This distance learning course reviews the writing process—planning, drafting, revising, and publishing. It includes a systematic review of grammatical and mechanical skills. Students create portfolios that include twelve distinct writing assignments, including analytical essay, in-class essay, folktale, letter to the editor, memoir, parallelism, interview, critical response to literature, analogy, narrative poem, hymn, and a research paper. Students participate in specific aspects of publishing, including mailing a letter to the editor, submitting a poem for publication, and interviewing an important person in their lives.
Dr. Lesa Seibert teaches this course.
Recommended Viewing Schedule: five 30-minute lessons a week; 79 lessons per year
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In this distance learning course, students read chronologically through American literature from the 1600s to the present, focusing on four major literary periods: early American, Romantic, Realistic, and Modern. Reading a variety of authors, students note the writers' influence on society as well as society's influence on them. Students develop an appreciation of American literature by seeing the fundamental elements of literature illustrated in specific works. The course builds on instruction from previous years to demonstrate the development of literature.
Miss Jennifer Martini teaches this course.
Recommended Viewing Schedule: five 30-minute lessons a week; 84 lessons per year
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Dr. Seibert has over 15 years teaching experience in Christian education. She has grown up desiring to be a teacher, and she desires to instill in her students a love for learning. Her main goal in teaching grammar is to show how English follows a logical pattern. God’s Word states that "knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth" (Proverbs 14:6). Gaining knowledge is hard when a student does not understand what he is trying to learn. Therefore, understanding is the key to gaining knowledge. In teaching literature, Dr. Seibert desires to show the beauty of the English language in written form. The literary concepts of metaphors, allusions, symbols, etc., increase not only the enjoyment of a written work but also the impact of the message.
Miss Martini thoroughly enjoys reading and is excited about the opportunity to teach American literature and to share her love for the subject. "Ever since the fourth grade, I’ve never been more than a stone’s throw away from a book. During high school, my English teacher channeled my love for reading into a more disciplined approach which allowed me to glean much more from my reading. My goal for my students is that, even if they do not ‘love’ reading, they be able to develop the skills necessary to understand and explain the literature for themselves. These skills will allow them to develop a discerning eye toward whatever material they read. More importantly, my desire is that they apply these literature skills to their own personal Bible study. The Word of God can come alive to them in ways that they might not have experienced before taking this class. Having just completed the study of the elements of literature, it is now time that they begin to understand what the literature is saying and the purpose the authors had for their writings."