Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Green

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Green


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Grades: 7-8

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Includes Teacher Book, Student Book and required literature.

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Category Description for LLATL Green - Grade 7:

Topically covers Grammar, Diagramming, Vocabulary, Reading Skills, Spelling Skills, Penmanship, Short Story, Poetry, and Research Writing units plus Higher Order Thinking Skills. Diane Welch & Susan Simpson, authors.  Passages from: Black Beauty, Borrowers, Devil in Print, Around the World in Eighty Days, Eight Cousins, Psalm 1, and Story of the Treasure Seekers.

Changes to the 3rd edition include: The Mysterious Benedict Society has replaced Adam and His Kin book study; several lessons have been replaced and reading comprehension and writing activities have been added to many lessons.

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Teaching language arts often seems messy and disorganized. The appeal of an integrated program is almost irresistible. Instead of a book for reading, one for grammar, one for spelling, one for vocabulary, one for handwriting, one for composition, and one for thinking skills, why not wrap all of these studies around quality literature? This is exactly the approach suggested by the veteran educator Ruth Beechick. Starting with her sample lessons, the authors of the Learning Language Arts Through Literature series, Diane Welch and Susan Simpson, developed more lessons of their own and eventually collaborated with Dr. Beechick in the preparation of this series. Now after some twenty-five years of publication and a second significant revision, the 3rd edition series continues to be an easy-to-use favorite among homeschoolers. Countless students have proven that written language is best learned by reading fine literature and by working with good writing models.

In addition to the new 3rd edition covers and clearer day-by-day instruction, there are updates throughout the series to reflect changes in how research is conducted. Also, there is clearer direction for making personalized spelling lists. Some lessons have been "switched-out" to give students exposure to more classic literature. Since the original series was written over several years by two different authors, this 3rd edition has been tweaked to make it more consistent. A few out-of-print books have been replaced as well. Some specific changes include: Yellow - ten lessons replaced. Orange - thesaurus and editing activities have been added to most lessons and the book has been reorganized. Purple - reorganized with added vocabulary and spelling activities. Tan - reorganized with three lessons replaced. Green - The Mysterious Benedict Society has replaced Adam and His Kin book study; several lessons replaced and reading comprehension and writing activities have been added to many lessons. Gray - Daddy Long Legs has replaced Across Five Aprils as a book study. In-depth analogy studies have been added.

At the heart of this approach are lessons based on excerpts from great literary works. Each week a passage is introduced to the student. At the younger levels, the student copies the passage after hearing it read. At higher levels, the student writes the passage as it is dictated sentence by sentence. The rest of the week is spent on instruction based on the passage. As an example, Lesson 10 from the Tan (6th grade) book starts with a paragraph from The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong. On the first day, the student is expected to write the passage from dictation after taking note of the usage of quotation marks. Words missed in writing the dictation are incorporated into a spelling lesson which also includes coverage of words spelling the long /i/ sound with igh as in light. Next is a study on homonyms centered around the usage of "hole" in the passage and how the meaning would be changed if "whole" were used. Other homonyms are also studied and then the student is asked to write a sentence using a homonym pair. The second days lesson starts with an examination of point of view from which a story is told. The student examines this passage as well as other stories to look for various points of view and then is asked to rewrite the passage from a different point of view. Lesson work on the third day is on an example of independent clauses linked by semicolons included in the passage; it then progresses to a general discussion of independent clauses versus phrases. Again the student is asked to rewrite the passage making changes in the sentence structure. Also included in this days lesson is a study on the emotions in a story and how good writers use descriptions to draw the reader into the action and to create a mood. The lesson concludes with a short writing assignment (paragraph) and a review of spelling words. Day four is a study of plot utilizing a helpful plot line graphic organizer and including another short writing assignment. The weeks lesson is concluded on day five by choosing one of several activities including writing a short story containing the five plot elements. Each weeks lesson is followed by a page of Review Activities. The teacher can choose any or all of the review activities.

There are full-length book studies (usually four) included with each course. For example, The Bronze Bow is studied in the Tan Book. Starting with an introduction and summary (found only in the Teacher Book), the study continues with a vocabulary worksheet and discussion questions. A list of eight activities concludes the study with the student being instructed to choose one or two. Some of these studies incorporate activities from other disciplines such as the mapping exercise from the Carry On, Mr. Bowditch study found earlier in the Tan Book. Occasionally, there are special instruction segments like the How to Research section in the Tan Book.

