Literature and Creative Writing

2ND GRADE LEVEL: In this grade students are encouraged to visualize, use their imagination, and give creative responses to questions following one-page stories. Instead of drudgery, reading suddenly becomes a true learning experience, and writing blossoms into a comfortable skill. To round out Grade 2, each PACE provides practice in handwriting and speed reading.

 

3RD GRADE LEVEL: Students in this level gain more practice in critical thinking. Special activities require choosing the best endings for stories, writing story titles, identifying rhyme in poetry, and learning the kinds of books and the parts of books. Character, setting, and plot are emphasized as the student reads specific chapters in the two required resource books— Summer Fun with Ace and Christi and Christians Courageous. Speed reading and handwriting skills are emphasized and practiced.

 

4TH GRADE LEVEL: Grade 4 provides opportunities for students to use their imaginations, to learn dictionary skills, and to practice cursive handwriting. Creative answers are encouraged throughout the course and should be evaluated subjectively. Students learn to put critical thinking skills into action as they draw conclusions and examine ideas attributed to heroes and heroines in the required reading assignments. The six required resources are The Little Green Frog, Saved at Sea, Ace and Christi Series—The Red Rag Riddle, Charlotte’s Web, Children’s Missionary Library, and Choice Stories for Children.

 

5TH GRADE LEVEL: Grade 5 teaches students more about setting, characters, plot, and order in short stories.

Opportunities to paint word pictures with similes and metaphors are provided. Anagrams, analogies, and alliteration are also explored. Students practice reading, observing carefully, and considering facts to find conclusions.

The six required resources are Choice Stories for Children, North to Amaroqvik, Heidi, Ace and Christi Series—Miracle at Camp Friendship, A Dog of Flanders, and Star of Light.

 

6TH GRADE LEVEL: As students complete Level 6, they will read The Fugitive King, Christians with Courage, Alexi’s Secret Mission, Grandpa’s Christmas Gift, Little Pilgrim’s Progress, and Treasures of the Snow. In conjunction with their reading,students will learn and practice many new and useful writing skills. From literary illustrations, they will be guidedto use various literary devices and write original paragraphs of summary; comparison and contrast; cause andeffect; fact and opinion; and exposition, description, persuasion, and narration. They will also see how suchparagraphs develop into larger literary works and, then, use these different formats in their writing of essays.

Biographies and autobiographies along with the writing of news stories are also part of this course.

 

7TH GRADE LEVEL – Basic Literature: These study guides are issued in conjunction with odd-numbered English PACEs. The study guides include comprehension questions, a test, and a composition assignment for each book in the series. The six required resources are George Mueller, D. L. Moody: Greatest Evangelist of the 19th Century, Through Gates of Splendor, By Searching, and The Swiss Family Robinson.

 

8TH GRADE LEVEL – Basic Literature: These study guides are issued in conjunction with odd-numbered English PACEs. The study guides include comprehension questions, a test, and a composition assignment for each book in the series. The six required resources are God’s Adventurer; Little One, Maid of Israel; When Science Fails; Abraham Lincoln; Ann of Ava; and In His Steps.