6th, 7th, and 8th Grades:
Basic language concepts are taught yearly at each grade level. Each year students use literature anthologies, novels, grammar, and writing to develop their abilities in communication and learning to understand God’s gift of language. The study of spelling and vocabulary are also part of each year’s course of study.
Grammar is woven throughout the literature-based classroom. We focus on the more detailed aspects of grammar and identify and use the parts of writing. Mechanics are reinforced. The correct use of technology in regards to research and citing material is taught. Within the literature we emphasize literary devices and terms. Short story elements are reviewed and identified. Also, Shakespeare is introduced with the play, Romeo and Juliet. Essays are written throughout. Journals and book reports are used along with writing in response to literature. Vocabulary books are also used.
Grammar is woven throughout the literature-based classroom. The grammar portion of this required class focuses on advanced skills in grammar that will aid in the writing process. The literature portion will emphasizes reading novels, plays, and short stories and responding to them in essay form (or other means). Writing focuses on a variety of types of essay writing and style, including persuasion, compare/contrast, description, and research. Vocabulary is reinforced.
In this literature-based course, the juniors are exposed to a number of classic authors and novels. Students begin writing analysis essays, and we work to enhance their writing skills throughout the class. We review grammar and timed writings for the ACT/SAT. Students incorporate multiple genres, including poetry, into a writing piece. Vocabulary is taught.
The goal is to be college ready. Analysis essays and writing are heavily emphasized while reading novels. Students write resumes and cover letters and participate in practice job interviews. Preparing college scholarship essays is also incorporated. A research paper with presentation is the culmination of this class.
This intense class is taught from the official A.P. English Language and Composition framework and benchmarks acknowledged by the College Board, and the material covered includes non-fiction, short stories, novels, and plays. The students taking this class are preparing for the A.P. test that offers up to 6 college credit hours depending on the final score (credit is determined by each college/university). Although it is highly encouraged, taking the test is not a requirement for this class. Students may take the class and receive English credit on their high school transcript without taking the final test in the spring. The skills learned in this college level class include high-level thinking skills, college-ready writing skills, and important communication skills.
This required class serves as an introduction to public speaking. Skills such as outlining, vocal expression, facial expression, and writing introductions and conclusions are emphasized. Speech types that are studied are informative, persuasive, impromptu, and “how to” speeches. Students also present a children's Bible lesson. Speech students participate in chapels and assemblies by introducing various speakers.
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