Mosdos Press Literature - Opal - 3rd Grade

Mosdos Press Literature - Opal - 3rd Grade

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Mosdos Literature Opal
Opal integrates language skills with literature for third-grade readers, building on their recently-acquired comprehension and reading fluency skills. Opal includes works by Myron Uhlberg, Ann Cameron, Berniece Freschet, and Russell E. Erickson. More than 15 poems follow thematically-linked prose selections, giving students the opportunity to appreciate poets that include Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, and Langston Hughes.

The Opal bundle consists of a two-book Student Reader, a Student Activity Workbook, and a two-part Teacher’s Edition. The extra student pack includes only the Student Reader and Student Activity Workbook.

Opal includes:

  • 22 short stories
  • 1 play
  • 1 novella
  • 3 biographies
  • 2 nonfiction essays
  • 1 long narrative poem
  • 17 poetry selections
  • Brief author biographies.

  • About Mosdos Literature
    Literature cannot be neutral, but will either clash or harmonize with your family’s values. Mosdos Literature is a complete literature program that does not glamorize evil, nor present subject matter that is not age-appropriate. Neither does it portray as normal a cynical disregard for positive values, but reinforces the universal ideals of courage, honesty, loyalty, and compassion.

    Nearly 2 decades ago Mosdos Press launched a unique literature series that would teach all of the necessary language arts skills through a curriculum that promotes traditional values. Readings are from both classic and contemporary works that are wholesome, and stress both caring for others, and a concern for the natural world.

    Mosdos Literature begins with the Student Reader, which is beautifully illustrated using a generous amount of full color photographs, color drawings, and black-and-white pictures. From the beginning, Mosdos committed to collecting into the Student Readers only the most engaging, morally rich, and intellectually challenging selections of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, the novella, and for the older grades, novels. Before each story in the Student Reader, there is an introduction to the story and an explanation of some facet of literature. That literary focus can include what is a character, theme, internal and external conflicts, setting, climax, foreshadowing, and more. This literary component is developed and illuminated through the stories. Vocabulary words that might be unfamiliar are presented in boxes on the pages where the word first appears in the account. The stories are followed not just by the classic review questions designed to assess reading comprehension, but also by more complex questions that require thoughtful analysis. Every unit – there are several per book – concludes with activities such as writing a short skit, doing a craft, or memorizing a poem. Pick the ones that best suit your child; there are far too many to do them all.

    Next is the consumable and engaging Student Activity Workbook that works to expand the value of the Mosdos curriculum. For nearly every story in the Student Reader, the workbook contains corresponding vocabulary, creative writing, or comprehension questions, while also providing extended reinforcement of the literary elements being taught. These assignments help you to evaluate areas of progress in your child and concepts that might require additional work. The advantage of Mosdos Press is that the literature, vocabulary, and writing components all tie together, giving your child a chance to truly understand what was taught by approaching it in a variety of ways. Student Activity Workbooks vary by grade levels. For younger grades there are more word games and puzzles for vocabulary practice, activities that focus on various language arts skills, and brief composition work. In older grades the puzzles and games gradually decrease while increasing the amount of writing.

    Each Teacher’s Edition is detailed and well-organized. Through great commentary plus questions and answers, the Teacher’s Edition will make lively discussions with your child possible. Homeschooling parents will appreciate that Mosdos Press did not assume any level of expertise or teaching degree when preparing their Teacher Editions, so whether new or experienced, anyone can teach literature. Each page of the Student Reader is duplicated at a smaller size in the Teacher’s Edition, still abundantly easy to read. Information is arranged in the ample margins around these replicated pages, discussing the literary components found in each story with clear, concise explanations. Of course, the Teacher’s Guide also includes the answers for the Student Activity Workbook. This makes teaching a lot easier for every homeschool parent.

    So if you are homeschooling a child in grades three through eight and want a literature program that will encourage wholesome values but you are not comfortable with religious content, Mosdos Press fills this need with academic excellence and thought-provoking selections. The stories are colorful, engaging, and while not religious, they still reflect good precepts.


