The ESL A Literature course strives to accelerate the academic language learning of ELL students by teaching them how to learn more effectively and efficiently. The Shining Star series provides thematic and challenging content-based language development units. Readings are from contemporary literature, classic literature, social studies textbooks, and science textbooks. The book uses the Cognitive Academic Language learning Approach (CALLA) as a framework for all lessons. The focus is on providing students with the tools to be able to think critically. A student workbook contains skill-building activities for vocabulary, grammar, usage, mechanics, and writing.