Well-Ordered Language Level 3A: The Curious Student’s Guide to Grammar
A one-semester course for grades 5 or 6 and up
Well-Ordered Language Level 3 is the third part in a four-level series that demonstrates that grammar is an engaging study that appeals to children’s natural curiosity about words and language. It presents grammar in a clear, orderly way, while simultaneously seeking to cultivate children’s wonder of language with instruction in the context of narrative and language, attractive illustrations, and samples taken from classic children’s literature and poetry. Through Well-Ordered Language’s unique, creative, and orderly method of analyzing the grammatical functions of the parts of speech, students will find the mastery of grammar achievable, meaningful, and delightful.
The carefully crafted pedagogy of this book helps students learn the mechanics of grammar while they also see the power of language unfolding before them as they learn to gather and arrange words to express their thoughts clearly and accurately. Students will not merely be able to identify the parts of a sentence, but also will understand how words behave in a sentence. This book is designed so that teachers and students actively engage with each other and with the concepts in each lesson by means of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Learning is reinforced by the singing of lively chants and songs that correspond to each chapter.
The previous level, Well-Ordered Language Level 2, aided students in mastering the eight parts of speech, along with prepositional phrases; compound elements; subject, object, possessive, interrogative, and relative pronouns; compound sentences; and relative clauses. Any student who has mastered these concepts should be prepared for Well-Ordered Language Level 3. In Book 3A, students will review and strengthen skills already learned while also being introduced to several new concepts. Students will also continue to develop their understanding of diagramming sentences, visualizing the grammatical relationships within increasingly complex sentences. Well-Ordered Language Level 3A (WOL 3A) will introduce students to:
- Sentence diagramming
- Four kinds of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory), principal elements, adjectives & adverbs
- Predicate verbs, predicate nominatives & predicate adjectives
- Prepositional phrases
- Personal pronouns
- Sensory linking verbs
- Indirect objects
- Interrogative pronouns
- Relative (adjectival) clauses
The Well-Ordered Language Level 3 & Level 4 Songs & Chants are lively tunes to help students learn grammar terms in an enjoyable and memorable way. Key terms and definitions introduced in previous books will be reviewed in each level. We recommend purchasing the Level 1 and Level 2 songs to accompany the Level 3 lessons.
Note: There will be a total of four levels, each containing a Book A and Book B, and we will be releasing one level (two books) each year.
This is a consumable item. For more information on this product’s copyright, please refer to our General FAQ section here.
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“This year we used Well-Ordered Language (WOL) for our 3rd- and 4th-grade classes, and next year we will add it to our 5th-grade curriculum. As an administrator, I had searched high and low for a curriculum that truly fit our mission as a classical Christian school, and I had begun to think that in order to truly serve our students well I would have to begin working on creating a curriculum from scratch. The WOL program has been a wonderful surprise and a great gift to our academy. For students, WOL provides plenty of explanation, practice, and memorization in a context full of beauty, whimsy, and worthwhile language. We love the fact that every example comes from great poetry or stories that echo what we are already studying. For teachers, WOL gives excellent guidance, classroom wisdom, and tools for assessment and enrichment. I was delighted to hear that CAP has added teacher training videos to their site, and I can’t wait to share them with my team. Thank you!” —Julie Dreher, Grammar School Head and 4th-grade teacher, Sequitur Classical Academy, Baton Rouge, LA
“Another reason I stopped by your booth was to see the new grammar curriculum—it’s enchanting! (I never thought I would use ‘grammar curriculum’ and ‘enchanting’ in the same sentence!!!) Just like the new Writing & Rhetoric program. Thank you for consistently producing materials that overflow with goodness, truth, and beauty!” —Julie E., homeschool mom
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To learn more about why we chose the title Well-Ordered Language, read co-author Daniel Coupland’s blog post here.
Adapting Well-Ordered Language for Homeschool (blog post)
Author and educator Tammy Peters earned her BA in elementary education and a minor in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1982, and her MA in reading from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee in 1987. During her teaching career, she taught at elementary, undergraduate, and graduate levels and also worked as a district reading specialist. She retired in 2013 from her position as lead mentor-teacher at Mars Hill Academy, a classical Christian school in Cincinnati, where she had taught since 2000. She and her husband live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Tammy continues to write and consult with schools.
Daniel B. Coupland, PhD
Dr. Daniel B. Coupland is a professor and chairman of the Education Department and dean of the faculty at Hillsdale College. He earned a BA in Spanish from Liberty University, an MA in linguistics from Oakland University, and a PhD in education from Michigan State University. He began his career in education as a high school teacher. At Hillsdale College, he teaches courses on English grammar and classic children’s literature. In 2013, Dr. Coupland was named Hillsdale College’s “Professor of the Year.” In 2016, he was a resident scholar at the C.S. Lewis Study Centre (The Kilns) in Oxford, UK. In 2017, Dr. Coupland received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence. His research focuses on classic children’s literature and English grammar instruction. Dr. Coupland served for six years on the board of directors for the Society for Classical Learning and is the former editor of the Society’s Journal. He also served as the associate editor for Arts and Liberty: A Journal on Liberal Arts and Liberal Education.
Grade Level: Grades 5-6
Use: Consumable product
Course Length: Semester