This course introduces students to great works of children’s literature and provides an integrated approach to grammar and writing instruction. Using instructor-provided materials corresponding to the current literary selections, students will work through grammatical concepts such as parsing and diagramming sentences, classifying sentences, identifying parts of speech, and utilizing correct punctuation and capitalization rules. Students will also use the course’s literary selections to work through a variety of writing exercises, which will include basic exercises in classical rhetoric. Students will also complete formal writing assignments using both narrative and expository modes, with a special emphasis on eloquent sentence and paragraph structure. In addition to learning how to identify specific details from literature to support big ideas in their writing, they also practice drawing connections between these details giving their writing cohesiveness and clarity. Copy work and dictation exercises will not only further reinforce grammar, spelling, and usage but also provide exposure to commendable sentence structure and presentation. Finally, daily poetry reading will enable students to explore eloquent expressive forms and learn how to use the English language more effectively in their own writing.
This course is appropriate for ages 10 to 13, depending on previously acquired reading, grammar, and writing skills. This course is not introductory. Students should have exposure to the eight parts of speech and be able to identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs as well as the subject and predicate of a sentence. A diligent older student with little grammar background may be successful.