Primary Literature Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Primary Literature Curriculum

Course Description:

The Primary Literature program for Grades Three and Four, introduces the student to literature in a deeper, more rigorous fashion than a typical reading course.  The course is comprised of classic literature and the lives of saints.  There is a suggested amount of time in which to cover each book.  Parents, possibly with the assistance of the student, are to select the proper number of books to fit into each quarter.  Kolbe has provided suggested grade levels for each work to aid the parent in choosing appropriate books for their student’s grade level in the syllabus.  These are based on maturity level needed for themes present in the work, difficulty of vocabulary, and overall difficulty of the material presented in the work.

A well-rounded literature course for each year includes choices from both the novels and lives of saints.  Each Novel and most of the saint books include weekly written assignment topics.  The Study Question booklets include study questions that are perfect to use for a short quiz after the student has read the daily assignment.  Kolbe Academy has provided an extensive amount of literature to study over the course of 3rd and 4th grade.  As such, students are NOT expected to cover all of the material included in the Primary Literature course.

Course Texts:

  • Primary Literature Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Primary Literature Workbook Study Guide
  • Primary Literature Student Glossary
  • Primary Literature Teacher Manual


  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Betsey and Tacy
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Boxcar Children
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses
  • The Children’s Homer
  • The Cricket in Times Square
  • The Great Brain
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Misty of Chincoteague
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
  • Of Bells and Cells
  • Peter Rabbit Story Collection
  • Pinocchio
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • The Tale of Despereaux
  • Winnie the Pooh

Saint Stories:

  • The Children of Fatima
  • The Little Flower
  • Patron Saint of First Communicants
  • St. John Paul II
  • St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • St. Martin de Porres
  • St. Rose of Lima