Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Gray

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Gray


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Grades: 8-9

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Includes Teacher Book, Student Book, and required literature.

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Category Description for LLATL Gray - Grade 8:

Topics covered include: Grammar, Vocabulary, Analogies, Word Study, Book Studies, Composition, Narrative Writing, Persuasive Writing, and Research. Diane Welch, author.  Passages from: Man Called Peter, Luke 10:30-33, "The Gift of the Magi," Little Princess, Twice Freed, Tale of Two Cities, "The Star-Spangled Banner," Matthew 5:43-45, Jane of Lantern Hill, Moby dick, "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise," Black Arrow, Pollyanna, Children of the New Forest, "The Rainy Day," Proverbs 6:6-11, White Fang, Prisoner of Zenda, Samuel 16:12-13, No Little People, "How Firm a Foundation," "Beautiful Things."

Changes to the 3rd edition include: Daddy Long Legs has replaced Across Five Aprils as a book study. In-depth analogy studies have been added.

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

"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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We love this program and choose to continue using it for our boys language art needs.
Amanda M on Oct 12, 2022
This was a great curriculum when we used it a few years ago, so we are hoping it will work great for us this year.
Hannah R on Aug 8, 2022
We love this program and choose to continue using it for our boys language art needs.
Amanda M on Oct 12, 2022
This book combines reading with other language arts disiplines
Kristen B on Aug 31, 2022
This was a great curriculum when we used it a few years ago, so we are hoping it will work great for us this year.
Hannah R on Aug 8, 2022
Required for my home school coop
Dana S on Aug 5, 2022
recommended by friend
Marlin D on Jul 22, 2022
We used the green pack for my 7th grader this year. I liked the quality of the passages and books that were included. I also like that it covers all aspects of Language Arts into one curriculum. Also, the final research paper was explained in such a helpful step-by-step way that it really made things simpler for my child and less daunting for me to assist him.
Angela K on May 25, 2022
Curriculum used for middle schooler
Bella D on Sep 15, 2021
Best fit for my advanced 7th grader. It also had a good combination of reading with grammar.
Robin H on Aug 16, 2021
My 8th grade son prefers the combined method of LLATL. He also enjoys reading good literature & this course makes choosing good literature less stressful for Mom.
Lisa W on Jul 20, 2021
Easy to use, no stress but solid for building a good foundation. I love this series and it is a joy for the teacher and student.
Kelly S on Jun 17, 2021
This material is an overall wonderful language arts program.
Darlene M on Feb 25, 2021
I have used it when my kids were younger. I wanted to change things up with my youngest and thought this would be a good solution for his learning needs.
Tamara H on Feb 8, 2021
LOVE LLATL for my younger kids, decided to give it a try with my older:)
Diana A on Nov 10, 2020
Quality books I am not afraid for my son to read
Patrice T on Oct 30, 2020
Looks like a great program.
Audrey P on Oct 29, 2020
Very well laid out and book studies are great for character development
Virginia G on Aug 26, 2020
I have used all the LLATL up to grey, ordering thourgh my charter school. This year they say it is "religious" so they wont pay for it. I do not want to change change curriculum so I am having to pay for it myself.
Kami A on Aug 11, 2020
We have used the Yellow (3rd grade) and Orange (4th grade) books this last year, and I am impressed and happy with the thoroughness of the curriculum, as well as pleased with the literature aspect. My 4th grader requested the next grade, so even my students are happy with it!
Anna B on Jul 13, 2020
We've been using LLATL for a few years and really enjoy it.
Amy W on May 27, 2020
It is a step-wise progression through the language arts information my students needs for highschool and college.
Conniejo B on May 19, 2020
This offers great books and working on critical grammar and writing skills. I love the LLATL series!
Lisa A on Apr 9, 2020
I have used this in the past with some of my children. I like that it includes spelling , grammar, writing and great books for reading.
Suzie B on Aug 31, 2019
It is good literature that I might as well have in my library and this way I don't have to go get the extra books.
Joanna S on Jul 25, 2019
recommendation from a friend
Carrie S on Jul 16, 2019
I have always used this Language Arts Program, and my children and I enjoy it.
Tiffany D on Sep 13, 2018
Have used this series for 15 years and needed the updated version
Marliese C on Sep 7, 2018
I needed an all in one literature based program that was effective and not overwhelming.
Shelley S on Jul 16, 2018
Have used it before. It's easy and fun, kids learn a lot this way without them even knowing it.
Priscilla H on Apr 29, 2018
I selected Learning Language Arts Through Literature to have an all-in-one language arts program.
Kelley B on Jan 10, 2018
A well rounded approach to literature, grammar and writing.
Kelly T on Sep 28, 2017
This is a comprehensive language arts program that is a great combination of involvement of the teacher when wanted/needed and yet much of it can be done by the student independently. The student is exposed to good literature in a time efficient way and learns such skills as spelling and grammar in the natural context of a literature passage.
Royce C on Sep 2, 2017
I have used LLATL for three years now. I love how it covers everything language arts with one book. It has the best writing exercises I have come across in my 8 years of home schooling.
Nancy S on Aug 29, 2017
We had been searching for a Language Arts Curriculum that utilized "real books" while integrating language arts. We saw a friend using this, and liked what we saw!
Laura S on Nov 27, 2016
Easy format- everything is included. I like teaching Language Arts through living books.
Apryll W on Aug 26, 2016
I've used these in the past and I've really liked this curriculum!
Maureen R on Aug 5, 2016
Easy, enjoyable program with good literature choices. Good price and good quality. I do supplement with writing and grammar though.
Paula J on Jun 5, 2016
For our 8th grade English
Pamella W on Apr 19, 2016
I was looking for something to help my son catch up and be better prepared for high school level courses. This appears to cover a lot of bases as it walks us through the concepts. I like that language arts concepts are presented in the context of literature, rather than given as obscure random facts. We've been using an online curriculum over the past year. Our learning environment has felt way too isolated and is stifling a love of learning. We're excited to get back to "real" books.
Ember K on Mar 10, 2016
This book combines reading with other language arts disiplines
Kristen B on Aug 31, 2022
Required for my home school coop
Dana S on Aug 5, 2022
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Gray Book - Learning language arts through literature
This has been a great book for my daughter and me. The lessons are divided into smallish lessons each day and each day the lesson varies. This is great for ADHD kids, as they can do it quickly and it changes each day.
June 19, 2020
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Daughter loves it
We are using the Gray book and is working out great! My daughter hasn't like language in the past and this year is one of her favorite subjects!
February 28, 2018
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