Learning Language Arts Through Literature
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Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL), is a completely integrated language arts program for grades 1-12. Using favorite children's books with vocabulary, discussion questions, and activities, it has been proven highly effective. It covers grammar, reading, spelling, vocabulary, writing mechanics, creative writing, thinking skills and more.

All lessons are written for a 36 week school year. Grades 1- 9 include a Teacher’s Book written in a conversational format making it easy to use with little or no preparation time for the teacher. Student Activity Books are available for the 1st - 8th grade. All Learning Language Arts Through Literature levels include review activities and assessments and require little to no preparation.

Learning Language Arts Through Literature uses included excerpts from very good children's books. As I understand it, purchasing the books themselves is not necessary although they are all great additons to any child's library. Along with the courses themselves, the children's books may be purchased through THC's Amazon aStore by clicking the link below:
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LLATL Blue Level

The Learning Language Arts Through Literature
Blue Book Set - First Grade

If your child knows his alphabet, letter sounds, and has just begun sounding out words, he is ready for this enjoyable reading program.
Using "read aloud" stories and real books, The Blue Book is already broken into convenient daily lesson plans that cover phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, and higher order thinking skills.

The Blue Book Set includes:

  • The Teacher's Book
  • Student Activity Book
  • Short Vowel Readers
  • Long Vowel Readers
  • Bridge Readers
  • Materials packet

There are a total of 28 readers.
The materials packet includes games, word wheels, flip-books, and more hands-on activities appropriate for all learning styles.
Handwriting is also included in the program, teaching upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation.

Here is the list of "Real Books" used in the first grade level in the order they are used.
  • Who Took the Farmer's Hat?. Nodset, Joan L. HarperCollins.
  • Goodnight Moon. Brown, Margaret Wise. HarperCollins.
  • The Story of Ferdinand. Leaf, Munro. Penguin.
  • Caps for Sale. Slobodkina, Esphyr. HarperCollins.
  • The Snowy Day. Keats, Ezra Jack. 1962. Puffin-Penguin.
  • Bedtime for Frances. Hoban, Russell. Harper Trophy.
  • The Little House. Burton, Virginia Lee. Houghton Mifflin.
  • Old Hat New Hat. Berenstain, Stan and Jan. Random House.
  • Make Way for Ducklings. McCloskey, Robert. Puffin-Penguin.
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Potter, Beatrix. (no particular version).
  • Blueberries for Sal. McCloskey, Robert. Puffin Books-Penguin.
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Burton, Virginia Lee. Houghton Mifflin.
  • Babar's Little Circus Star. DeBrunhoff, Laurent. Random House. (out of print)
  • The Runaway Bunny. Brown, Margaret Wise. HarperCollins.



Learning Language Arts Through Literature

The Learning Language Arts Through Literature
Red Book - Second Grade Skills

For the fluent reader or the beginning reader who has completed the Blue Book, the Red Book will enjoy gaining confidence through the exciting readers and stories. This level includes:

  • Teacher's Book
  • Student Activity Book
  • 6 Readers, each containing several stories

After a quick review, students move on to more advanced phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, creative writing, handwriting, and higher thinking skills. Assessments and activities are provided.

There are Phonics Facts, Grammar Guides, and Punctuation Pointers to help keep students and teachers on track.

Real Books for this level are:

  • A Tree Is Nice. Janice May Udry. HarperCollins.
  • Little Bear. Else Holmelund Minarik. HarperCollins.
  • The Fire Cat. Esther Averill. HarperCollins.
  • Bravest Dog Ever. Natalie Standiford. Random House.
  • Ox-Cart Man. Donald Hall. Puffin Books - Penguin.
  • Corduroy. Don Freeman. Penguin Group.
  • The Little Island. Golden MacDonald. Random House.
  • Billy and Blaze. C.W. Anderson. Simon and Schuster.
  • Harry the Dirty Dog. Gene Zion. HarperCollins.
  • Abraham Lincoln. d'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin. Beautiful Feet Books.
  • Yonder. Tony Johnson. Dial Books. (out of print)

PLEASE NOTE: Commonsense Press says it is necessary to own these books for the Red Book level.


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The Learning Language Arts Through Literature
Yellow Book - 3rd Grade Skills

From third grade (yellow) through 8th grade(gray) there are just a Teacher's Book and a Student Activity Book for each level. Included in the Yellow level are:

  • Teacher Book
  • Student Activity Book
  • 4 Literature Links (study guides with vocabulary & activities)
  • spelling tips and lists
  • handwriting pages for cursive
  • review activities for most lessons
  • dictation or copying of included literature passages

The four books needed for this level are:
  • The White Stallion. Elizabeth Shub. Random House.
  • Madeline. Ludwig Bemelman. Puffin Books - Penguin.
  • Meet George Washington. Joan Heilbroner. Random House.
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble. Alice Dalgliesh. Simon and Schuster.


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The Learning Language Arts Through Literature
Orange Book - Fourth Grade Skills

  • 32 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans.
  • 4 Book Studies (listed in the order which they appear):
    • The Boxcar Children (Book #1) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Wilbur and Orville Wright by Augusta Stevenson
    • Benjamin Franklin by Augusta Stevenson
    • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

    5 units include:

    • Research
    • Journal Writing
    • Poetry
    • Newspaper
    • Book Making

  • Teacher friendly, with little or no preparation needed!
  • Review Activities follow most lessons providing additional skill practice.
  • Assessments help teachers to evaluate student's progress.


