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Intermediate Language Lessons Workbook

Updated on August 16, 2013

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 Workbook
Intermediate Language Lessons Workbook

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.

Intermediate Language Lessons Workbook
Intermediate Language Lessons Workbook

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

Intermediate Language Lessons Workbook
Intermediate Language Lessons Workbook

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

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.

Conversation Lessons

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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Intermediate Language Lessons, Teacher's Guide
Intermediate Language Lessons, Teacher's Guide

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.


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    • cynthiaspages profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for this lovely comment. It really made me smile. :) I do plan on adding more information on certain lessons, poets, and artists.

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      5 years ago

      Just purchased these yesterday after looking at the beautiful samples ~ purchased the bundle- I'm SO excited to have found these! I know my daughter & I will appreciate having these very attractive & well-laid out workbook pages to accompany our study. I spend my home school dollars with much thought & care -these workbooks didn't require a second thought -I knew immediately the beauty & benefit they would add to our homeschool. Thanks so much, Cynthia, for offering these & for the additional lesson information available on your site! Will you be continuing to add more lesson information? I hope so! : )

    • cynthiaspages profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Meleasa for the great comment and for taking the time to leave it. I enjoyed reading it very much. I am so glad you are enjoying the workbook. :)

      ~Blessings, Cynthia

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      5 years ago

      We love using this workbook! We are on Part 3, having used another, more expensive workbook for Parts 1 & 2 before I found Cynce's Place. She made plenty of lines, the pages are clean looking, and easy to read. My daughter enjoys being able to write directly on the paper instead of using the small book and notebook paper. I especially like the more narrow lines for my sixth grader. Thanks for a great product!


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