The Treasure Trove of Literature and the Art of Understanding It, Level 1

Literature & Reading Comprehension

Literature, Grade 4

Lead your student to understand and love literature with this hands-on, Catholic program! The easy-to-use program guides the student through Little House in the Big Woods, The Father Brown Reader, Minn of the Mississippi, The Winged Watchman, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


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An Easy-to-Use Literature Program with Hands-On Activities 

This easy-to-use program consists of a GUIDEBOOK and NOTEBOOK teaching students to understand, enjoy, and be enriched by five classic works of children’s literature:

Written by a homeschooling parent, The Treasure Trove of Literature, Level 1 includes:

  • Vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension questions
  • Literary elements: setting, character, plot, and theme
  • Literary devices and figures of speech (alliteration, irony, similes, and more)
  • Character analysis
  • Weekly questions for individual or group discussion
  • Weekly study of a positive character quality and a saintly role-model
  • Weekly games, projects, and activities
  • Final project for each book

Designed for independent study—no prior literary knowledge needed from the parent! To encourage independent study, all instructions are directed to the student. 

Removable parent resources include: 

  • complete answer key
  • detailed guide to discussion questions
  • guide to each major character in the books

Recommended for grades 4-7. The program is designed to be completed in one year, but it could be completed over a longer period. A daily schedule for this program is available in CHC Lesson Plans for Fourth Grade.

The Treasure Trove of Literature, Level 1 includes detailed studies of the following five books:

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder—20 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780060581800 (Full-Color Collector’s Edition)
The relatively easy reading level of this book gives the student a chance to learn essential literary analysis skills at the beginning of the course.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Featured Literary Element: Setting
Main Literary Devices: Simile, Personification, Onomatopoeia, How-to Writing, Descriptive Writing

The Father Brown Reader by G.K. Chesterton and Nancy Brown—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780976638674
Four classic mystery stories teach about suspense, foreshadowing, and other literary devices. The featured literary element, character, is explored through analysis of multiple unique characters in order to solve the mystery.
Genre: Mystery, Short Story
Featured Literary Element: Characters
Main Literary Devices: Dialect, Oxymoron, Foreshadowing, Suspense, Alliteration, Hyperbole, Irony, Anaphora

Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780395273999
A living book about a snapping turtle named Minn provides practice in reading for information as well as understanding literary devices. To study the literary element of plot, the student will record plot points to compile a complete plot map of the story. Note that because of the author’s dense writing style, only a few pages of reading are assigned per lesson.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Living Book
Featured Literary Element: Plot
Main Literary Devices: Metaphor, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, Personification, Dialogue, Irony, Dialect

The Winged Watchman by Hilda van Stockum—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9781883937072
Historical fiction by renowned Catholic author Hilda van Stockum recounts the gripping tale of a Dutch family in World War II. The student will learn about symbolism and theme by exploring lessons about bravery, suffering, and God’s providential care.
Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction
Featured Literary Element: Theme
Main Literary Devices: Symbolism, Simile, Personification, Vivid Details, Idiom, Metaphor, Dialogue, Descriptive Writing, Hyperbole, Irony

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis—25 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780064409421 (Full-Color Collector’s Edition)
To conclude the course, the student will use his knowledge of all four literary elements to delve into the profound allegorical meaning of this masterpiece.
Genre: Fantasy
Featured Literary Elements: Setting, Character, Plot, and Theme
Main Literary Devices: Symbolism, Allegory, Cause and Effect, Making Inferences, Onomatopoeia, Simile, Personification, Foreshadowing

Product Code: TTL1-G
Format: Softcover
Binding: Spiral binding
Page Count: 312 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9781946207258
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? No, purchase one per family.
Answer key: A removable answer key is included in the back of the book.

Product Code: TTL1-N
Format: Softcover
Binding: Spiral binding
Page Count: 282 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9781946207265
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: A removable answer key is included in the back of the book.

Roxanna Hebson, M.A., has dedicated herself to homeschooling since 2009. Originally from Florida, she now lives in Colorado with her husband and their four children. She earned a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of West Florida. She has enjoyed leading literature and writing classes through various homeschool groups. In particular, Roxanna loves combining hands-on activities with rich literary experiences.

Q: Do  you offer a single-subject lesson plan for The Treasure Trove of Literature?

A: Currently, there is no single-subject lesson plan available for The Treasure Trove of Literature because it is fairly simple to schedule on your own. There is a suggested schedule in the introduction to the Treasure Trove Guidebook and Notebook, and it is easy to divide up the lessons into one lesson per day.

Q: Is it all right to use different editions of the literature books?

A: The Treasure Trove of Literature assigns the reading by chapter as often as possible, so in all but a few instances it doesn’t make a difference what edition you use, so long as it is unabridged.

“My daughter was a late and reluctant reader. We started using CHC’s Literature program and now she is finally enjoying the journey.” —Pamela, TX

This program is exceptional! My daughter is captivated, and even I have learned a few things about literary elements that I had never before considered. The chosen books have been wonderful, and every day my boys who are younger demanded I re-read Minn of the Mississippi after my daughter had read it. It held all attentions from ages 3-9.

“My son very much enjoyed Little House in the Big Woods - he completed his diorama this weekend!” —Margaret, NY

Holy cow, Treasure Trove is so much fun! My 4th grader got into a reading spurt after Minn of the Mississippi! He had to read Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and more chapter books! Huge accomplishment!

"For his literature class, my son made this steamboat out of cardboard and an origami turtle he likes to call Minn!" —Luzaideth, FL

My son absolutely loves The Treasure Trove of Literature, Level 1. My son never wanted to try new types of books until now. The fact that he draws an illustration for each chapter makes a huge difference, I think. He doesn't mind answering the questions since he can draw pictures as well.

Little House in the Big Woods Diorama. My daughter had such a fun time working on this project!” —Margaret, NY

We absolutely love the Treasure Trove series. As a parent I was worried about how to teach literature to my children and I can truly say this is a lifesaver. It includes a great variety of the classic books, review questions, and projects and I love how it is separated into very easy and non-overwhelming workload for both parents and students. It has made my stress about teaching this subject nonexistent!

“My son really enjoyed making his diorama of Little House in the Big Woods.” —Michele, OH

I have been homeschooling my 6 kids for 6 years now. This is the absolute best reading curriculum I have ever found!! I've bought and tried probably close to 30 different reading comprehension programs. This one is the most well done and age appropriate that I have ever encountered. If you buy only one thing from Catholic Heritage Curricula, this should be it!

“We made Hasty Pudding with Maple Syrup from activities for Little House in the Big Woods.” —Linda, CO

We have completed Treasure Trove, Level 1 and half of Level 2, and this literature curriculum is one-of-a-kind fantastic. I find the discussion questions, virtue study and hands-on activities so helpful in bringing the books to life for the kids.

“Diorama and more on Little House in the Big Woods.” —Luzaideth, FL

I have been homeschooling my niece and nephew for three years now and they both absolutely LOVE your Treasure Trove of Literature series. They are exceptionally well done, I love the tie-ins to our faith, they teach literature in a wonderful and engaging way, and they make complex concepts very easy to understand for students. It's also exceptionally easy to use from the teacher perspective. Five stars for this series!

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