The Treasure Trove of Literature and the Art of Understanding It, Level 4

Literature & Reading Comprehension


Literature, Grade 7

Lead your student to understand and love literature with this hands-on, Catholic program! The easy-to-use program guides the student through The Bronze Bow, The Miracle Worker, A Christmas Carol, Banner in the Sky, and The Fellowship of the Ring.

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

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

The Treasure Trove of Literature, Level 4 includes:

  • Vocabulary assignments
  • Reading comprehension questions
  • Oral narration assignments
  • Literary elements: setting, character, plot, and theme
  • Literary devices (subplots, types of conflicts, dramatic irony, and more)
  • Literary Connections (studies in geography, history, music, and more referenced in the readings)
  • Weekly questions for individual or group discussion
  • Five studies of virtuous character qualities and saintly role models
  • Weekly hands-on activities
  • A final project for each book
  • Removable answer key, including a detailed parent’s guide to discussion questions

Level 4 continues the approach taken in Level 3 by challenging students to practice the skills needed to read and understand works of literature on their own. To encourage independent study, all instructions are directed to the student.

Note: while Level 4 asks students to look up their own vocabulary words, an exception is made for A Christmas Carol, which contains many archaic terms and idioms. Extensive notes and definitions are provided to help the student understand archaic and idiomatic terms and historical allusions. (Click View Samples above to see sample pages from the study guide for A Christmas Carol.)

Recommended for grades 7-9. 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 Seventh Grade.

The Treasure Trove of Literature, Level 4 includes detailed studies of the following five books:

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780395137192
After the Romans kill his father, young Daniel is filled with a desire for revenge. His encounter with Jesus forces him to choose between hatred and love.
Genre: Historical Fiction and Coming-of-Age Story
Main Literary Devices: Methods of Characterization, Perspective, Plot, Parable, Internal and External Conflicts, Symbolism, Stereotypes, Theme

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson—20 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9781416590842
This three-act play dramatizes the inspiring true story of how Annie Sullivan taught Helen Keller—blind, deaf, and mute—how to communicate. The study guide teaches students how to read and understand plays.
Genre: Drama
Main Literary Devices: Stage Directions, Direct and Indirect Characterization, Flashback, Types of Conflict (Character vs. Self, etc.), Theme, Subplot, Motif

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens—20 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9781612618395
An encounter with four spirits prompts Ebenezer Scrooge to convert from selfishness to generosity. Extensive notes and definitions are provided to help the student understand archaic and idiomatic terms and historical allusions.
Genre: Christmas Ghost Story
Main Literary Devices: Theme, Mood, Synecdoche, Polysyndeton, Congeries, Personification, Onomatopoeia, Authorial Intrusion, Dramatic Irony, Symbolism

Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman—30 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780064470483
As Rudi Matt attempts to climb the unconquered Citadel, he also learns how to be a “man among men” and a true mountain guide like his father. The student will fill out a plot map of the story to review the five parts of a mountain plot.
Genre: Adventure and Coming-of-Age Story
Main Literary Devices: Narrator, Perspective, Conflict, Cliffhanger, Plot Twist, Theme, Mountain Plot, Foreshadowing, Moment of Realization, Poetic Justice

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien—50 lessons
Recommended Edition: ISBN 9780358380238
In this first volume of The Lord of the Rings, Frodo the hobbit sets out to save the free world from the power of the Dark Lord by destroying the One Ring.
Genre: Fantasy and Epic
Main Literary Devices: Setting, Conflict, Theme, Contrast, Characterization, Dialect, Euphony and Cacophony, Connotation and Denotation, Proverb

Product Code: TTL4
Format: Softcover
Binding: Spiral binding
Page Count: 428 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9781946207517
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, 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: It’s important to get the recommended edition of The Miracle Worker so that the page numbers will be the same. For all the other books (The Bronze Bow, A Christmas Carol, Banner in the Sky, and The Fellowship of the Ring), it doesn’t make a difference what editions you use, so long as they are unabridged.

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!
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!
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!
The Treasure Trove of Literature series is our favorite curriculum that my family has used over the years because it not only has comprehension, but also teaches about the book and literary analysis. Thank you for doing this!
I absolutely love The Treasure Trove of Literature. As my daughter works through it, I watch her internalize the lessons and grow in virtue and faith.

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