Number the Stars, A Christmas Carol, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Pearl, Romeo and Juliet, Out of the Dust, and The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe.
4+ hours per week
To prepare the student for high school study, this course will serve as an introduction to literature and composition. To that end, the content of the course will include mastery of literary terms through literary analysis; mastery of new vocabulary terms; the grammar of the different types and models of writing including persuasion, exposition, description, narration, and poetry. Students will master the basics of the five paragraph essay, and improve their writing style through the use of varied sentence construction, transitional words, precise vocabulary, and concise sentences. Critical thinking and speaking skills will be improved via Socratic Circle discussions as well as the use of position and supported argument in both verbal discussion and written work. Students will frequently work collaboratively on class projects, providing them with opportunities to improve their interactions and accountability with peers. Progeny Press Study Guides, Jump In! by Apologia, and Christian Light Education Reading Grade 8 will provides the basis for coursework. Parents will be expected to check homework assignments.
Assigned summer reading and writing assignment will be submitted on the first day of class. Plan on 8-10 homework hours for the summer assignment.