Be efficient and effective in evaluating your 8th grader’s progress in literature with this helpful parent’s companion to Of Places Literature Tests with Speed/Comprehension Selections and Quizzes (sold separately). This book provides a copy of your child’s test and quiz book with answers and point values supplied. Answers for test essay questions give the basic facts to be included. The Speed and Comprehension Chart will enable you to evaluate your child’s reading speed and comprehension progress and adjust accordingly as explained in the Home School English 8 Curriculum/Lesson Plans. Since the literature tests for Of Places are designed to be given in conjunction with the grammar tests for Grammar and Composition II, the point values for both together equal one test grade. The number of questions and suggested point values on the literature vs. the corresponding grammar test reflect the emphasis of the Home School English 8 Curriculum/Lesson Plans so that over the next few years your child will gradually delve more deeply into literature, which is given greater weight in later high school years after he builds a solid foundation in grammar. Essay questions carry a small point value on the test, allowing your child to build confidence with summarizing skills and essay answer format. Grade 8.
Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.
The Abeka® distinctives start very early and flow through all levels, such as a cursive-first handwriting approach (starts in K and reviewed up to 6), thorough grammar (with diagramming), foundation-based composition skills (begins in 1st grade) and listening/speaking skills (including reading aloud and poetry memorization). All with Christian, patriotic-focused content in a spiral format with detailed teacher instruction. In 1st grade, skills introduced in previous years (phonics/reading, optional cursive, poetry, and vocabulary skills) are enriched with creative writing and sentence-level mechanics, weekly spelling tests, and oral reading. In Grade 2, transition to reading comprehension and beginning literature analysis occurs. Grade 3 begins the four-pronged emphasis of reading skills (analysis & discussion), writing (academic & creative), spelling/poetry, and grammar. Grade 4 (Level A) adds speed reading, the writing process, researching, and diagramming. Students refine all skills in Grade 5 (B), aiming for varied reading and writing (emphasizing research skills), as they head for Grade 6 (C), which cements the elementary skills in preparation for Abeka® upper-level courses. A complete Language Arts program requires both a Child and a Parent Kit. Child Kits contain the texts, readers, and all essential materials. Parent Kits include full lesson plans, answer keys, and level-based required materials. Additional lesson plans, student consumables, and reinforcement/enrichment ELA items are available on the Rainbow Resource website.