36 story books you need. I know there are packages that you can buy with them all but I did not want to spend that much extra money...
October 23, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A perfect 10.
This is just right for us: a great selection of books (some favorites that we love to revisit); perfect pacing of assignments; well-explained grammar points; and my 1st grader loves doing ELA. It's perfect for kids and parents who want to read books together, and engage with them in new ways.
September 24, 2020
over 2 years ago

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