Classics (Middle School English)
Classics 0 credit/Middle School English
Classics is a middle school English course designed to prepare students for exceptional high school performance by seeking to ground them in grammar, writing, literature and vocabulary. Since the concepts previously taught in “Classics I” and “Classics II” are reviewed, reinforced and solidified each year, the two courses have been combined, yet not duplicated from one year to the next. This allows students to take the course as needed or desired (1-3 times) without repetition. Using IEW Style and Structure, Shurley Grammar techniques with added diagramming, Teaching the Classics plot outlines, genre studies, and Sadlier Oxford vocabulary, students will be able to join others in saying, “Thank you for preparing me for high school English!”
Areas of particular focus for the coming year include: literary analysis, which teaches students how to analyze elements of literature including setting, plot, characterization, imagery, allusions, and parallelism; literary devices commonly used by authors; and how authors succeed in conveying tone, theme, character, irony, and point of view.
Student Text: TBA
The course syllabus will essentially follow the ABeka Pre-algebra textbook. This course will develop and refine necessary skills needed for Algebra I. Emphasis will be placed on graphing, fractions, decimals, proportions, signed numbers and beginning algebraic and geometric concepts. This class will also develop organizational skills for working problems. No credit earned for this course.
Prerequisite: Students must have proficiency with multiplication tables through 12.
- Textbook: Pre-Algebra Student Text (Text Code #25763), Published by A Beka Book, www.abeka.org, 877-223-5226
Abeka Pre-Algebra Quizzes and Tests (Stock No: WW147125) $8.55
Earth Science is a quarterly unit study of four Earth Science topics: geology, astronomy, marine ecology, and weather. Progress will be evaluated by worksheets, quizzes, tests, and lab activities. This course is recommended for students who will be taking Pre-algebra concurrently and are not mathematically ready for Physical Science.
(No credit earned for this class)
Lab fee: $25.00
Latin I is an outstanding course for a variety of students. Primarily, it serves as a foundational course for language since Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian are derived from Latin and since about 70% of English vocabulary is derived from it. Whether students use Latin as a foundational course for modern language studies, or whether it is used to strengthen English vocabulary (SAT prep) and grammar, Latin is an outstanding course for a variety of students.
Specific grammar concepts to be studied include: the formation of the Roman alphabet; first conjugation verbs; principal parts of verbs; first, second and third declension nouns; ablative case usage; conjugation of sum; conjunctions, prepositions, appositives, adjectives, accusative case usage, personal pronouns, numerals, dative case usage; present, imperfect, and future tenses of verbs; adverbs; indicative and imperative moods of verbs; vocative case usage.
Additional studies in mythology help to prepare students for the National Latin Exam in March, while also serving to help them recognize numerous mythological allusions found in everyday literature, poetry and film.
Grammar and Vocabulary:
Learn a Latin vocabulary of an additional 410 words, giving a total for the two volumes of 744 words. More on adjectives; more ablative case usages; special verbs inquam and possum; perfect, pluperfect, and future tenses of verbs; remaining three verb conjugations, infinitive with subject accusatives; objective infinitives, predicate accusatives; active and passive verb forms; demonstrative pronouns; comparison of adverbs and adjectives; more ablative and accusative uses, fourth declension nouns; participles, dative with intransitive verbs.
History and Culture
Roman names; The Reign of Herod; Roman Houses, Climate of the Mediterranean; Education in Israel; Food in Biblical Times; The Care of the Dead.
Continuation of Scriptures throughout. Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Luke 1, Jonah and the Whale, Birth of Jesus, Psalm One, Jesus at the Temple, Sermon on the Mount, Deut. 6:4-9, Matthew 28: 18-20, Lex Rex, Attributes of God. Many “Bible Thoughts” interspersed throughout. Sentences which instill good character are part of translation practice.
The story of a Roman centurion and his family continues. They travel across the Mediterranean, meet a Jewish family, endure a storm on the Mediterranean, visit friends in Cana, help build the synagogue, hear Jesus give the sermon on the mount, relate the story of the birth of Jesus, learn of Herod’s plan to kill the Infant Jesus. What happens next?
Latin and Literature
(On Hiatus 2018-2019)
By using Wheelock’s Latin, Latin and Literature is a course designed for high school students who desire either upper level Latin credits or an introduction to Latin. This is possible because the text will either review or introduce grammar concepts while providing translation exercises from original texts. This makes the course both challenging and fun. An added literature component will give students an opportunity to read and study The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer.
Classics Grammar and Writing Intensive Lab
On Hiatus 2018-2019
0 credit/Middle School English
Classics Grammar & Writing Intensive Lab is an extension of the Classics course whereby students will receive continued instruction and guided practice in the critical areas of grammar, writing, vocabulary and public speaking. Content will focus on objectives and assignments given in Classics, so this lab will help save time and energy at home and in class.
The grammar portion will include frequent written and oral drills, and board work (classifying and diagramming sentences with oral skill builder checks/”marking a sentence to death with fun colors”), whereby students become highly involved and fully engaged in the learning process.
The writing and vocabulary portion will offer guided practice in applying the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Stylistic Techniques, which will be presented in Classics. MLA format, including Works Cited pages, will be reviewed.
The public speaking portion will include graceful opportunities to present writing assignments and memory work, which builds confidence and skill.
No additional textbooks are needed.