Living Literature Grammar Packs is a series of 15 weekly language arts lessons centered around various twaddle-free fiction, non-fiction, and historical fiction picture books.
Each week, your 3rd- to 5th-grade student is asked to read one of the books and complete a packet of language arts activities that relate to the book.
The lessons are short and sweet, yet cover a vast array of language arts skills in the areas of:
- Reading comprehension
- Reading strategies
- Oral language skills
- Poetic devices
- Critical Thinking
Each week includes a spelling list that encourages handwriting practice as well.
All of the literature necessary to complete the packets is likely to be found at your local library. Click here to see a complete list of the books used in the curriculum.
Living Literature Grammar Packs is written to encourage a love of the language arts rather than the drudgery that so often occurs. The rich literature draws children in, while the simplicity of the lessons keeps them from burning out.
Throughout the lessons, Cindy was sure to cover all the language arts skills covered in a typical 3rd through 5th grade scope and sequence, making it a very thorough curriculum. A glossary of grammar terms is included, as well as a complete answer key.
You’ll quickly notice that fifteen weeks worth of lessons don’t add up to an entire year of grammar curriculum. In the simple introduction, Cindy explains her plan of one week ‘on’ and one or two weeks ‘off’ so that language arts time isn’t always taken up with similar lessons. She encourages you to spend the additional weeks focusing on creative writing projects, additional reading with focused narration, copywork, grammar games, or other language arts lessons. These ‘off’ weeks are also good for printing freebie lessons from the internet if you notice any particular grammar skill needs additional practice.
In her experience, Cindy finds children really respond well to varied types of lessons which give them the opportunity to learn and perform in different ways. Thus the reason there aren’t 36 weeks of grammar packs in the curriculum. She thinks you’ll be surprised at how much instruction is retained and easily transferred from the grammar pack lessons to the other language arts lessons you choose to use on the ‘off’ weeks!
119 pages, digital curriculum