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. This year, students read a variety of great children’s literature, classic and modern. 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.
The consumable four-color Student Worktext contains comprehension questions, discussion questions, instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming), and workbook pages. Workbook answers are in the Teacher’s Guide. The Workbook and Guide can be purchased separately, in a set together, or in a pack with the readers. You’ll need something else for teaching spelling, learning to read, and penmanship.
The books read (in the order they are introduced) are:
- The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Holes by Louis Sacher
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Boy:Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
- The Tripods by John Christopherl
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- I Am Malala by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery