Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Yellow

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Yellow


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Grades: 3

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Includes Teacher Book, Student Book, and required literature.

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Category Description for LLATL Yellow - Grade 3:

Topics included: Grammar, Reading Skills, Spelling Skills, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Creative Writing, Journal Entry, and Cursive Handwriting. Debbie Strayer and Susan Simpson, authors. Passages from: Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Other Kitten, "Whistles," "Rain in the Night," Jungle Book, Alices Adventures in Wonderland, "The Creation," Tale of Jeremy Vole, "Encyclopedia Brown and the Forgetful Sheriff," Pledge of Allegiance, "Saint George and the Dragon," and Mother Goose.

Ten lessons have been replaced in the 3rd edition.

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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I needed a full complete literature program that had everything, spelling, vocabulary, all in one and this has it, without a bunch of individual workbooks and it all over the place. I have homeschooled for 4 years and have been looking for just this!
Lauren M on Aug 23, 2022
Best language arts cirr. there is!
Adrienne P on Apr 6, 2022
I needed a full complete literature program that had everything, spelling, vocabulary, all in one and this has it, without a bunch of individual workbooks and it all over the place. I have homeschooled for 4 years and have been looking for just this!
Lauren M on Aug 23, 2022
I think it will be a great fit for my 8 year old!
Rachael M on Jun 17, 2022
Best language arts cirr. there is!
Adrienne P on Apr 6, 2022
I have used this curriculum in the past for my older children. i like that everything from grammar, spelling, reading and much more are included. I do have to say that it seems to be a little above the level that is indicated. For example Level 4 includes reading material for grade 5-7.
Suzie B on Sep 6, 2021
We have seen they do a good job reading and retaining information and this package matches that learning style. We did all About Reading first and completed all those levels so this is the next set of learning materials.
Denver M on Jul 2, 2021
Recommendation from a friend
Keenan B on Jun 23, 2021
I'm interested in using a language arts program that is all inclusive and doesn't require separate parts for grammar, spelling, and basic language arts.
Jenicka E on May 17, 2021
This is an extremely parent friendly course and it is comprehensive.
Makala S on Apr 13, 2021
I wanted a literature based complete language arts program
Rebecca C on Jan 15, 2021
The most important skill a good student needs to learn, is the love of literature. This curriculum feels like the right 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
Fantastic, User Friendly Language Arts Curriculum with Engaging Beautiful Literature!
Barbara H on Jul 30, 2020
I need this package to support two students in this level. Getting the package makes sense and then just adding what I need for the other one.
Trisha W on Apr 13, 2020
Complete language arts curriculum and layout very nicely!
Marla on Jan 10, 2020
The tutor suggest it.
Linda L on Oct 4, 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
heard good reviews about it on Cathy Duffy's website
Yassir A on Jul 29, 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
I think having Language arts integrated in one book (plus readers) will be simpler and save time.Also, my son is excited about reading these books! And I like that it has copywork and a Charlotte Mason method.
Bobbi Sue E on Jul 14, 2019
I have used both the Blue book and Red book from this program in previous years to get my firstborn started on reading--we both love it!
Sarah D on Jun 20, 2019
We are finishing up the Red Book, and I've decided to continue with the Yellow Book. After searching many literature, grammar, language arts, etc curriculums, I found Learning Language Arts Through Literature to have the most variety. My son would still rather do anything else in the world, but at least he doesn't have to endure the redundancy of many of the other curriculums I looked at.
Karen L on Nov 9, 2018
Two of my daughters, 8 & 9 placed in this level after taking the assessment. I love how comprehensive it is and that it includes literature.
Sooner R on Sep 11, 2018
This curriculum came highly recommended from several friends. As this is my first year to homeschool, we are going to give this one a try and see how it goes. I like the 4 books for this package and I remember reading them as a child, so that has me excited to share that with my daughter.
Sara P on Aug 29, 2018
Bariah K on Aug 23, 2018
I like the inclusive method of learning the Language skills by seeing how they are used in literature
Elisa G on Aug 7, 2018
Older child has used the orange book before and we liked it.
April S on Jan 12, 2018
I read good reviews on this curriculum.
Lisa M on Jan 3, 2018
Recommended by family
Jennifer M on Nov 1, 2017
Well laid out
Susan L B on Sep 29, 2017
Love the morals, study on Great books!
Joanne R on Sep 11, 2017
Cathy Duffy and other homeschool family reviews swayed me to give this a try. I'm hopeful this all-in-one curriculum for Language Arts will be more child-friendly for my younger students.
Nicole W C on Sep 9, 2017
good reviews and need an all inclusive language arts program
Rebecca B on Aug 29, 2017