There are 36 week-long lessons in each course each of which is an in-depth book study or a passage-based lessons. The passage-based lessons are drawn from a wide variety of literature. To give you some idea of the breadth of these literature selections, here is the list from the Tan Book: Bambi, The Eagle, Little House in the Big Woods, The Story of a Bad Boy, Prince Caspian, The Bronze Bow, King of the Wind, The Wheel on the School, Jest Fore Christmas, Swiss Family Robinson, Swallows and Amazons, Big Red, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe, Wind in the Willows, Caddie Woodlawn, The Gettysburg Address, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Railway Children, Psalm 136:1-5, The Horse and His Boy, The House at Pooh Corner, Anne of Green Gables, The Crow and the Pitcher, Little Women, Invincible Louisa, and Matthew 5:13-16. Assessments are included periodically.

These courses are very user-friendly. Obviously, a portion of every lesson includes teacher-student interaction but teacher preparation is minimal and students are often given assignments to work on independently. The Teacher Book provides all necessary background and instructional information; laid out step-by-step for the teacher. These contain all the content from the Student Books in 2/3 page width columns placed side-by-side in the center of the book (two-page spread). These inside columns sometimes contain information not found in the Student Book such as the introduction and background information for the book studies. The outside 1/3 page contain teachers notes as well as all the answers.

The Student Book is consumable and contains some instruction and background information directed to the student as well as generous space to write assignments. These books also contain Enrichment Activities that are found only in the student book although the answers are in the back of the non-consumable Teachers Book.

Although there is a great deal of overlap between the teacher and student book, there are enough differences that both are necessary. You will need to have access to several reference books - dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedias - but you easily use the library or internet for those. In addition to the book study selections (often available from the library but which we sell for your convenience), you will need only general school supplies - pencils, paper, colored pencils, drawing paper, notebook, file folders, and construction paper.

The books are designated by colors but correlate with skills taught at specific grade levels. Since some parents are unsure of where to begin their child in the series, we have placement tests for each course from Common Sense Press available on our website. A biblical and Christian worldview is evident in all courses.

E-book versions of the Program Teacher Books and the Student Books are now available. All content from the hardcopy products are available as pdf files for download. In 1-2 business days after order is processed, the customer will be sent an email with information on how to access the files, and will then have 14 days to download the material. Once downloaded, they never expire from the customer’s computer and can be read and printed from any device.~ Janice

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"Its just common sense!" Yes, everything about this program is common sense. A very complete program organized around quality children's literature and covering phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting, and higher-order reasoning. Phonics instruction is systematic, introducing a few sounds at a time and providing opportunities to read a "real" (small story book) book which uses those sounds. The literature component (carefully selected children's favorites) reminds students that the reason for all the hard work in phonics is the joy of reading wonderful books. And woven through both of these elements is comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts. Relying heavily on Ruth Beechick's principles for teaching reading (including her letter dice activities), the program includes a wide variety of activities appealing to all learning styles.

The current 3rd edition features updated covers and clearer day-by-day instruction; there are also updates throughout the series to reflect changes in how research is conducted. Also, there is clearer direction for making personalized spelling lists. Some lessons have been "switched-out" to give students exposure to more classic literature. Since the original series was written over several years by two different authors, this 3rd edition has been tweaked to make it more consistent. A few out-of-print books have been replaced as well.

