This survey of all things literature includes two sections: literature and composition. For literature, we’ll read through four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Using Fundamentals of Literature from Bob Jones Press, students will gain the skills of a discerning reader by focusing on the fundamentals of literature — conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone. This course encourages critical thinking skills through classroom discussion of questions answered at home. Material presented in the early weeks will resurface time and again, a method known as spiral learning, which cements ideas through repetition.
Students have probably learned how to write in several different modes through elementary and middle school. This class uses the WriteShop I program. Beginning with concrete writing, this program covers a variety of skill such as sequencing, informative reports, point of view, and how to avoid plagiarism. Advanced students will proceed through the same program, but with modified assignments tailored to their level. I introduce the basics of MLA formatting for all students.
This class is an excellent overview of the reading and writing skills necessary for higher level courses.
*Please note that a complete Language Arts program requires additional instruction in grammar and spelling. These are not addressed in this class except as necessary in editing writing assignments.
Teacher: Dee Dee Vogt
Fundamentals of Literature Grade 9 Student Text, 2nd Edition (ISBN-10: 1591668875)
Purchase on Amazon, from Bob Jones directly at www.bjupress.com, or any other discount arena. *Be sure to check out the eTextbook option. This is a lower-cost option, but will require excellent note-taking skills since the student cannot write on the text itself.
Fundamentals of Literature Tests (2nd ed.) (ISBN: 978-1-59166-890-9)
WriteShop I Student Workbook from www.writeshop.com (PLEASE NOTE: I will be eligible for a discount of up to 27% if I am able to get at least 20 students in English 1 and 2 classes, combined. I will place the orders in time for them to arrive by the first day of class and will hand them out as payment is received. If you want to participate in this discount program, email me with your name, email, and number of books you wish to purchase. I will send out an email before I purchase just to make sure you still want it, probably late July.)