English Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

English Curriculum

English 1: Composition & Grammar

Course Texts:

  • English 1: Composition & Grammar Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level D, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level D, Teacher Edition
  • English 1: Composition & Grammar Answer Key
  • Warriner’s Handbook Third Course, Student Textbook
  • Warriner’s Handbook Third Course, Teacher Edition
  • Write Better Essays
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to help students write well-formed expository, persuasive, and compare/contrast essays.  Students will learn and practice the skills needed to be successful when writing essays.  These skills include:

  • Organizing their thoughts in a logical manner
  • Making a strong argument to support their view
  • Using correct grammar
  • Properly citing sources using the MLA Handbook
  • Revising & proofreading

Students will work with some basic elements of formal logic with an emphasis on grammar, the logic of a sentence.

There will be weekly writing assignments for this course.  Writing assignments will be accessible for all students and will be drawn from the common knowledge subject areas of history, literature, and theology, or they may be in another area of the instructor’s choice.

Students will also use the Sadlier Vocabulary program to develop their capacity to pronounce, spell, use, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication.  The vocabulary portion of the course will also develop the student’s ability to work with

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Homographs
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Roots
  • Denotation
  • Connotation
  • Literal usage
  • Figurative usage
  • Analogies

Practicing these skills will help the student utilize better and more effective word choices as they write and help them prepare for college entrance examinations.

English 2: Composition & Logic

Course Texts:

  • English 2: Composition & Logic Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment) – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level E, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level E, Teacher Manual
  • Write a Research Paper
  • Socratic Logic
  • Socratic Logic Study Guide – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

Course Description:

According to the Ignatian Method, Kolbe Academy’s Grade 10 English course has been designed to help form the student’s abilities to effectively Speak, Write, and Act.

The goal of this course is to help students build upon their essay writing skills and write a well-formed research paper.  Students will learn and practice the skills needed to be successful when writing essays and research papers.  These skills include:

  • Organizing their thoughts in a logical manner
  • Making a strong argument to support their view
  • Using correct grammar
  • Properly citing sources using the MLA Handbook

The students will also work with some basic elements of formal logic and elocution.  Through these elements, the students will learn to develop logical arguments and use literary devices to enhance their writing.

There will be weekly writing assignments for this course.  Writing assignments will be accessible for all students and will be drawn from the common knowledge subject areas of history, literature, and theology, or they may be in another area of the instructor’s choice.

Students will also use the Sadlier Vocabulary program to develop their capacity to pronounce, spell, use, understand, and remember the definitions of words, their diacritical marks, and syllabication.  The vocabulary portion of the course will also develop the student’s ability to work with

  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Homonyms
  • Homographs
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Roots
  • Denotation
  • Connotation
  • Literal usage
  • Figurative usage
  • Analogies

Practicing these skills will help the student utilize better and more effective word choices as they write and help them prepare for college entrance examinations.

English 3: Composition & Rhetoric

Course Texts:

  • English 3: Composition & Rhetoric Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment) – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • Aristotle: Rhetoric
  • Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric
  • English 3: Composition & Rhetoric Reader – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • Rhetoric & Classical Rhetoric Study Guide – Available soon in the Bookstore!
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

Course Description:

English 3: Composition and Rhetoric is a yearlong study in the skills of written and oral persuasion.  We will master these skills through the study of Aristotle’s Rhetoric, Farnsworth’s Classical Rhetoric (Figures of Speech), famous historical speeches, and Cicero’s “Six Moves of Persuasion.”  We will use creative composition assignments, modeling and case studies to put our rhetorical wisdom into practice.

In this course, we will study speeches by many great orators, such as: Patrick Henry, Sir Edmund Burke, Socrates, Sir Thomas More, Fredrick Douglass, Winston Churchill, Shakespeare, and several U.S. Presidents.  As part of exams, the students will be asked to analyze model speeches: “Cross of Gold,” “The Gettysburg Address,” Julius Caesar “Funeral Oration” by Marc Antony & Brutus, and “Address to the Nation: Challenger Disaster” in an attempt to demonstrate their strong grasp of the rhetoric concepts learned in each quarter.

Course Objectives:

  • The student will understand and apply the principles found in Aristotle’s Rhetoric
  • The student will learn how to write according to Cicero’s “Six Steps of Persuasion”
  • The student will learn classical figures of speech by example and application
  • The student will learn how to analyze the effectiveness of his & others writings
  • The student will grow in confidence as a writer and speaker

Skills to be Developed:

The student will learn how to:

  • Analyze & write speeches according to proper use all three divisions of rhetoric (Political, Ceremonial, Forensic)
  • Analyze & write speeches according to proper use of the means of persuasion (Ethos, Pathos, Logos)
  • Write memorable statements through the practice of the figures of speech
  • Define and divide terms, both technically and more generally
  • Write thoughtful analytical and argumentative speeches
  • Target the audience of a chosen topic and write in a concise and convincing manner

Suggested Prerequisites:

We suggest either English 2: Composition and Logic or an introductory Logic course as prerequisites.

English 4: Creative Writing from Imitation

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • English 12 Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level G, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level G, Teacher Answer Key (Optional)**
  • The Art of the Short Story
  • Poetry: A Spoken Art, The Kolbe Oral Presentation Series Vol. IV.
  • The Menagerie of Marsepink
  • The Writer’s Workshop
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

**Available for currently enrolled families only

Course Description:

According to the Ignatian Method, Kolbe Academy’s Grade 12 English course has been designed to help form the student’s abilities to effectively Speak, Write, and Act.  The lessons of the three component parts of the course—Vocabulary, Composition, and Oral Presentations—will all contribute to development in these fields.  This course is also designed to help stimulate and develop the student’s creative imagination through admiration and imitation of great writers and styles.

 

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