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Learning Language Arts Through Literature

Learning Language Arts Through Literature is a complete language arts program. Using an integrated approach to teaching, students learn the skills appropriate for each grade level in the context of quality literature. Reading real books instead of basal stories makes reading more attractive to the student. This creates a deeper understanding and generates greater interest in grammar, writing mechanics, vocabulary, spelling, and other language skills. The goal of any language arts program should be to equip the student for a lifetime of communication through the written and spoken word.

All levels are written for a 36 week school year. The Teacher’s Book is written in a conversational format making it easy to use with little or no preparation time for the parent or teacher.

Ensign Peak Academy 15% Discount

Members of our school community enjoy a 15% discount off all Learning Language Arts Through Literature materials, when purchased directly through Common Sense Press. To qualify for this discount, you must first purchase any of our Elementary School Unit Studies. Upon purchase of any of our Elementary School Unit Studies, you will receive the discount code. This code is also provided to all families using our Middle or High School Program.

Independent Use

Purchase any of the following programs to use independently:

No application required. Use any of our Elementary School Unit Studies and receive a 15% discount on all Learning Language Arts Through Literature materials.

Enrolled Students

Parents use the material to teach their own children. Assessments and video feedback are provided for grades K-6.

Enrolled students work at their own pace, submit their work through Canvas and receive video feedback and grading from one of our caring mentors. Enrolled student tuition includes email and phone support for parents.

Enrolled Student Tuition: $180 per student, per grade level

Learning Language Arts Through Literature program is purchased separately, in addition to the enrolled student tuition.

Apply and pay tuition by visiting our Elementary School Program page.

Placement Tests

In order to help you decide where to place your student within the series, Placement Tests are provided through the publisher. Begin evaluation using the Placement Test for the current grade level of your student. Proceed, moving forward or backward in grade levels, until you determine the best placement for your student. In addition, viewing the scope and sequence and sample lessons at the various grade levels will assist you in the placement of your student.

Scope and Sequence

Review the Scope and Sequence to learn what is covered for each grade level.

FAQs

Visit the FAQ page to learn more about how simple the program is for the teacher to use and how very effective it is for the student.

PrintTHE BLUE BOOK: 1ST GRADE SKILLS FOR BEGINNING READERS

Purchase this program: The Blue Book: 1st Grade Skills for Beginning Readers

The Common Sense Reading Program, the Blue Book, for first grade skills, is the perfect reading program for beginning readers. The updated third edition is even easier to use with clearer instructions and a colorized companion Student Booklet. Lessons include: phonics instruction using the “Successful Reading for Beginners” series. Your student begins reading stories right away!

36 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans. Lessons require little or NO preparation! Read-aloud stories and “real books” provide a basis for language arts skills: phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, and higher order thinking skills, even handwriting included!

  • The “real book” read alouds for this program may be obtained through your library or purchased from bookstores or catalogs.
  • A systematic phonics approach includes: short and long vowels, consonant blends, word families, and sight words.
  • Handwriting instruction teaches upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation! Illustrated practice sheets encourage your student to do his best.
  • Games, word-wheels, flip books, and MORE hands-on projects and activities are effective for ALL types of learners.
  • Assessments enable teachers to evaluate progress. Essential to the program, consumable Student Activity Books may be purchased separately.

The first grade reading program includes a Teacher Book, a Student Activity Book, 28 readers, and a materials packet, all packaged in a convenient, attractive full-color box.

Purchase this program: The Blue Book: 1st Grade Skills for Beginning Readers

PrintTHE RED BOOK: 2ND GRADE SKILLS FOR BEGINNING READERS

Purchase this program: The Red Book: 2nd Grade Skills for Beginning Readers

The Common Sense Press second grade reading program continues phonics instruction that will bring confidence and fluency to the beginning reader. The updated third edition is even easier to use with three new readers that give your student more practice in mastering phonics. Students will enjoy the exciting stories in the readers and use them to learn grammar, creative writing, higher-order thinking skills, and much more. The program includes a Teacher Book, a Student Activity Book, and 6 readers, each containing several stories all packaged in a convenient, attractive full-color box.​ There are three supplemental readers that can be used for additional practice, but are not necessary for the program.

