Reading Lessons Through Literature

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Two of the Handwriting Lessons Through Literature books, Handwriting for Beginning Readers and Handwriting for All Ages, can be used as workbooks while learning the phonograms in Reading Lessons Through Literature. You can read about them here.

Reading Lessons Through Literature is an Orton phonogram reading program, and like other Orton phonogram programs, it focuses on teaching reading through spelling. This may sound odd if you’re not familiar with the process. Think of it like this: Other reading programs present new words to read in each lesson. With RLTL, children are not only presented new words to read, they also learn to write them down and analyze their spelling.

First children learn the basic phonograms; Reading Lessons Through Literature teaches 75 basic phonograms. After children have learned the first 26 phonograms, they begin writing spelling words, analyzing them, and reading them for practice. And finally, they begin to read stories which include the words they’ve learned.

  • In each level, the spelling lists are organized around stories in The Elson Readers and padded with additional words from the Ayres list. The three levels include a total of 1,720 words.
  • Each level includes the instructional material, the spelling lists, and one of The Elson Readers; Level 1 contains the Primer, Level 2 contains Book 1, and Level 3 contains Book 2.
  • In the Primer, multi-letter phonograms are underlined and multi-syllable words are separated between syllables to help the beginning reader. In Book 1, multi-syllable words are separated between syllables.
What’s different about Reading Lessons Through Literature?
  • I designed RLTL to be a pick-up and go program. There are less than ten pages of introductory/explanatory material to read before beginning to teach.
  • The spelling lists are organized around the stories in The Elson Readers.
  • Since each level contains the complete text of one of The Elson Readers, there are no additional readers to purchase.
  • Since children are presented with a variety of words from the beginning, there are no fat rats sitting on mats.