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High School English Courses

English 3
Suggested Age

13-15 years

 

Prerequisite

ENGLISH 2, or consent of the instructor based on student’s writing sample

 

Purpose

After reviewing the benchmarks of ENGLISH 2, this class goes a step further by introducing:

 

  • Advanced style techniques for mature word choice and sentence structure

  • Nine most common types of paragraph and how to write them effectively

  • Transition techniques to make paragraphs seamless

 

Process

The first semester emphasizes:

  • Three-paragraph compositions

  • Creative writing with structure

  • Note-taking from class lectures

 

The second semester covers:

  • Literary analysis, covering classic short stories and an in-depth unit on the Old Testament’s book of Esther

  • Original narratives inspired by the short stories read aloud in class

We continue our fascinating study of vocabulary through common English roots. Students learn to recognize the roots not only in these new sets of words, but also in any other words they come across. While this practice is highly recommended by PSAT and SAT to improve performance on their exams, our prime objective is to raise the caliber of word choice in their own writing. The vocabulary program features:

  • Another 165 common English roots (330 total, between ENGLISH 2 and ENGLISH 3)

  • Charts to be filled out on each list, involving definitions, roots, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, and antonyms

  • The students’ own original, descriptive sentences using their new words

  • Spelling tests administered by the parent-teacher

  • An end-of-the-year English Roots competition done Jeopardy-style

Parental Responsibilities

Each week parents are asked to oversee the completion of the following key-based assignments and grade them accordingly:

 

  • Spelling test over the student’s weekly vocabulary words

  • Vocabulary chart (a digital copy of chart keys are available from www.pahlowsenglish.com for $4.99) and corresponding sentences

  • Minor Punctuation pages assigned on the weekly lesson plan (keys are included in the back of the Jensen’s Punctuation text)

 

These grades should then be recorded on a Weekly Grade Report slip and submitted in the student’s folder.  Please include the student’s name, correct week number, and a parent’s signature.  A master copy of these slips is provided in the introductory pages of the student workbook from which subsequent copies should be made.

 

Students will be writing original sentences using their vocabulary words.  If needed, One Day Academy teachers are available to guide and assist parents in grading these assignments.

 

Compositions should be completed according to the rubrics provided in the student workbook and submitted to the student’s One Day Academy teacher for grading.

Curriculum/Materials
English 4
Suggested Age

16-17 years

 

Prerequisites

ENGLISH 3, or consent of the instructor based on student’s writing sample

 

Purpose

After reviewing the benchmarks of ENGLISH 3, this class will master the following:

 

  • Essay formats that translate to any subject, including the SAT

  • An advanced note-taking technique to prepare them for the rigors of college

 

Process

The first semester emphasizes:

  • Five-paragraph compositions

  • Informative, persuasive, and timed essays

  • Note-taking from a live lecture

  • A research paper that aligns with our worldviews of literature study

 

The second semester includes:

  • A worldview tour of American literature, covering the Christians, Deists, Transcendentalists, Realists, and Existentialists

  • In-class essay exams over the authors, their philosophies, and their works

 

ENGLISH 4 marks the culmination of our study of vocabulary through English roots. Having learned to recognize the roots in their lists from ENGLISH 2 and 3, students will now hunt down the roots, prefixes, and suffixes of their new words themselves. The objective is to train them to independently break down any new vocabulary word into discernable parts and use them to figure out the basic meaning of the word. This practice is highly recommended by PSAT and SAT to improve performance on their exams. The weekly vocabulary component features:

  • Charts to be filled out on each list, involving definitions, roots, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, and antonyms

  • The students’ own original, descriptive sentences using their new words

  • Spelling tests administered by the parent-teacher

  • Comprehensive lists of ENGLISH 2 and ENGLISH 3 roots, prefixes, and suffixes provided to aid their study

Parental Responsibilities

Each week parents are asked to oversee the completion of the following key-based assignments and grade them accordingly:

 

  • Spelling test over the student’s weekly vocabulary words

  • Vocabulary chart (a digital copy of chart keys are available from www.pahlowsenglish.com for $4.99) and corresponding sentences

 

These grades should then be recorded on a Weekly Grade Report slip and submitted in the student’s folder.  Please include the student’s name, correct week number, and a parent’s signature.  A master copy of these slips is provided in the introductory pages of the student workbook from which subsequent copies should be made.

 

Students will be writing original sentences using their vocabulary words.  If needed, One Day Academy teachers are available to guide and assist parents in grading these assignments.

 

Compositions should be completed according to the rubrics provided in the student workbook and submitted to the student’s One Day Academy teacher for grading.

Curriculum/Materials
English 5 - Thesis & Rhetoric
Suggested Age

16-18 years

 

Prerequisite

    •  ENGLISH 4, or consent of the instructor based on student’s writing sample
    •  Highly recommended for college-bound seniors

 

Purpose

In this course students will:

     •  Acquire a working knowledge of the theory and the vocabulary of rhetoric.
     •  Further recognize and develop the techniques of argument (via logic).
     •  Analyze the ethos, pathos and logos of any persuasive speech or essay.
     •  Research, write, and present a Senior Thesis using the five canons of rhetoric.
     •  Hone speaking skills and gain confidence as they speak weekly in front of the class.
     •  Learn to critically evaluate other rhetors.

 

Process

According to Aristotle, rhetoric is defined as the faculty of discovering all the available means of persuasion in any given situation whatever. Simply put, rhetoric is the art of persuasion.

 

When early rhetoricians observed that certain orators were effective and others were not, they developed a set of precepts for successful communication known today as the art of rhetoric. In this course students will not only explore the theory and the vocabulary of rhetoric, but more importantly how to employ these foundational principles effectively.

 

This is the most rigorous and demanding, rewarding and beneficial course offered in ODA’s English sequence.

 

Curriculum/Materials

 

American Literature
Suggested Age

15-17

 

Prerequisite

ENGLISH 3 or equivalent, or upon instructor’s approval of writing sample

 

Purpose

This course parallels One Day Academy’s American History course, with the first semester emphasizing the literature of time period surrounding the Civil War; the second semester, the inherent strength and eventual decline of traditional Christian morality, along with its unwelcome consequences.
Class lectures, discussions, and assignments on the selected works will include:

  • An overview of the history of the time period and its predominant worldviews

  • An explanation of the authors, their backgrounds, and personal worldviews

  • An analysis of the work itself: theme, conflict, literary devices, vocabulary, and impact

  • An interactive forum relating themes to modern culture, including drama, debates & film

  • Creative narratives, literary analysis, and short-essay exams

 

 

Curriculum/Materials

Original, unabridged versions of the following titles:
     •   The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
     •   Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
     •   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
     •   Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
     •   My Antonía, by Willa Cather
     •   The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
     •   The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
     •   Travels with Charlie, by John Steinbeck
     •   To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
     •   Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

 

World Literature
Suggested Age

17-18

 

Note: This class may be taken independently, but the student is encouraged to take this in tandem with with World History. These classes coordinate and will provide a fuller educational experience.

 

Prerequisite

A successful completion of English 4 or equivalent or upon approval of the instructor based on a writing sample

 

Purpose

Commonalities in human thought span centuries: similar messages, insights, and unfortunate mistakes. While we will not always agree with what we read, we explore literature to test the truth of a message against our Christian worldview. In doing so, we cultivate wisdom, learn of good and evil, and experience the beauty of God’s language along the way.

 

Curriculum/Materials

Original, unabridged versions to be purchased separately:

 

 
 
 
 
 

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