English Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

English Curriculum

English: Composition and Rhetoric 9

Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary E-License
  • Warriner’s Handbook Third Course, Student Textbook
  • 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: Composition and Rhetoric 10

Course Texts:

  • English 10 Course Plan & Tests
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level E, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level E, Teacher Manual
  • Writing Workshop Level E, Workbook
  • Writing Workshop Level E, Teacher Manual
  • Write Better Essays
  • In Cicero’s Footsteps, The Kolbe Oral Presentation Series Vol. II  (2 book set)
  • 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 lessons of the three component parts of the course-Vocabulary, Composition, and Oral Presentations-are woven together with one another, and with subject matter from other Kolbe 10th Grade courses in order to strengthen and enrich the student’s academic experience. This course emphasizes writing well-formed essays.

English: Expository Writing and Rhetoric 11

Course Texts:

  • English 11 Course Plan & Tests
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level F, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level F, Teacher Manual  (Optional)**
  • Writing Workshop Level F, Workbook
  • Writing Workshop Level F, Teacher Manual  (Optional)
  • Writing a Research Paper
  • Everyman’s Journey, The Kolbe Oral Presentation Series Vol. III  (2 book set)
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

**Available for currently enrolled families only

Course Description:

According to the Ignatian Method, Kolbe Academy’s Grade 11 English course has been designed to help form the student’s abilities to effectively Speak, Write, and Act. The lessons of the four component parts of the course-Vocabulary, Composition, Research, and Oral Presentations-are woven together with one another, and with subject matter from other Kolbe 11th Grade courses in order to strengthen and enrich the student’s academic experience. The methodology for writing an extensive research paper is an integral part of this course.

English: Creative Writing from Imitation 12

Honors Designation Available

Course Texts:

  • Vocabulary Workshop Level G, Workbook
  • Vocabulary Workshop Level G, Teacher Amswer Key, Optional**
  • The Art of the Short Story
  • Treasury of Poems, The Kolbe Oral Presentation Series Vol. IV.
  • The Menagerie of Marsepink
  • Writer’s Workshop
  • The Wasteland, Prufock and other Poems
  • 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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