GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION
Composition at this age level is oral narration and copywork. Practiced diligently and consistently, these skills provides all the foundation necessary for composition at an older age. Narration will crossover into every subject that is studied.
Emmaus Academy implements the Spell to Write and Read program as well as Cursive First beginning in Form I. When implemented at home and at school, it provides students with a full language arts program through Form II.
Composition at this age level will consist of oral narration, copywork, and dictation, beginning some basic written narration at the end of their time in Form II. Students will continue to utilize Spell to Write and Read as well as receive a gentle introduce to Latin.
Formal writing and grammar instruction will begin during Form III. However, oral and written narration will never lose its preeminent position in the curriculum. Students will be instructed in two years of a formalized grammar curriculum and two years of the Institute for Excellence in Writing's Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. These programs will be a part of the Integrated Studies class and the subject area of their writing will tie in with their history and literature studies.
Formal writing and grammar instruction will continue in Form IV. Here, students will continue to develop a strong foundation in grammar and mechanics as well as work through Lost Tools of Writing, Volume I. Students will continue to practice oral and written narration throughout the Integrated Studies.
Forms V and VI
Students will continue to develop their formal writing skills throughout high school. These studies culminate in a Senior Thesis during the second half of their senior year.
The progression of curriculum at the high school level is as such:
Lost Tools of Writing, Volume 2 (Kern)
Paragraphs for High School (Killgallon)
Elements of Style (White)
McGraw Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage (Lester and Beason)
The Rhetoric of Love (Jones)
Roar on the Other Side (Clark)
Writer's Workshop (Roper)
Students will also continue oral, written, and silent narration across the Integrated Studies curriculum.