The Treasure Trove of Literature and the Art of Understanding It, Level 2

Literature & Reading Comprehension

Literature, Grade 5

Lead your student to understand and love literature with this hands-on, Catholic program! The easy-to-use program guides the student through The Wizard of Oz, Madeleine Takes Command, The Borrowers, Misty of Chincoteague, and The Magician’s Nephew.


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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 homeschool parent, The Treasure Trove of Literature, Level 2 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 virtuous character quality and 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

Recommended for grades 5-8. 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 Fifth Grade.

The Treasure Trove of Literature, Level 2 includes detailed studies of the following five books:

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780345335906
While reading about Dorothy’s marvelous adventures in the land of Oz, the student will review essential literary analysis skills.
Genre: Fantasy
Featured Literary Element: Setting
Main Literary Devices: Irony, Symbolism, Mood, Simile, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia, Flashback, Puns, Polysyndeton

Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9781883937171
This gripping and inspiring tale is based on a true account of colonial French Canada in the 1690s. The student will fill out a plot map of the story in order to study the five parts of a mountain plot.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Featured Literary Element: Plot (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution)
Main Literary Devices: Building Suspense, Foreshadowing, Imagery, Idioms

The Borrowers by Mary Norton—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780152047375
This classic novel about tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor provides the opportunity to explore character, point of view, and perspective.
Genre: Fantasy
Featured Literary Element: Characters
Main Literary Devices: Point of View, Characters’ Perspectives, Literary Perspective, Connotation and Denotation, Symbolism

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry—25 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9781416927839
In this beloved story of a brother and sister’s efforts to capture, buy, and train a legendary wild horse, the student will learn about symbolism and theme by exploring lessons about family and freedom.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Featured Literary Element: Theme
Main Literary Devices: Symbolism, Reverse Personification, Irony, Simile

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis—25 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780064409438 (Full-Color Collector’s Edition)
This exciting prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe explains how the land of Narnia was created. The book study focuses on allegory, the theme of good vs. evil, and the concept of cause and effect in literature and life.
Genre: Fantasy
Featured Literary Elements: Setting, Characters, Plot, and Theme
Main Literary Devices: Cause and Effect in Literature, Symbolism, Allegory, Mood, Congeries, Irony

Product Code: TTL2-G
Format: Softcover
Binding: Spiral binding
Page Count: 278 pages
Dimensions: 8.5”×11”
ISBN: 9781946207371
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: TTL2-N
Format: Softcover
Binding: Spiral binding
Page Count: 270 pages
Dimensions: 8.5”×11”
ISBN: 9781946207388
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 son LOVED reading the Wizard of Oz. He made the brochure, which we both enjoyed!” —Margaret, NY

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.

Photo submitted by Jessica, Canada.

My daughter did a great job presenting her fort project on Madeleine Takes Command to our family. Thank you, Catholic Heritage Curricula for your wonderful Treasure Trove of Literature series. It is one of her favourite homeschool subjects!

Photo submitted by Michele, OH.

My middle schooler has found a love for reading and gained much more fluency in his vocabulary with this program. He has also gained creative wings. The projects have made all the difference in the world. We have had sooo much fun with Treasure Trove, Level 2.

“Notebooking and drawing each chapter of The Wizard of Oz.” —Luzaideth, FL

My middle schooler completed the first Treasure Trove of Literature last year, and is working on the second course this year. Although CHC has the program for students in lower grades, it is a good fit for my son. He is an avid reader; the program has exposed him to a variety of genres, taught him literary terms, and helped him to express his comprehension through answering questions and drawing illustrations. Very well done!

“My daughters completed their forts after reading Madeleine Takes Command from Treasure Trove of Literature 2.” —Andrea, GA

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!

“My daughter made all green snacks to share with her siblings for her study of The Wizard of Oz!” —Margaret, NY

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!

"My son became an avid reader with the Treasure Trove series. I am truly thankful." —Luzaideth, FL

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!

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