  • 36 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans. Lessons require little or NO preparation! Instructions and activities for phonics, reading skills, grammar, creative writing, and higher-order thinking skills taken from six delightful readers!  Includes a quick review of first grade phonics and instruction in advanced phonics. 
  • The “real book” read alouds needed for this program may be obtained through your library or purchased from bookstores or catalogs.
  • Enrichment Activities included in The Red Book Program will challenge your student with thinking, writing, and creative activities that are ideal for the fluent reader and easily adaptable for the nonreader.
  • Handwriting instruction teaches upper and lower-case letters, numbers, PLUS punctuation! Illustrated practice sheets encourage your students to do their best.
  • Phonics Facts, Grammar Guides, and Punctuation Pointers keep students on track.
  • Games, word-wheels, flip books, and MORE hands-on projects and activities are effective for ALL types of learners.
  • Spelling lessons include spelling lists, word puzzles, and spelling tips.
  • Assessments enable teachers to evaluate progress. Phonics Facts, Grammar Guides, Syllable Sense, and Punctuation Pointers aid students in remembering the tricks of the trade for reading, grammar, and spelling.
  • Essential to the program, additional consumable Student Activity Books may be purchased separately

Our second grade reading program includes a Teacher Book, a Student Activity Book, and six readers all packaged in a convenient, attractive full-color box.

 

PrintTHE YELLOW BOOK: 3RD GRADE SKILLS

Purchase this program: The Yellow Book: 3rd Grade Skills

36 lessons include dictation or copying of literature passages from great books your children will love. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (Beatrix Potter), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), and The Tale of Jeremy Vole (Stephen Lawhead), poetry selections and much more! The updated third edition is even easier to use with new lessons, journaling, and more. Includes all the language arts skills: reading, spelling (with suggested lists included), grammar, higher order thinking skills, creative writing, and handwriting in an easy-to-use format. For your convenience, Teacher Notes and answers are right in the margin of the teacher book. The Skills Index provides an easy reference.

Four Literature Links encourage students in vocabulary building, reading for content, and comprehension. Exciting activities bring each story to life and give your student many opportunities to be creative.

  • ​​36 weekly lessons (which includes 4 Literature Links) divided into easy-to-use daily plans.
  • The following 4 books may be used for the Literature Links or you may use other stories which are included in the book:
    • The White Stallion, by Elizabeth Shub
    • Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans
    • Meet George Washington, by Joan Heilbroner
    • The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Integrated language lessons include: phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, phonics review and higher order thinking skills.
  • Focus on Spelling tips help with memorization of spelling rules. Suggested spelling lists are included for each lesson!
  • Handwriting Instructions and work pages for cursive writing included!
  • Teacher friendly, with little or no preparation needed!
  • Phonics Facts, Grammar Guides, and Punctuation Pointers keep students on track.
  • Review Activities follow most lessons providing additional skill practice.
  • Assessments help teachers to evaluate student’s progress.

The Yellow Student Activity Book is the perfect companion for the Yellow Teacher Book! Everything in one book: student instruction, a place for writing, and a tool for easy record keeping. Allows for more independent work, a BONUS for teachers. The Yellow SAB provides Enrichment Activities such as word puzzles, analogies, logic/reasoning activities and more found ONLY in the SAB. (Answers are found in The Teacher Book.) Please note: The Student Activity Book cannot be used independently.

 

PrintTHE ORANGE BOOK: 4TH GRADE SKILLS

Purchase this program: The Orange Book: 4th Grade Skills

The Orange Book is a blend of dictation of literature passages, book studies, and special writing units. The story writing unit also includes instructions on making and binding their new book. The updated third edition is even easier to use with added editing and synonym practice to strengthen your student’s writing. Lessons integrate all the fourth grade language arts skills: grammar, creative writing, composition, spelling, higher-order reasoning, and study skills.

