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. Students read a variety of great children’s literature, classic and modern. Grade 6 Lighting Literature continues the Lightning Literature method of teaching intelligent reading, composition, and grammar using great children’s literature. Students are introduced to new authors, exciting stories, and different cultures and experiences. The workbook asks questions on the reading, teaches (and quizzes on) grammar and mechanics, and introduces composition techniques. Each week, students 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 and penmanship.
The books read (in the order they are introduced) are:
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
- The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
- Pax by Sara Pennypacker
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
- Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
There are also four units on Poetry.