A well rounded Language Arts class includes three integral components: Literature, Writing, and Grammar/Vocabulary. Utilizing quality curriculum to achieve proficiency in these areas, students will develop skills with the following focus:
Literature and Writing: Skills developed:
- How to Read a Book: Instructions for reading analytically, approaching challenging literature, things to consider while reading fiction or poetry, literary definitions of comedy and tragedy, facing challenging ideas, annotating, and questions to consider as you read.
- How to Write an Essay: A look at the writing process, including mind mapping, thesis statements, topic sentence outlines, and helpful resources. Writing layouts will include:
Historical Approach Paper
MLA Format Model
- Discerning Worldview through Literary Periods: An explanation of how literary periods can provide a key to discerning an author’s worldview, along with a brief look at six major literary periods.
Text: Excellence in Literature -Introduction to Literature: English 1 ($29)
Grammar:The Magic Lens grammar program is designed to break the barriers of traditional instruction in grammar. Rather than repeating the Big Myth, that grammar is a boring, remedial, unteachable subject, The Magic Lens confirms grammar is an exciting form of higher order thinking about language, and a subject that is perfectly teachable.
The Magic Lens provides a compacted approach, presenting all four levels of traditional grammar (parts of speech, parts of sentence, phrases, and clauses) in the first weeks of school. It is not a grammar unit; it is a grammar launch. Once the grammar is put in place, The Magic Lens provides a wide array of grammar experiences that enhance students’ understanding for the rest of the year, and that lets them apply their four levels of grammar to all other language arts experiences.
Text: Magic Lens I, Third Edition: Student Manual, $25
English From the Roots Up! Volume 1is a creative, interactive, hands-on approach to vocabulary! What better way to retain the learning of new words? Using index cards, a file box, and a good dictionary, this approach is a welcome departure from the typical workbook fare. And, subtitled: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling and S.A.T. Scores, it‘s obvious from looking at this book that it would, indeed, do just that! How? By teaching the roots of the English language found in Greek and Latin. Since the majority of our words are rooted in these classical languages, mastering these roots is a key that will open the door to understanding a myriad of words.
Text: English from the Roots Up, Vol. 1: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and S.A.T. Scores, $21.95