The Teacher Book is a homeschooler's dream; all the work has been done for you, taking you step-by-step through the 36-week/36 Lesson program. The Lessons are grouped into "Parts" and each is divided into five days of detailed instructions. New skills are listed for each lesson and necessary supplies are included at the beginning. There is virtually no teacher preparation needed; you teach as you read. All answers are provided within the lesson. Examples and diagrams are user-friendly including the easy-to-follow references to the Student Book. Periodic assessments are provided to help you determine your childs readiness for the next "Part." The Student Book contains the materials (except for household and school supplies) needed for cut-and-paste, word wheels, flip books, picture sequencing, story-telling puppets, and handwriting pages. The comfortable, natural handwriting method that isnt exactly traditional, modern, or italic was developed by the authors. This handwriting instruction is coordinated with the phonics and includes pages for children to carefully complete and display or give as gifts. The Student Book is consumable with perforated pages. Even the back cover is put to good use providing the miniature book covers to be added to the personal reading chart that marks the childs progress. Phonics concepts are reinforced in separate beginning Readers. They are small-sized for little hands and include black-and-white illustrations. Stories are engaging which is a good thing since the weeks learning activities are built around them. The student uses puppets to retell the stories, completes sequencing activities with a series of reader-related events, and answers comprehension questions. One interesting aspect of the teacher-student interaction concerning these readers is that the weeks lesson starts off with the teacher reading either the small book (Blue) or a part of a reader (Red) to the child. After several lessons thoroughly covering the new phonics concepts and practice reading parts of the story, the student concludes the week with the successful reading of the same reading selection. This is an effective variation of the typical approach because the goal of reading the book is always before the student. The Materials Packet (Blue Program only) is a useful collection of color-coded letter and word cards for learning and review along with cards used for reinforcement games and, of course, the letter dice (to be assembled from cardstock patterns). While this part of the program is not exactly consumable - you could use the various components again - the components do get a workout. If you are expecting to use the program with another child, you'll want to save these items, possibly laminating them. However, we sell additional Material Packets as well as Student Books and Reader Sets so you can easily use the program with a second student. Well-known children's literature (Read-Aloud Library) is suggested each week, so at the same time your child is learning phonics, he is also learning other important reading skills such as literal recall, comprehension, predicting outcome, and drawing conclusions. These books are an integral part of the program and the Student Activity Book relies on them. Although usually available at the local library, for your convenience we also sell them. ~ 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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easy to find and order with good price
Laurel S on Jul 25, 2023
Material being used by homeschool co op
Jessica H on Jul 13, 2023
easy to find and order with good price
Laurel S on Jul 25, 2023
coop chose
Denise C on Jul 18, 2023
Material being used by homeschool co op
Jessica H on Jul 13, 2023
Been using LLATL since the beginning.
Mia L on Mar 7, 2023
It was recommended to my by several of my friends and it is all inclusive.
Mary C on Sep 6, 2022
I wanted to LA curriculum that incorporated spelling, writing, vocabulary, diagraming, etc.
Jennifer P on Aug 21, 2022
I had bought some of these books in a homeschool swap and loved it, so easy ,open and go and thorough.
Miriam G on Jul 22, 2022
Was selected for our history curriculum by our co-op. Excited to give it a go!
Cynthia S on Jul 16, 2022
I like the comprehensive nature of this curriculum and that it incorporates reading classic novels in entirety, as well as excerpts from others. This package includes the full novels with it, making it a great deal!
Susanne H on May 12, 2022
I bought for my son. I wanted something all inclusive.
PEREZ P on Aug 18, 2021
I decided to try this Language arts program for my 7th grader because I believe it would be a good fit for her.
Jenifer V on Aug 15, 2021
I looked at my friend’s copy. I like that it is a comprehensive language arts curriculum.
Rhoda K on Jun 2, 2021
I love that it is a Christian curriculum and the lessons are laid out clearly. Also that there are books to read to go along with it.
Jamie G on May 22, 2021
We were looking for a different language arts program and on a whim, borrowed the LLATL green book through our co-op. We liked what we saw, so we decided to purchase the set. We chose to purchase it through Rainbow Resource because they have always provided us with excellent service and their prices are always great.
heather g on May 7, 2021
I have used this curriculum with all my (7) children and love the all in one approach of teaching language arts. It feels like Charlotte Mason style, but the planning has been done for the teacher. Looking forward to the updated edition.
Karla D on Apr 30, 2021
The most important thing a student can learn is to develop a love of reading. I feel like this curriculum is a perfect place to start.
Eliza M on Jan 3, 2021
I am a frequent visitor of Cathy Duffy's website and read her take on this curriculum. I also visited the LLATL website. I liked the samples I saw for each grade level and think that this curriculum would be a great benefit for my children.
Shanna T on Dec 3, 2020
Looking for an all-in-one Language Arts curriculum for my seventh grader and I heard this is the series to use. Love the fact Rainbow Resource is one stop shopping for all the materials I'll need for the year.
Denise H on Aug 7, 2020
