Total Language Plus is an innovative language arts curriculum focused on critical thinking and communication skills.

Download our Catalog and Teacher's Manual!

Focus Guides

Focus Guides center on specific character traits and/or writing skills.  Some use extensive scripture.  All take approximately 3 weeks to complete.  The lessons do not include vocabulary or spelling worksheets; neither do they list optional activities such as field trips or hands-on suggestions found in our regular study guides. The listed titles are not available as study guides; these are Focus Guides only.  An * by the writing description indicates the guide includes detailed writing instruction.

Visit our online catalog for more focus guides.

Animal Farm

Grades: high school (British literature)
Focus: discernment
Writing:  opinion essays, character analysis, critical thinking
Author’s skills:  point of view, symbolism

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

Ben and Me

Grades:  4th – 6th
Focus:  imagination
Writing:  paragraphs, expressing opinions
Author’s skills:  creativity

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Grades:  6th – 8th
Focus:  descriptive writing; identity
*Writing:  strong words, thesaurus

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

The Door in the Wall

Grades:  6th – 8th
Focus:  perseverance
*Writing:  report (step-by-step)
Scripture: memorization regarding perseverance and trials

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

Dragon’s Blood

Grades:  7th – 9th
Focus:  creating a story-world; redemption
*Writing:  similes, metaphors, and strong verbs

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Grades:  4th – 6th
Focus:  letter writing
*Writing:  business, friendly letters, and envelopes

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

The Good Earth

Grades: 9th – 12th
Focus: Ecclesiastes
*Writing: critical thinking, character analysis

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Grades:  5th – 8th
Focus:  survival
*Writing:  essays using 5-step approach; similes, metaphors; descriptions
Scripture:  memorization of short proverbs

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

Out of the Dust

Grades:  6th – 8th
Focus:  understanding poetry
*Writing:  poetry, literary devices such as alliteration, assonance, consonance, etc.

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

The Phantom Tollbooth

Grades:  6th – 8th
Focus:  “Rhyme and Reason”
*Writing:  essays using 5-step approach
Author’s skills:  humor
Scripture:  memorization of short proverbs

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.

The Screwtape Letters

Grades:  10th – 12th
Focus:  Christian apologetics
*Writing:  theology, critical thinking, persuasive writing

Shop for the novel.

Shop for the study guide.