LightningLit

Elementary School Lightning Literature

The author’s goal in writing this series is to “instill a love of great literature in children, expand their ability to read intelligently and deeply, improve their communication abilities, and prepare them for more advanced language arts concepts.” The three key components to this series are literature, grammar and mechanics, and composition. All levels allow for student independence in the reading or reading aloud together. Each also has great flexibility in the compositions and offers many optional extra activities.

Grade 1

Every week, students read a beautiful, classic picture book. The Teacher’s Guide contains comprehension questions on the reading (and answers), instructions for the weekly composition, answers to the Student Guide, and suggestions for extra related activities. The consumable four-color Student Guide includes instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming) and workbook pages, a reading journal, dictionary and alphabet pages, and sentence puzzles. Each week there is also a suggested Aesop’s fable to read together.

Grade 1 Pack
Grade 1 Student Workbook
Grade 1 Teacher Guide

Grade 2

This year students begin by reading a beautiful picture book each week. Towards the end of the year, students move to classic chapter books. The Teacher’s Guide contains comprehension questions on the reading (and answers), instructions for the weekly composition, answers to the Student Guide, and suggestions for extra related activities. The consumable four-color Student Guide includes instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming) and workbook pages, a reading journal, dictionary pages, and sentence puzzles. Each week also assigns optional reading from Winnie-the-Pooh and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling.

Grade 2 Pack
Grade 2 Student Workbook
Grade 2 Teacher Guide

Grade 3

Students read chapter books for Grade 3. Included are classics such as Charlotte’s Web, Newbery Award winners like The Wheel on the School, and new friends like The Rickshaw Girl. The Teacher’s Guide contains comprehension questions on the reading (and answers), instructions for the weekly composition, answers to the Student Guide, and suggestions for extra related activities. The consumable four-color Student Guide includes instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming) and workbook pages, a reading journal, dictionary pages, and sentence puzzles. Many compositions this year span two or more weeks, giving students more time to create greater depth in their writing.

Grade 3 Pack
Grade 3 Student Workbook
Grade 3 Teacher Guide

Grade 4

Students read a variety of great children’s literature, classic and modern. Two books written in verse encourage students to explore poetry in different ways than they may have previously. An inspiring nonfiction story of a boy’s quest in Africa to bring electric power to his home provides lessons on expository, descriptive, persuasive, and narrative writing.

The consumable four-color Student Worktext contains comprehension questions, discussion questions, instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming), and workbook pages. The Teacher’s Guide contains answers to the comprehension questions and the grammar pages, instructions for daily composition, a discussion guide for each book, and suggestions for additional activities.

Order the pack with readers or just the student workbook and teacher’s guide. The student worktext is full color, and the teacher’s guide black and white.

Grade 4 Pack with readers
Grade 4 Set of Student Workbook and Teacher Guide Only
Grade 4 Student Workbook
Grade 4 Teacher Guide

This was previously available as duplexed, three-hole punched, and shrink-wrapped (no binder is included) by semester and we will continue to offer the second semester for those of you who have already purchased just Semester One as long as they are available.

Grade 4 Semester 2 Pack with readers
Grade 4 Semester 2 Set of Student Workbook and Teacher Guide Only
Grade 4 Semester 2 Student Workbook
Grade 4 Semester 2 Teacher Guide

Grade 5

— In Progress

Grade 5 Lighting Literature will continue the Lightning Literature method of teaching intelligent reading, composition, and grammar using great children’s literature. Students will be introduced to new authors, exciting stories, and different cultures and experiences. The workbook will ask questions on the reading, teach (and quiz on) grammar and mechanics, and introduce composition techniques. Each week, students will write something of their own to keep their composition muscles exercised and growing.

These are the books the author has chosen so far. More will be added to the final curriculum:

brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson — This multiple-award-winner is a poetic exploration of the author’s childhood in the South and North during the Civil Rights movement. It is full of deft character development and exquisite details of setting.

Holes by Louis Sachar — Winner of the Newbery Award, this is not just a fun, exciting mystery but a story of friendship and overcoming adversity.

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Reader’s Edition) by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick — This is the true story of Malala Yousafzai’s fight for the right of girls in Pakistan to be educated. It is also an excellent example of standing up for your beliefs.

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis — Set during the Depression in Gary, Indiana, the title heroine proves that a combination of intelligence, kindness, and grit can get you through even the worst of times.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry — Another Newbery Award winner, this book is set during WWII in Denmark and gives a fictionalized account of a historical event — the rescue of over 7,000 Danish Jews.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster — A classic children’s book, this comic fantasy story takes readers with Milo through several very odd lands filled with word play, puzzles, and tricks. But it isn’t just frivolous, and at the end Milo learns an important lesson we all need reminding of every now and then.

 

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