I love this series. We have used it several years and it is a great way to get all the kids need easily and quickly each day.
Mari H on Jul 28, 2020
We tried this curriculum some during 6th grade and found that it was well-rounded and taught grammar and other language arts concepts in the context of great literature so we are making it our language arts curriculum for 7th grade.
Roberta S on Jul 13, 2020
I purchased the complete package because our library doesn't have all of the required books and it came out cheaper to purchase the set than to buy the books separately.
Christy R on Jun 8, 2020
I used this program with my oldest son and loved it and now want to get my daughter on track with her language arts studies and remembered this program and how much we enjoyed using it years ago.
Sarah K on May 27, 2020
Most comprehensive looking Language Arts program.
Rachel H on May 26, 2020
My middle school son needs this set to move through and support his skills. I like how this program works and makes sense.
Trisha W on Apr 13, 2020
Complete language arts curriculum and layout very nicely!
Marla on Jan 10, 2020
Grade level my child is at
Karin T on Sep 24, 2019
It was time for a change. Our general approach is very literature-based. This seems like a perfect fit.
Tina S on Sep 5, 2019
I love how comprehensive this curriculum is and that it is organized by week and day. It helps keep me and my kids on track without a lot of planning in advance. My kids also really love the book study lessons.
Sarah S on Aug 19, 2019
because it has everything in one price and cheapest price
Jennifer N on Jul 28, 2019
I have used Learning Language Arts Through Literature before and it works well for our family.
Jennifer H on Sep 12, 2018
All in one and price
Jamie A J on Aug 15, 2018
We love the curriculum and it's ease of teaching
Charles W on May 25, 2018
We used the LLATL Complete Package Brown for 6th grade. This curriculum worked well for my son and was easy for me to use. Continuing with this program makes sense for us.
Emily P on Sep 20, 2017
My current curriculum is short on literature, and my student misses prints textbooks (over digital curriculum.) Based on Cathy Duffy and family reviews, I'm hopeful LLATL will be a better fit.
Nicole W C on Sep 9, 2017
Lowest Price
Kari S on Apr 11, 2017
I am a 1st time home school mom this curriculum was highly recommended
Connie F on Oct 22, 2016
Also, excellent program per research.
Elizabeth T on Oct 9, 2016
I feel like it was a good fit for my kids. Complete and user friendly.
Mia H on Sep 5, 2016
I used the Tan package last year and it was fantastic. Rainbow Resource Center has the best price on the entire package.
Nancy S on Aug 28, 2016
I want to combine Literature with Language Arts for my 7th grader, who really doesn't like Language Arts. Also, I know a few families who use this curriculum and they like it.
Monica V on Aug 24, 2016
Convenience - all in one LA program and recommendation from friend.
emma r on Aug 18, 2016
Easy, yet comprehensive.
Suzanne S on Aug 17, 2016
I like that it incorporates the literature with learning mechanics and grammar. It is an all inclusive program.
Kathleen V on Aug 11, 2016
I've used this program in the past and really liked it. I've tried all-in-one programs and find it better and easier to have a separate language arts like this.
Marquita H on Jan 9, 2016
It is an excellent curriculum
Amanda A on Nov 3, 2015
coop chose
Denise C on Jul 18, 2023
Been using LLATL since the beginning.
Mia L on Mar 7, 2023
I am hoping someone can give me some advice. I have a 6th and 8th grader this year. My 8th grader has some gaps in his LA coming out of the public school. Do you think it would appropriate to combine both of them using the TAN book (which is 6th grade) or do you feel that will be too easy for him? I do think that the book study choices are appropriate for both ages at this level. Thanks so much!
Shelby on Jul 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I think that would be appropriate. The 7th grade option would also be a good choice. LLATL is excellent—we have completed purple and green and are currently using tan and gray. I believe there is a placement test on their website, if that would be helpful.
Why does this include "Adam and His Kin" when the new series replaces this book ("Mysterious Benedict Society")?
A shopper on Apr 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Looks like they stuck stock photos together. They might not even be aware of the change in the 3rd edition. If you haven't already done so, I suggest you email them directly about this.
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Wonderful set!
October 8, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Language Arts through Literature
Being a public School teacher and now years of homeschooling my children, This í an excellent and unique curriculum choice !! for all grade levels, this has it all in one book writing penmanship, literature, poetry, spelling, oral presentations, review, and assessments.. Everything is laid out day by day 1 through 5. Very solid program it will give your student a solid foundation in all areas!!!
January 19, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic Literature Based Program
This program is all-encompassing for literature, English, grammar, spelling and reading. It has introduced classic authors to our children that may not have been considered in the past. LLATL has fun enrichment activities such as word searches and crosswords, and our child greatly enjoys that. The program is set up to be easy to use as the teacher as well as the student-it is all laid out as to what is covered each day. This is an interactive program between student and teacher-you will be doing dictation, spelling, etc. We have found it to be fun as we are a family that enjoys reading. As a teacher, I appreciate how multi-faceted the program is.
October 9, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love, love LOVE it!!
I purchased this after many years of using other things and reading not-so-good reviews, and I am thrilled to say that I LOVE it! So much that I will be purchasing another level for a third child. It is complete, keeps the child engaged, laid out well, and easy to implement.
September 22, 2018
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