School Year 2019

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LANGUAGE ARTS

Core Elementary Language Arts 

Elementary language arts includes hands-on lessons, games, activities, and practice in phonics or spelling, grammar, handwriting, creative expression, literature concepts, reading, critical thinking and vocabulary. 

 

Elementary Language Levels

Kindergarten

Letters and sounds, Handwriting, oral communication skills, creative expression, literary concepts, and critical thinking.

Beginners

Phonics readiness and ongoing assessments, introductory phonics, phonics lessons, introductory grammar, handwriting, oral communication skills, creative expression, vocabulary, literatary concepts, and critical thinking.  

Basics 

Advanced phonics and spelling, grammar, handwriting, oral communication skills, creative expression, story telling, journaling, vocabulary, literature concepts, reading, and critical thinking.

Intermediate

Spelling, grammar, literature, critical thinking, handwriting, creative expression, research, public speaking practice, book creation, story telling, journaling, and collaborative language-based projects.

Middle and High School English

 

Middle School language arts encompasses a variety of practices, projects and assignments chosen for their high interest to students, leading to mastery of communication through the spoken and written word.  

Creative expression, reading of quality literature, literary elements and analysis, grammar, vocabulary, critical thinking, reasoning, research, collaborative projects, and public speaking are all included in our literature based language arts classes.

 

 

Middle School English I

At this level, we help students learn the skills necessary to complete assignments independently. Student practice the steps to writing sentences, paragraphs, papers, and reports. This includes brain storming, outlining, researching information, writing, and editing their writing projects with help as they move towards independence. Literature, handwriting practice, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, oral communication, and critical thinking are also part of our English courses.   

Middle School English II

At this level, students can complete assignments independently so the focus is on improving their writing and editing skills. They complete a variety of writing practices using story telling techniques, practicing grammar and editing, and beginning to write essays. Literature, vocabulary, critical thinking, research, and public speaking are also in the rotation of skills.

High School Humanities

Students are introduced to a variety of classic and modern genres and authors in order to read, analyze, understand, and appreciate a wide range of literature and history, not just for its own sake but also to become familiar with works and topics that are typically part of a high school education.  History is covered using print, podcast, video, and primary source materials, with the focus on influential people, politics, events, differing viewpoints, and culturally relevant topics in each era studied.  Students practice essay writing, including compare and contrast, narrative writing,  expository,  writing thesis statements, documenting sources, paraphrasing, and viewpoint. Also included as needed, grammar, media literacy, and critical thinking.

Student completing this course receive 1 credit each for History and English on their transcript.

Our teachers create their own curriculum although here are some resources we have used over the years to reinforce lessons or for practice:

Critical Thinking Company

Spelling Power

Sequential Spelling

Razzle Dazzle

Sonlight Readers

Sonlight Literature

Brave Writer

Writing Strands

Wordsmith

Handwriting Without Tears

Writing for Learning Handwriting

Explode the Code

Jolly Phonics

Scaredy Cat Reading Systems

Winston Grammar

Grammar Ace