realized that LLATL red book was way below my almost 7 year old's reading level. like way below.
Sarah S on Apr 10, 2017
I have been very impressed by Learning through Language Arts the Red Package, I really wanted to continue using it another year.
Sara R on Mar 6, 2017
I am looking for an inclusive program that covers everything reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and I can just add math. I am hoping this keeps his interest.
Sarah N on Nov 30, 2016
I use this curriculum for homeschooling. I was very pleased with the Red Book (2nd grade) and am happy to continue using the Yellow Book for 3rd grade.
Rebeka H on Nov 20, 2016
We enjoyed the red level so much last year that we are looking forward to using the yellow level this year.
Lori B on Sep 3, 2016
My daughter's teacher at Co-op suggested this.
Izumi K on Sep 1, 2016
Ive used it for the past two years for my daughter and it works well. She loves to read, so this curriculum is a natural fit!
Christopher W on Aug 19, 2016
It was highly recommended
Amber W on Aug 1, 2016
We did the red book last year and loved it, so I am doing it with my 3rd grader and 5th grader this year. It's sweet and simple and covers every area of language arts.
Nada M on Jul 27, 2016
We really enjoyed the Red Curriculum last year, so it only made sense to choose this for our language arts curriculum again this year! My daughter's confidence in writing grew leaps and bounds last year. And as a busy mom of four, this program was easy to use.
Katherine H on Jul 22, 2016
We enjoyed LLATL Red this past school year and are ready to move on to the next level.
Susan C on Jun 18, 2016
Great reviews for a fun, interesting and condenced LA program.
marie f on Apr 19, 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
have used it for several years and both my son and I enjoy the contents
dawn f on Nov 4, 2015
I am a homeschooled and we really like this program.
Tyler S on Oct 6, 2015
I think it will be a great fit for my 8 year old!
Rachael M on Jun 17, 2022
I have used this curriculum in the past for my older children. i like that everything from grammar, spelling, reading and much more are included. I do have to say that it seems to be a little above the level that is indicated. For example Level 4 includes reading material for grade 5-7.
Suzie B on Sep 6, 2021
Is it necessary to purchase the literature separately?
A shopper on Oct 29, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure exactly what you're asking. The literature comes with this particular package. The separate books are each just a small unit as part of the greater curriculum, so you could easily check them out from the library as needed. The other "literature" that's part of the curriculum is really just excerpts from the different books that are reprinted in the textbook.
Are these the only books needed for 3rd grade?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We actually just purchased the student workbook and teacher’s manual and did not buy the literature as we had some of them. This actually was not a problem as there is always a story included in the book so you can either choose the separate literature or the included story and don’t have to have the books. There are questions for both books ( the separate literature and the included short story).
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Rated 5 out of 5
Just what I have been looking for!
I love this curriculum. Simple, gentle, literature-based, open-and-go, inclusive of all language arts subjects... it's perfect. I think we'll be sticking with this for our homeschooling years.
August 16, 2022
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Absolutely the best LA curriculum out there. Dont waste your time and money trying other curriculums, LLATL is the BEST! Lessons are engaging, short, fun, and not overwhelming. My son who is super hyper and doesnt have the love for books is learning so much and enjoying it. I love that the lessons are very organized and thought through, they do such a good job teaching LA through literature it all goes together so well and smooth. My child is never confused and nothing is just thrown at them. I feel very confident my student knows a lot more than an average child his age. This year is my second year using their program will continue to use only LLATL, once you try them you wont want to settle for anything less.
October 7, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very glad I bought this
We are only a few weeks in but I’m loving this curriculum and am planning on sticking with it next year. Simple to use and covers everything efficiently. I don’t use the handwriting portion, we have another workbook for that.
August 31, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Almost perfect
We are on lesson 5 right now. My 8yo loves the way the lessons “flow together, you know?”. I guess my biggest complaint is the number of typos and discrepancies between the student and teacher books. It started literally with the very first lesson, day 1. But if I look past that and make corrections as we go, then it is a great curriculum so far.
September 30, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this curriculum!
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. I purchased Yellow and Green already! It is complete, keeps the child engaged, laid out well, and easy to implement.
September 22, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it
Simple, easy to follow and understand...my daughter has not been a fan of reading but I think this is changing her mind:)
October 7, 2016
over 6 years ago

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