One Day Academy

Middle School English Courses

English 1
Suggested Age

10-12 years

 

Prerequisite

Elementary English 4/5, or basic competency in reading and handwriting

 

Purpose

The successful study of grammar is the bedrock of effective writing. An iron-clad grasp of basic grammatical principles will provide the confidence and competence to make writing flourish later on. Students will learn to:

 

  • Identify and understand the eight parts of speech as well as their functions in a sentence

  • Master the lists of helping and irregular verbs, prepositions, contractions, and pronouns

  • Master subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement

  • Revise sentence fragments and run-on sentences

 

Process

The first step in writing is establishing the "comfort zone". Students need to feel at ease conveying their thoughts onto paper. If critique comes too intensely in this early writing process, students may doubt their abilities and feel discouraged. Therefore, ENGLISH 1 compositions are:

 

  • Designed to be enjoyable, allowing the student to be creative and expressive

  • Usually three paragraphs long, typewritten, and double-spaced

  • A prime opportunity for the teacher to highlight strengths, offer encouragement and suggestions, and impart a sense of accomplishment

  • A prime opportunity for the student to employ the rules of correct grammar, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure they learn in class

 

Next we will strengthen their vocabulary. Vocabulary is like weight training. To build a strong muscle (vocabulary), one gradually increases both the weight (the difficulty of the words) and the repetitions (how many times the words are used) while keeping a consistent practice schedule (a list of twelve words a week). ENGLISH 1’s weekly vocabulary program features:

 

  • Charts to be filled out on each list, involving definitions and synonyms

  • Fill-in-the-blank sentences using their new words

  • Spelling tests administered by the parent-teacher

  • An end-of-the-year English Grammar 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 and corresponding sentences (a digital copy of keys are available from www.pahlowsenglish.com for $4.99)

  • Grammar pages assigned on the weekly lesson plan (keys are included in the teacher’s edition of the grammar 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.

 

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 2
Suggested Age

12-14 years

 

Prerequisites

ENGLISH 1, or a basic understanding of English grammar

 

Purpose

Can writing really be taught? Unquestionably so. Just as chemistry uses specific elements to cause the desired reaction, good writing requires certain elements to move the reader in the desired direction: either toward understanding, emotion, or a different perspective. As students learn and practice these elements, writing that was once simple and unrefined is suddenly professional and sophisticated. Such instruction will include:

 

  • Six basic stylistic techniques that govern powerful word choice and organization

  • Six ways to ensure that a paragraph will contain varied and well-structured sentences

  • Accomplishing the purpose of a paragraph

  • Utilizing a style rubric for each writing assignment

 

Process

The first semester emphasizes:

 

  • Note-taking and outlines

  • Summaries from notes

  • Summaries from reference material

 

The second semester introduces:

  • A short fiction unit focusing on plot, setting, conflict, point of view, character development, drama, dialogue, and description. This culminates with the Big Screen Pitch, the students’ multi-media presentations of their own original short stories.

  • A poetry unit exploring the six poetic plots, the seven poetic tools, different forms of poetry, and unique opportunities to flex their own poetic muscle. This culminates with our Poetry Slam, the students’ dramatic poetry recitations.

 

This year vocabulary gets—dare we say it—exciting. Our new words will be grouped according to their common English roots. This way, students not only learn to recognize the roots in these new sets of words, but they are also trained to recognize these roots in any other words they come across. This particular practice is highly recommended by PSAT and SAT to improve performance on these exams. The program includes:

 

  • Over 160 of the most commonly used English roots

  • Weekly charts will be filled out, involving definitions, roots, synonyms, and antonyms

  • Fill-in-the-blank sentences and rewrites 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 and corresponding sentences (a digital copy of keys are available from www.pahlowsenglish.com for $4.99

  • Major 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.

 

In the second semester 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
English On-Target
Suggested Age

13-18 years (middle school & high school)

 

Prerequisite

Basic competency in reading and handwriting, with limited exposure to English grammar

 

Purpose

This is a specialized preparatory course for those who seek to be confidently “on target” in their grammar and writing skills before entering One Day Academy’s high school English sequence.

 

Process

A successful study of grammar is the bedrock of effective writing. Students will learn to:

  • Identify and understand the eight parts of speech as well as their functions in a sentence

  • Master the lists of helping and irregular verbs, prepositions, contractions, and pronouns

  • Master subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement

  • Revise sentence fragments and run-on sentences

 

Students will learn and practice elements of style that will instantly improve the quality of their writing. Such instruction will include:

  • Six basic stylistic techniques that govern powerful word choice

  • Six ways to ensure that a paragraph contains varied, well-structured sentences

  • Accomplishing the purpose of a paragraph

  • Utilizing a style rubric for each writing assignment

 

Vocabulary words are grouped according to their common English roots. The program includes:

  • Over 160 of the most commonly used English roots

  • Weekly charts involving definitions, roots, 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

 

Curriculum/Materials
Middle School Literature
Suggested Age

10-14

 

Prerequisite

Students must be good, independent readers willing to participate in class discussion and creative reporting.

 

Purpose

We will explore and enjoy great classic literature in the forms of fiction, fantasy, biography, short story, poetry and drama. We will engage with the text, relating it to modern culture and a biblical perspective, through literary analysis, valuable discussion, historical context/impact, and creative writing.

 

Curriculum/Materials

Original, unabridged versions of the following titles:

Children's Literature
Suggested Age

10-13

 

Prerequisite
  • Must have fine motor skills for cutting and gluing of foldable sheets.

  • Must be able to listen and follow instructions

Purpose/Process

In Children’s Literature, we will learn and use common literary terms throughout the year as we explore various genres of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as drama, and poetry. 

Students are expected to spend 20 minutes a day reading. 

Students will:

 

  • Create a resource book

  • Read a variety of genres

  • Read and understand a wide variety of literary and information texts

  • Analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • All reading materials will be provided

  • Students will need to purchase:

    • Colored pencils

    • Pencil sharpener

    • Zipper bag or box for pencils

 
 
 
 
 

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