Upper School Language Arts

6th GRADE                          

READING

Reading 6 engages students with a variety of character-building stories and classic literature selections. An emphasis on literary elements, higher-level thinking skills, and vocabulary enrichment provides a bridge to junior high literature classes.

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ENGLISH

English 6 emphasizes traditional grammar as well as practice with essential reference skills. The elementary English educational materials provides a step-by-step introduction to the Writing Process for eight different types of writing assignments, such as personal narratives, newspaper editorials, historical fiction, and limericks.

                          

 

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                       7th GRADE

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WRITING

The purpose of this course is to help students become better readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers.  These essential life skills spill over into every other content area and, most importantly, into the world beyond the classroom.  To this end, students will read, discuss, and analyze various novels, short stories, and poetry; they will learn about and apply the structural and stylistic techniques important for good writing; and they will learn how to effectively organize and communicate information orally.

 

 

 

 

GRAMMAR

Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

 

 

 

BOOK LIST

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

 

 

 


                       8th GRADE

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WRITING

The purpose of this course is to help students become better readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers.  These essential life skills spill over into every other content area and, most importantly, into the world beyond the classroom.  To this end, students will read, discuss, and analyze various novels, short stories, and poetry; they will learn about and apply the structural and stylistic techniques important for good writing; and they will learn how to effectively organize and communicate information orally.

 

 

 

GRAMMAR

Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

 

 

BOOK LIST

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

 


                       9TH - 12TH GRADE

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This high school level course will focus primarily on developing the writing and analytical skills necessary for students to succeed in college or career.  Using IEW writing techniques, students will learn how to craft well thought out essays, conduct useful research, take succinct notes, annotate literature, and prepare effective speeches.  Students will read, analyze, and discuss classic novel selections, short stories, and poetry in light of a Christian worldview.