Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Orange

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Orange


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Grades: 4

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Includes Teacher Book, Student Book and required literature.

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Category Description for LLATL Orange - Grade 4:

Topics covered: Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Skills, Spelling Skills, Penmanship, Research, Journal Writing, Poetry, Newspaper and Creative Writing, and Higher Order Thinking Skills, Debbie Strayer, author.  Passages from: Boxcar Children, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Tale of Anabelle Hedgehog, Ben and Me, and Sign of the Beaver.

New 3rd edition offers a reorganized book along with thesaurus and editing activities added to most 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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My family have used Learning Language Arts Through Literature in the past years so we are continuing. It is engaging and direct to the point. It does not put pressure or stress on the learner.
Marion M on Aug 24, 2023
The video explained the curriculum well and I appreciate the emphasis on literature. I was looking to try something different.
JO W on May 5, 2023
My family have used Learning Language Arts Through Literature in the past years so we are continuing. It is engaging and direct to the point. It does not put pressure or stress on the learner.
Marion M on Aug 24, 2023
I love that they have everything in one place and for such a great price, as I priced buying the literature books used elsewhere and this was the better option!
Joanna B on Jul 28, 2023
The video explained the curriculum well and I appreciate the emphasis on literature. I was looking to try something different.
JO W on May 5, 2023
It just looks awesome. I love the Charlotte Mason living books/literature approach. It just makes sense when teaching language arts.
Kate W on Mar 16, 2023
I chose this because it uses real books.
Samantha D on Oct 14, 2022
We've done LLATL for 2nd and 3rd grade so far. The lessons are quick, which I like, but they cover everything.
Jenny C on Aug 9, 2021
Great Literature. Easy program for small groups.
Barbara H on Aug 7, 2021
AMANDA A on Jul 7, 2021
My girls have almost completed the Yellow book, so Orange is next! Love the pace and instruction.
Ashley L on Apr 27, 2021
A friend recommended
Rylie N on Sep 8, 2020
I started with LLATL and we love it! It works wonderfully for us and I can't imagine ever switching to another company.
Mia L on Aug 14, 2020
Recommended from Rainbow Resource consultant
Jaycie V on Jul 30, 2020
I'm looking forward to home schooling my daughter using fiction and nonfiction texts as our guide. My hope is that an in-depth study of the actual literature will buoy her understanding of all other aspects of language arts.
Jessica C on Jul 17, 2020
We've enjoyed all the Learning Language Arts books every year since my student started kindergarten with the Blue book--he has excelled at reading and writing and I appreciate having a great comprehensive program that requires little prep from me beforehand. We look forward to using this for all our language arts needs in the coming 3rd grade year!
Sarah D on Jun 13, 2020
I need something compatible to "Writing With Ease, Level 4", as my son is not ready for "Writing With Skill"
ANN S on Aug 15, 2019
I am currently using the Gray and Green packages and my children love them. The thorough program which covers diagramming and all parts of speech. Great literature selections and the book review sections expand the reading comprehension. One program does it all which saves a lot of time!
Shelley S on Jul 22, 2019
We have used this curriculum before and have found it complete and uncumbersome to use.
Elisa G on Jul 16, 2019
Chapin Academy curriculum
Sara R on Jun 25, 2019
After years of trying to build my own LA courses (mostly use First Language Lesson), I was excited to find this one and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I have high hopes for this program!
Natalie on Jun 5, 2019
We liked the Yellow books and this package is the cheapest I found online.
User on Jan 2, 2019
This is the most cost effective way to get all of the books for LLATL while saving hours of leg work looking for used copies of the novels
Cherie T on Dec 28, 2018
Recommendation in the learning by year book. In addition, this integrates most language arts aspects into one package.
Kevin D on Dec 27, 2018
It's a complete language arts program. I don't have to piece meal together for the different subjects anymore; its all in one place and includes rich literature. what more can i ask for?
MARCELA B on Oct 7, 2018
Bariah K on Aug 23, 2018
We have loved using LLATL because it's so simple to follow, with minimal planning you can teach several subjects at once.
Rachel C on Jul 11, 2018
Love to see a ELA program that focuses on literature vs boring busy work
Tiffany H on Jun 20, 2018
My child loves to read so this seemed like a natural choice.
Kori O on Oct 25, 2017
I'm looking for an all-in-one language arts program to simplify our homeschool day. This fits the bill!
Sara+E R on Oct 13, 2017
We've been using LLATL for 2 years and we love it.
margarita b on Oct 4, 2017
homeschooling for my 4th and 5th grade daughters - decided on this program after a lot of research
kim i on Sep 13, 2017
"Love the morals, study on Great books!
Joanne R on Sep 11, 2017
Looking for a new program that has ALL of the Language Arts--this looks like what I'm looking for!
Brooke H on Jun 16, 2017
I found extremely positive reviews and was excited to give it a try for my children
Khadijah D on Feb 8, 2017
This language program is a great fit for my large and growing family.
Cassie H on Feb 6, 2017
We used the red book last year and were quite happy with the amount of reading and grammer used in this text book. we supplement with a little spelling/grammer and extra writing.
Leah P on Jan 13, 2017
We have done the red and yellow books in this series and we love them. My son just finished his Yellow books, so he is now ready for these Orange books. We are very excited to start the next books in this wonderful series!
User on Dec 27, 2016
LLATL is a great language arts program and Rainbow Resource has the best price all packaged together! Thank you.
Lea C on Oct 24, 2016
Needed new Language Arts program for my daughter, something more "fun" that included some good books for her to read. Bundle price here was the best I found.
Joseph G on Sep 6, 2016
I have been using this. I like that it fills all language requirements.
Thomas D S on Sep 6, 2016
This curriculum is so easy to follow and takes little prep. The pace of learning is great, too. I love LLATL!
Sarah S on Aug 15, 2016
It's a complete curriculum so I don't have to buy anything else and the books you read for it are enjoyable and right on level.
Melanie W on Aug 9, 2016
I chose the orange program because my daughter did so well with the LLATL yellow level. I was very impressed with the program.
Amanda L on Aug 8, 2016
Have been using LLATL from the start and my children love it!
Tiffany D on Jul 27, 2016
I like how this all revolves around great books.
User on Jul 16, 2016
I have collected this series entirely second hand except for the Orange Package, so I was happy to see this one here, all together and ready for use.
Jennifer W on Jun 28, 2016
I love that they have everything in one place and for such a great price, as I priced buying the literature books used elsewhere and this was the better option!
Joanna B on Jul 28, 2023
It just looks awesome. I love the Charlotte Mason living books/literature approach. It just makes sense when teaching language arts.
Kate W on Mar 16, 2023
Is this a christian based or secular based?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: LLATL courses all have Christian content.
Is this a christian base program?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In my opinion, yes. The books used are good, clean, classic literature with Christian values and characters. However, the text itself refers to the books being used. There are no direct references to scripture that I can recall. We have enjoyed it very much. There is a review by Cathy Duffy that is more in depth. I tried to paste the link here but it was not allowed.

I hope this helps. Happy Homeschooling!
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Every page has something fun/new to learn. My son will definitely approve!
June 30, 2023
4 months ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Not my favorite
I really wanted to like this because it is so convenient that the language arts program is wrapped up in one workbook and they provide the books to read. Unfortunately it did not work for my 2 boys (or me). The reading/writing passages were not very interesting, and the work quickly began to feel monotonous. Some of the sections are also outdated and expect you to have materials on hand that many may no longer have easily available (I.e., newspapers containing advertisements, etc). I liked some portions of this (learning how to write a letter), but overall I would not recommend.
January 16, 2021
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