English I, English II, English III, English IV
English I provides the foundation for students’ future study of all types of literature. Throughout the course, students complete a detailed study of various literary genres, including nonfiction, novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. Students will analyze basic literary elements and then progress to examining the use of more complex literary devices. The curriculum includes a focus on the principles of critical reading and writing, and students will develop an appreciation for literature as well as interact personally with texts through the lens of a Biblical worldview. Learning to critically evaluate what they read enables students to recognize lessons that can be learned from literature which can be applied to their own lives as they seek to do God’s will. (Writing, grammar, and vocabulary are integrated into each literary unit through instruction, class activities, and assessments.)
English II offers students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of well-written literature. Students will complete a chronological survey of early British literature by examining the works of various authors from the Anglo-Saxon era, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Elizabethan Era, and the Enlightenment. Students will develop their reading comprehension skills and grow in their ability to critique what they read based on Biblical truths. In addition, students will be asked to offer personal reflections as well as critical responses, both orally and in writing, as they work to read and analyze renowned works of literature. (Grammar and vocabulary are integrated into each literary unit through instruction, class activities, and assessments.)
Students will follow the theme of the development of social, moral, and ethical values in the American literary canon through a Biblical lens. Key American historical context, from American Colonialism to Postmodernism, is explored to parallel the themes created in the literature presented with the focus of relevance to today’s culture. Works studied explore how the fall of man is evident across time with key focus on impact and biblical Truths presented. This course stresses reading and writing skills and critical analysis as students understand how language works to communicate experience. Key questions raised in works studied are answered in order to deepen their understanding of the world in which they live. The purpose of this course is to garner an appreciation of language and foster the confidence to effectively communicate and interact with the world with a reverence for Truth.
Students will follow the theme of the development of social, moral, and ethical values in the British literary canon through a Biblical lens. Key context, from post Enlightenment to Postmodernism, is explored to depict themes in literature that parallel today’s culture and society. Works studied explore how destructive man’s selfish nature can be and the consequences of living without Truth. This course focuses on honing reading and writing skills and critical thinking as students analyze how language works to communicate experience. They will continue to develop comprehension strategies as well as the ability to critically analyze literature while increasing the use of research to support valid points of view. The purpose of this course is to garner an appreciation of language and foster the confidence to effectively communicate and interact with the world with a reverence for Truth.