Sixth grade English encompasses literature, grammar, vocabulary and writing.
Students are challenged to read short stories, poems and novels with an
emphasis placed on critical reading and thinking skills. Vocabulary study
stimulates systematic vocabulary growth and equips students to function with
more scholarly verbiage both orally and in their writing. Students
experience formal and informal writing assignments with a focus on sentence
structure, coherence and correct grammatical mechanics.
English 7 covers a wide variety of new and review areas including
vocabulary, grammar concepts, in-depth literature and novel studies, poetry,
creative writing and research skills. Grammar starts with review of
punctuation and capitalization rules and progresses to a unit study of each
part of speech. The knowledge of the parts of speech is incorporated
with sentence structure for greater variation and interest in writing.
Vocabulary is taught by introducing students to simple Latin words then
teaching English derivatives of the Latin. This basic word-study skill
enables students to independently increase their vocabulary.
This curriculum covers a wide spectrum, including the following: vocabulary,
reading comprehension, grammar, literature, poetry, creative writing, novel
studies, public speaking and research skills. Reasoning and critical
thinking are incorporated into the writing and literature studies.
Grammar ranges from reviews of capitalization and punctuation to use of
verbals, phrases and clauses in sentence structure. Vocabulary is
taught from a simple etymology format. Latin and Greek words are introduced
along with English words derived from the Latin and Greek. This course
culminates in a multi-genre research project and the creation of an original
Latin I introduces the Latin language through a study of Roman culture and
grammar exercises. By building on concepts that gradually increase in
complexity, students learn to read Latin at the elementary level. Of
important note, students not only learn Latin but also a method of dealing
with language studies in general. Once they understand that language is a
process with a well-defined system they can learn to use that process to
satisfy their own needs and to build on their own knowledge. The course
seeks to demonstrate that language acquisition-and the intricacies of
grammatical concepts-are within the grasp of every student. Specifically
students must master the noun-case system and verb conjugations in the
present, perfect, and future tenses. Students also begin to build strong
vocabulary skills in Latin 7 as the complexity of their translations
Latin II builds upon the student's knowledge of vocabulary and grammar
gained from Latin I in order to prepare the student for more intense foreign
language study in the future. While seeking to promote higher concentration
and discipline of mind, this course challenges the student both to think
clearly about the principles of language and to translate more intricate
Latin sentences. Moreover, Latin II emphasizes not only Roman secular
culture but also the use of Latin in Christian literature. Specifically,
students learn many uses of the noun case system as well as an in-depth look
at adjectives, pronouns, and certain clausal constructions and their uses.
Students also develop a strong sense of vocabulary as they are exposed to
complex grammar structures