English I: Language Skills (Grade 9)
Reviews parts of speech and their application (including diagramming), reading and evaluating literature, sentence and paragraph construction, effective wordsmithing and experience in informing, entertaining, persuading, and challenging compositions.
English I: Language Skills builds on skills learned in English Grammar Skills by reviewing the eight parts of speech and their application. English 1 requires students to read and evaluate literature, carefully selected to expose students to noble ideals and writing techniques that equip students to craft strong sentences and paragraphs, while becoming effective wordsmiths skilled in expressing high ideals and beliefs through poems, letters, essays, narratives, editorials, articles, speeches, allegories, and research papers. Students gain experience writing pieces that inform, entertain, persuade, and challenge. Students learn to address literary concepts such as cause and effect, logic, premises, comparison, and contrasts.
English I: Language Skills is designed to prepare ninth grade students/high school freshmen for post-high school studies and careers which require strong communication skills. English I: Language Skills is packaged in five soft-cover chapters of text, with five companion student activity books. A teacher's resource kit (TRK) contains 15 section quizzes and five chapter tests to measure student progress. Paradigm high school English is available in a seamless program that begins with English I and continues through English IV. Every grade level (I through IV) focuses on interpretation and development of writing styles, character, and wisdom. English I is designed to earn one high school transcript credit.
A major feature of all Paradigm English courses is the vignette approach, carefully designed to engage students to aspire towards noble character and positive life purpose. During the learning process, students enhance vocabulary, build moral character, and gain insight on how to make and communicate wise life choices.