English

1ST GRADE LEVEL: The first grade English material reviews consonant and vowel sounds and introduces reading and writing of word families and sentences. As the child develops reading comprehension skills, he finds satisfaction and success in reading, writing, and spelling.

 

2ND GRADE LEVEL: Your child is introduced to punctuation and parts of speech. He also studies word meanings and order, compound words, and rhyming words. The curriculum develops visual discrimination and increases reading comprehension skills.

 

3RD GRADE LEVEL: This grade concentrates on verbal skills. The material covers types of sentences, parts of speech, confusing word pairs, and simple punctuation. Cursive writing is emphasized so that the student may achieve penmanship excellence. The child expands his knowledge of poems and rhyming words, and creative writing is encouraged.

 

4TH GRADE LEVEL: This grade covers three basic sentence types with an emphasis on usage and the writing process. The student studies nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech along with more confusing word pairs. The material touches on proper telephone manners and writing friendly and business letters.

 

5TH GRADE LEVEL: Grade 5 includes exercises and review of capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure. The eight parts of speech are covered more extensively as well as synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and heteronyms. The student learns sentence diagraming, agreement of subject and verb, conjugation, and sentence elements. Letter writing and dictionary work are also a part of this course.

 

6TH GRADE LEVEL: The student continues studying grammar concepts and developing skills in sentence diagraming. There is special emphasis on sentence patterns, clauses, and kinds of sentences.

The material reviews punctuation, outlining, letter writing, and paragraph structure and writing. The student learns to express himself clearly and must apply principles of composition learned earlier.

 

7TH GRADE LEVEL: Students continue to work at identifying, reviewing, and diagraming simple, compound, and complex sentence patterns. They review principal parts of regular and irregular verbs.

Verb study involves perfect tenses as well as conjugation of all six tenses. Progressive verb forms, troublesome verbs, transitive and intransitive verbs are studied as well. Noun and pronoun study becomes more intense. Infinitives, participles, and gerunds are introduced. Writing skills are expanded through sentence variety, outlining, paragraph and composition writing, and proofreading.

 

8TH GRADE LEVEL: Sentence patterns and parts continue to be emphasized. Action and linking verbs are reviewed, as well as verb tenses, conjugations, and progressive form, and the emphatic mood.

Diagraming concentrates on pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, and sentence patterns. The student continues to develop writing skills, which include topic sentences, outlining, and paragraph development. He learns to recognize sentence fragments and run-on sentences and is guided in writing several short biographical sketches.

 

9TH GRADE LEVEL – English I: In this course your students will enjoy learning about the history of the English language. They will also be challenged by the comprehensive review of grammar—including emphasis on basic sentence patterns and the eight parts of speech—review and practice of punctuation and capitalization along with verb conjugations. Writing skills are again emphasized as students are encouraged to think analytically and to write with clarity. This grade includes an in-depth study of two literature books, The Swiss Family Robinson and Twice Freed. Basic Literature 9 is available for optional use with this course.

 

10TH GRADE LEVEL – English II: Give your students experience in several areas of writing. This course begins with an intensive study of the four kinds of paragraphs and practice writing each. From there, students move on to biography and autobiography, with a detailed reading and study of God’s Tribesman and The Hiding Place providing examples. The course also includes poetic forms and poetry appreciation, but students especially enjoy and are challenged by the study of various types of newspaper articles and techniques for writing them. Also included is practical application of library skills—how to locate and use the fiction section, reference books, and the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature.

Grammar is again an integral part of this course, and special emphasis is placed on correct sentence structure and noun and verb functions, including verbals.

 

11TH GRADE LEVEL – English III (American Literature): How has America’s history affected its literature? Students find out as they follow the chronological presentation of American literature in this course. Included are

Christian writers whose works are not found in most other American literature courses. Students learn how to evaluate an author’s philosophy and style. Appropriate writing activities provide challenging experiences in various writing genres.

Each unit incorporates a review of grammar. Emphasis and detailed instruction is given in essay writing. Research paper preparation is explained and visualized as a step-by-step process.

 

12TH GRADE LEVEL – English IV (English Literature): Do your students know what constitutes good literature? They will learn as they complete our 12th grade English course. All twelve PACEs provide examples and analysis of the best literature from various writers and literary periods of British literature. Students learn how to evaluate a writer’s style and technique and find reading of classical works enriching and enlightening. Along with reading comes opportunity for self-expression as students write summaries, comparisons, contrasts, sketches, and evaluations.

Grammar is an integral part of the course with thorough review of parts of speech, sentence structure, and proper usage. Most unique is that the text for grammar exercises provides the biblical perspective of life principles. Writing skills are covered along with basics of speech preparation and presentation.