English
 
 
English  (6th Grade)
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  (7th Grade)
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.
 
English  (8th Grade)

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 children's book.
 
Latin I
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 increases.
 
Latin II
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

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