  • 36 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans. Teacher friendly, with little or no preparation needed! Everyday Words lessons contain dictation, grammar exercises, spelling tips, creative writing, and more.
  • Five units that provide the opportunity for your student to apply skills through various styles. The five units include:
    • Research
    • Journal Writing
    • Poetry
    • Newspaper
    • Story Writing and Book Making
  • Four 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
    • Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin By His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson
    • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Each book study contains a summary, vocabulary skills, reading comprehension, and exciting activities.
  • Reviews Activities follow most lessons providing additional skill practice.
  • Assessments help teachers to evaluate student’s progress.

The Orange Student Activity Book is the perfect companion for the Orange Teacher Book! Everything in one book: student instruction, a place for writing, and a tool for easy record keeping. Allows for more independent work, a BONUS for teachers. The Orange SAB provides Enrichment Activities such as word puzzles, analogies, logic/reasoning activities and more found ONLY in the SAB. (Answers are found in The Teacher Book.) Please note: The Student Activity Book cannot be used independently.

PrintTHE PURPLE BOOK: 5TH GRADE SKILLS

Purchase this program: The Purple Book: 5th Grade Skills

The Purple Book is a blend of dictation and unit studies including poetry, oral presentations, and speech making. The updated third edition is even easier to use with added vocabulary and spelling exercises. Lessons integrate all the fifth grade language arts skills: grammar, creative writing, composition, spelling, higher-order reasoning, and study skills.

 

  • 36 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans. Teacher friendly, with little or no preparation needed!
  • Everyday Words: Students hone in on grammar skills through dictation and writing exercises.
  • Speech Making and Oral Presentation Units: Students learn how to make oral presentations such as speeches and stories.
  • Poetry Unit: Additional creative writing and expression are taught extensively using poetry.
  • Four Book Studies
    • Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Trumpet of the Swan by E.B.White
    • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  •  Each book study contains a summary, vocabulary skills, reading comprehension, and exciting activities.
  • 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.

The Purple Student Activity Book is the perfect companion for The Purple Teacher Book! Everything in one book: student instruction, a place for writing, and a tool for easy record keeping. Allows for more independent work, a BONUS for teachers. The Purple SAB provides Enrichment Activities such as word puzzles, analogies, logic/reasoning activities and more found ONLY in the SAB. (Answers are found in The Teacher Book.) Please note: The Student Activity Book cannot be used independently.

 

PrintTHE TAN BOOK: ​6TH GRADE SKILLS

Purchase this program: The Tan Book: 6th Grade Skills

6th grade students mature in their language arts skills through 36 lessons. Passages from great literature encourage the reading of timeless classics. Dictation encourages expressive, creative writing. The updated third edition is even easier to use with new lessons that will introduce your student to additional classic literature. The study of suffixes and prefixes lays groundwork for skills needed at upper grade levels.

  • 36 weekly lessons divided into easy-to-use daily plans. Teacher friendly, with little or no teacher preparation needed! Integrated language arts lessons including: grammar, spelling, higher-order thinking, and study skills.
  • Each lesson provides the opportunity for your students to apply their skills through research, creative writing, journal writing, etc.
  • Four Book Studies
    • Carry OnMr. 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
  • Each Book Study contains a summary, vocabulary skills, reading comprehension, and exciting activities.
  • Two Units:
    • Using the Library
    • Writing a Research Paper
  • Review Activities follow each lesson providing additional skill practice.
  • Assessments aid teachers in identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • The Skills Index provides an easy skill reference.

The Tan Student Activity Book is the perfect companion for the Tan Teacher Book! Everything in one book: student instruction, a place for writing, and a tool for easy record keeping. Allows for more independent work, a BONUS for teachers. The Tan SAB provides Enrichment Activities such as word puzzles, analogies, logic/reasoning activities and more found ONLY in the SAB. (Answers are found in The Teacher Book.) Please note: The Student Activity Book cannot be used independently.