English IV: Legacy of Freedom & Virtue in Literature & Philosophy Chapter 1 Activities
English IV: Literature and Philosophy consists of four soft-cover chapters with four companion student activity books packaged as part of a continuous high school English curricula designed to prepare students for post-high school studies and careers which require critical interpretive skills in language, reading, and writing. Section quizzes and four chapter tests measure student competency. This course also serves as an introduction to philosophy, because it consists of selections that equip students with perspectives on theology, economics, social activists, and historical thinkers who encouraged freedom and virtue, and authors who express philosophies which inhibit freedom and virtue.
This course provides a study of the major world authors who were "firsts" in their fields of philosophy, reform, politics, science, religion, drama, poetry, novels, short stories, essays, biographies, and autobiographies. This study takes a historical approach to literature, touching on ancient writings and progressing through the Dark Ages, the Medieval Era, and into Modern times. English IV: Literature and Philosophy also addresses cultural traditions of oral recitation, myth, fable, legend, parable, and folklore. The student will learn to recognize literary characteristics such as theme, tone, and voice, as well as techniques to enhance interest, including anaphora, refrain, and many more components of literature. This is an excellent Advanced Placement (AP) resource!
The accompanying activities will stretch a student's writing and critical thinking skills, and require memorization using the Benjamin Franklin approach to learning. Activities will propel the student toward achieving literary and critical excellence and will enable the student to interpret important literary themes. As with all Paradigm courses, teachers/proctors may purchase all four chapters or may purchase only those chapters which are preferred. Teachers may exercise personal preference for constructing a course by selecting specific chapters from those available in English I through IV.
During the learning process, students enhance vocabulary, build moral character, and gain insight on how to make wise life choices. Students who complete at least two PAC English courses are usually equipped to skip college freshman English courses.This is a strong course, especially recommended for AP and/or college-bound seniors. English IV is designed for one high school transcript credit under English or Philosophy.
English IV: English Literature & Philosophy is designed to prepare students for post-high school studies and careers which require strong reading and writing skills. English IV builds on skills learned in English III: Writing Skills by continuing to hone writing skills:
- Explores literary works in American history, poetry, songs, mottos, slogans, historical documents, biographies, and forms of fiction.
- Covers point of view as well as literary techniques & criticism.
- Provides an historical overview of literature and its impact.
The Full Course Kit includes a printed Teacher Resource Kit (plus digital download) in addition to the five Chapter Texts and five Activities Books. The Chapter Activity Books are available either for individual purchase or as a package.
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.
A major feature of all Paradigm English courses is the vignette approach, carefully designed to engage students to aspire towards noble character and life purpose. During the learning process, students enhance vocabulary, build moral character, and gain insight on how to make wise life choices.
"Designed to be self-teaching." These are magic words for many homeschoolers particularly at the high school level. And while this curriculum has many positive characteristics, its self-teaching aspect is sure to rank high. But don't overlook the other positives: broad coverage of grammar, usage, and mechanics, vocabulary, literary elements, and composition as well as encouraging and character-building anecdotes and principles. Although utilizing a black and white format, the graphics are well designed and interesting.
The Chapter Texts (pages vary from 50 to 70 pgs) follow a pattern: vocabulary, vignette illustrating a life principle, and teaching segments. All straight-forward and easy to complete. The Activities Books are consumable with reading comprehension questions from the vignette, a vocabulary exercise, and several exercises reinforcing the Text's teaching segments. Most course Chapters contain 15 lessons divided into three Sections. Quizzes follow each Section with Tests for each Chapter. Students are expected to check their own work in the Activities. As an incentive, if they score 85% or better on the Section Quizzes (graded by parent/proctor), they may not be required to take the Chapter Test.
The Teacher's Resource Kit provides answers to activity questions as well as copies of the Section Quizzes and Chapter Tests along with their answers. The TRK also includes helpful, professional forms such as a Transcript Planner, Academic Contract, and Academic Goal Chart - all with directions for use. Included with the TRK is a digital access code to a pdf version.
Full Course Kits include the Texts and Activities books for all five chapters as well as the Teacher Resource Kit (printed plus digital access). ~ Janice
Please note: There are some miscellaneous items from older editions that are still available and can be used with the newer edition [TRK on CD-ROM (content is identical to the printed version) or Texts on CD-ROM].
These materials offer complete coverage of both writing and grammar.