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Purple Book - 5th Grade Skills

  • 36 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans.
  • PLUS 4 Book Studies (listed in the order in which they appear):
    • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Trumpet of the Swan by E.B.White
    • Meet Addy by Connie Porter, American Girls Series
    • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

  • 3 units:
    • Speech Making
    • Poetry
    • Oral Presentation of Folk Tales and Tall Tales

  • Teacher friendly, with little or no preparation needed!
  • The Skills Index provides an easy skill reference.
  • Review Activities follow most lessons providing additional skill practice.
  • Assessments help teachers to evaluate student's progress.


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Tan Book - 6th Grade Skills

  • 36 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans.
  • PLUS 4 Book Studies (listed in the order they appear):
    • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Latham
    • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
    • Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
    • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

  • Two Units:
    • Using the Library
    • Writing a Research Paper

  • Review Activities follow most lessons providing additional skill practice.
  • Assessments help teachers evaluate student's progress.
  • The Skills Index provides an easy skill reference.
  • Integrated language arts lessons including: grammar, spelling, higher-order thinking, and study skills.

Teacher friendly, with little or no teacher preparation needed!


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Green Book - Grade 7 Skills

  • 36 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans.
  • 3 Book Studies (listed in the order which they appear):
  • The Star of Light by Patricia St. John
  • Adam and His Kin by Ruth Beechick
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Play by Shakespeare

4 Units:
  • Everyday Words
  • Poetry Unit
  • Short Story Unit
  • Research Unit

  • Integrated language arts lessons including: grammar, spelling, higher-order thinking, and study skills.
  • Teacher friendly, with little or no teacher preparation needed!
  • The Skills Index provides an easy skill reference.
  • Reviews Activities follow most lessons providing additional skill practice.
  • Assessments help teachers to evaluate progress.


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    The Learning Language Arts Through Literature
    Gray Book - Grade 8 Skills

    • 36 weekly lessons divided into daily plans.
    • 4 Book Studies (listed in the order they appear):
      • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
      • A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
      • Eric Liddell by Catherine Swift
      • God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew

    • Integrated language arts lessons including: grammar, spelling, higher order thinking, and study skills.
    • Spelling lists each week from the most Commonly Misspelled Words.
    • Vocabulary Building exercises bring meaning to vocabulary in context making it useful in everyday language. Continued study of suffixes, prefixes, and root words prepares students for college testing.

    • PLUS, a five week Writing Unit!

    • Teacher friendly, with little or no preparation needed!
    • Reviews Activities follow most lessons providing additional skill practice.
    • Assessments help teachers to evaluate student's progress.
    • Primarily based on dictation, your student will learn all the components of language arts in one easy to use book.
    • Encouraging a love for classical literature, through dictation students learn punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, grammar, creative writing, and more.


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    The Learning Language Arts Through Literature
    Gold Book - American Literature - High School Skills

    AND
    The Learning Language Arts Through Literature
    Gold Book - British Literature - High School Skills

    • Each title ncludes 36 weekly lessons similar in format to the other editions of the Learning Language Arts Through Literature series. Written in conversational form, with story summaries and complete answers provided for the discussion questions, this book is easy for any teacher to use. Information has been interwoven into the lessons so that the student becomes familiar with famous American authors. Most lessons include vocabulary-expanding applications.

    • Each book is designed for Teacher directed use, or the Student can use it on his own. Answers are found at the end of each lesson. The Student is expected to keep a four-section notebook for assigned writings.

    • Each Gold Book includes famous short stories, novels, and poetry. The student analyzes selections of literature, learns literary terminology, writes characterizations and other short analyses, essays, short stories, and poetry.

    • Should easily count for a high school English credit for graduation but check with the program you are using.

    The accompanying books used with American Lit:

    • Great American Short Stories - Edited Wallace and Mary Stegner,Random House
    • The Mentor Book of Major American Poets - Edited Oscar Williams and Edwin Honig,Penguin
    • The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway, Simon and Schuster
    • The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane,Random House
    • The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Penguin

    The titles used with British Lit:

    • Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley. Random House (or any edition of the 1818 publication). ISBN: 9780553212471.
    • Emma - Jane Austen. Random House. ISBN: 9780553212730.
    • A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens. Penguin Group. ISBN: 9780141439600.
    • The Time Machine - H.G. Wells. (Any unabridged publication).
    • Animal Farm - George Orwell. (Any unabridged publication).
    • The Mentor Book of Major British Poets - edited by Oscar Williams. Penguin Group. ISBN: 0451626370.


    Again, to find any of the LLATL curriculum books or the required readers please use either of the following links:

    Christian Book Distributors Homeschool Division

    Shop THC's Amazon aStore


    Reviews from Homeschool Moms:

    • "I just wanted to let you know how much my 8 year old daughter and I are enjoying using LLATL (Learning Language Arts Through Literature). This is our second year home schooling and first year using LLATL. Last year she used a workbook, but was really bored with it. She is a strong reader and loves to read and be read to so this is really working out great for us. Thank you so much for such a great product."Homeschool mom,Byron Center, Michigan

    • "My kids and I LOVE your program. My oldest started in the Yellow Book and my youngest started in the Blue Book. We enjoy our Language Arts time!"Jennifer C.,Homeschool mom


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