    Download PDF "Sunflower" Student Edition Sample.
    Download PDF "Daisy" Student Edition Sample.
    Download PDF Student Activity Workbook Sample.
    Download PDF "Sunflower" Teacher's Edition Sample.
    Download PDF "Daisy" Teacher's Edition Sample.

    Literature Bundle Includes:
  • Student Readers
  • Workbook
  • Teacher's Edition

  • Extra Student Pack Includes:
  • Student Readers
  • Workbook

  • Student Readers Only Includes:
  • 2-book Student Reader Set

  • Faith-Based: No

    Student Edition
    Publication Date: 2013
    ISBN: 9780985807832

    Teacher's Edition
    Pages: 615+
    Binding: Spiral-bound in two parts
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    Student Activity Workbook
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    Mosdos Press Literature - Opal - 3rd Grade Review by As They Grow Up

    review by As They Grow Up

    ”We have really been enjoying working through this program. My eight-year old looks forward to reading the stories weekly and actually enjoys the worksheets as well.”

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    Mosdos Press Literature - Opal - 3rd Grade Review by The Learning Momma

    review by The Learning Momma

    ”I can confidently say that Mosdos Press Literature will be our choice for language arts as we go forward as it is such a diverse, vocabulary-rich, fun program that makes kids want to jump in and learn each day.”

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    Mosdos Press Literature - Opal - 3rd Grade Review by The Art Kit

    review by The Art Kit

    ”If you are looking for a quality literature book that will last for years to come, Mosdos Literature is for you! We loved the stories, assignments, and the teacher’s guide provided invaluable resources.”

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    Mosdos Press Literature - Opal - 3rd Grade Review by Mom's Quest to Teach

    review by Mom's Quest to Teach

    ”I would recommend Mosdos Press Literature Opal to families who are homeschooling third graders. I feel it has been a perfect fit so far for our son.”

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 27 reviews
    Cassandra T.

    My daughter is 7 and recently finished All About Reading Level 3. We decided to make the switch to Mosdos based on Timberdoodle’s recommendation. I’m very happy with the curriculum! My daughter loves the stories and the teacher guide gives me everything I need to help her… plus some.

    We also really enjoy that it tells stories from other places in the world.

    I feel like this curriculum is a great tool for teaching reading but also geography and sometimes history.

    We made the switch from All About Reading to Mosdos this yeae

    This was something I was nervous about, but have been pleased with. We follow Timberdoodle’s recommendations on how to use this and have been happy. This has helped my child with understanding concepts in writing (eg topics, main ideas, setting, etc). I like that it incorporates vocabulary as well.


    We are loving this curriculum! My son is a great reader, and loves these stories. We have it set up so that he reads the story independently on Monday and we work on the comprehension questions, then he does 2 pages in the workbook on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I love the vocabulary review in every chapter and I like that there is often creative writing in the chapters too!

    Excellent and adaptable

    Of all the curriculum I started with this year, Mosdos Literature has remained with us. The stories are wonderful, the worksheets are the perfect amount (although we do skip the writing worksheet) and the poetry is always a home run. Even my 6yo, 1st grader listens to all the stories that we read aloud. This is adaptable to the preferences of you and your learner. I personally don’t use the teacher manuals but you can use them to make it as scripted as you need or toss them aside and see where the reading takes you. I will continue with this program as long as it’s available!

    Also the video attached shows my daughter reading a story from the book using her Irish accent.

    Sylvia L.
    Wonderful curriculum

    This is our favorite curriculum we've used in years. The teacher's guide did seem overwhelming at first, but we now break it all down into a 5 day program. I'm thankful for all the well thought out questions in the guide, they sure help me assess whether my son is retaining the content. He is and enjoys the stories. They are beautifully written and lovely illustrations. The work book is great too. Very thoughtful provoking and a diversity among activists. Equally diverse are the stories themselves. My son is learning about other cultures, different adversities, in an honest and uplifting manner.