Intermediate Language Lessons Workbook
A Gentle Language Arts Program
Intermediate Language Lessons is a continuation course from Primary Language Lessons. But, if your student hasn't come from PLL, they can still jump right in with no problem.
This gem was originally a small hardback book used in the early 1900's, I reformatted the text so the kids could use it like a workbook. My goal was to make it more of an independent workbook, with little 'teacher' time.
It teaches language arts gently and fits well with the Charlotte Mason Style of teaching.
Intermediate Language Lessons
For Grades 4th, 5th, and 6th
Intermediate Language Lessons can be used for three years. I divided the book into three parts respectively.
One thing about ILL is there is a lot of writing. There is no underlining this and circling that. The student is to write their answers in complete sentences.
Part One's main focus is getting thoughts onto paper in an orderly fashion. Grammar is not strongly emphasized. It is more indirectly introduced.
Part Two continues with writing effectively and orderly. It includes lessons on homonyms, synonyms, singular-plural, changing y to ies and f or fe to ves, and the types of sentences.
Part Three introduces subject, predicate, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, etc.
Narration and Dictation
Intermediate Language Lessons (ILL) doesn't have as much narration and dictation as Primary Language Lessons (PLL). Part two only has one narration lesson and a few dictation lessons. Part 3 has no narration and a few lessons on dictation.
Narration, or telling back what was read, is a great way for the student to recollect what he just learned. By the 4th grade, the student should be more comfortable with narrations so that pauses should be less.
If your student is new to narration, the goal is to retell smoothly without the 'ums' and 'and then's.' etc. Have the student think of what he is going to say before he says it. It is okay if he doesn't get every detail in his narration. You might have to prompt him with questions in the beginning, but with practice this will lessen.
Dictation is where you will read a selection slowly to the student and he will write it down. Be sure to read clearly pausing at commas and stopping at periods. Have the student correct his work with the master marking any errors. He then is to rewrite it with the corrections. You can also re-dictate it to him the next day or as a weekly test.
Selection For Study
The Selection for Study are pieces that will make the student think. The questions are open ended. This is also where new concepts are introduced such as paragraphs, simple outlines, grammar (indirectly in the first two books), comprehension, vocabulary, and more.
The selections consist of poems or it might be a about a certain topic.
Poems are by known poets such as John Greenleaf Whittier, George MacDonald, Alfred Tennyson, James Russell Lowell, Charles Wolfe, Helen Hunt Jackson,Felicia D. Hemans, and more.
Picture Study is used throughout all three books.
These lessons are great because they have the student observe what he sees. Paying attention to detail is a wonderful skill to learn.
There are questions that help the student really look at the picture. The student will also write what they see. This is different for everyone and if you have more than one student, it can be neat to see the diversity.
The picture selections are of great artists such as J.G. Brown, Dupre, Nicolas Maes, Jean Camille Corot, and Rosa Bonheur.
The Conversation Lessons can be discussed orally before the student answers the questions.
Later, I think it would be fine for the student to find the answers to the questions via the internet (with parent approval), or through books if they do not know the answer right off.
But, in the beginning, discussion is fine. You, as the instructor, might want to plan ahead so that you can obtain any material, such as books, to go along with the topic.
Composition and Other Writing Assignments
There are plenty of writing assignments throughout the books. Letter writing is taught in Book 1 and is used in each book beginning with the friendly letter to writing to businesses.
Fiction and non-fiction writing is included as well as some retelling.
These lessons can take a few days for editing and rewriting, especially in the first book, or depending on the student's ability.
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Many have found the teacher guide to be helpful. It doesn't line up completely with my workbooks because of the changes I made, but it should work.