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Elementary Literature Curriculum

Course Description:

The Elementary Literature program for Grades Five and Six continues to introduce the student to literature in a deeper, more rigorous fashion than a typical reading course. The course is comprised of classic literature and the lives of saints. There is a suggested amount of time in which to cover each book. Parents, possibly with the assistance of the student, are to select the proper number of books to fit into each quarter. Kolbe has provided suggested grade levels for each work to aid the parent in choosing appropriate books for their student's grade level in the syllabus. These are based on maturity level needed for themes present in the work, difficulty of vocabulary, and overall difficulty of the material presented in the work.

A well-rounded literature course for each year includes choices from both the novels and lives of saints. Each Novel and most of the saint books include weekly written assignment topics. The Study Question booklets include study questions that are perfect to use for a short quiz after the student has read the daily assignment. Kolbe Academy has provided an extensive amount of literature to study over the course of 5th and 6th grade. As such, students are NOT expected to cover all of the material included in the Elementary Literature course.

Course Texts:

  • Elementary Literature, Workbook
  • Elementary Literature, Teacher Book

This is the 2016 edition which includes vocabulary and chapter study questions for the following novels.

  • Black Beauty
  • The Bronze Bow
  • Captains Courageous
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • Favorite Poems, Old and New
  • Fingal's Quest
  • Heidi
  • The Hobbit
  • I am David
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Joyful Noise
  • Kidnapped
  • Kon-Tiki
  • Lincoln: A Photobiography
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • My Side of the Mountain
  • Old Yeller
  • Outlaws of Ravenhurst
  • Redwall
  • The Secret Garden
  • A Single Shard
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • White Fang
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • A Wrinkle in Time

This is the 2016 edition which includes vocabulary and chapter study questions for the following Saints.

  • Blessed Marie of New France
  • The Miraculous Medal
  • Saint Catherine of Siena
  • Saint Dominic
  • Saint Hyacinth of Poland
  • Saint John Bosco
  • Saint John Masias
  • Saint Monica
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas
  • Saint Vincent de Paul

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