Canyon Creek Christian Academy
7th Grade English
This course is designed to review grammar concepts that have been covered in previous years as well as to expand the students’ knowledge of those concepts. Students’ imaginations are challenged with creative writing assignments each morning. They will also research and complete two papers in the second semester of this course. Students will also gain a broader scope of literature with various novels that are read and discussed throughout the year.
8th Grade English
This course serves to emphasize grammar concepts through the students writing. The students are offered creative writing time each morning. By the end of the year, students will have written two formal papers and at least one informal paper. They will use peer editing as well as adult editing to help clarify and enhance their writings. Students will also read and discuss at least four novels throughout the year.
Introduction to Literature and Composition
In Introduction to Literature and Composition, students strengthen skills in reading analysis and basic essay writing. Students read and write on a regular basis, engaging in activities that build upon existing skills as they comprehend and analyze text, write in multiple modes, research, listen, and articulate their ideas. This course focuses on literature that highlights the theme of Coming of Age. Additionally, students are introduced to Shakespeare and asked to read aloud and even perform. Performance and oral interpretation of literature build students’ speaking and listening skills. Research continues to play an important role as students evaluate social, cultural, historical, and biblical influences on texts. Through the use of multiple learning and instructional strategies, students acquire not only the knowledge they need but also confidence in their own abilities to learn and to communicate effectively.
In Classic Literature, students strengthen skills in reading analysis and communication. This course focuses on the concept of culture and community, and examines how these influences shape identity and perspective. Students read and analyze works of world literature, with emphasis on analysis and stylistic choices. Students create their own imaginary world after working through several texts and observing various styles. Students develop their independent learning skills as they respond to opportunities for self-evaluation. Through the use of multiple learning and instructional strategies, students acquire not only the knowledge they need but also the confidence in their own abilities to learn and to communicate effectively.
Dual Credit* American Literature and Composition
In American Literature and Composition, students strengthen skills in reading analysis and communication. This course focuses on American fiction using literary and other texts to present the iconic idea of the American Dream and explore what it means to be human in a fallen world. Students are expected to articulate personal convictions and propose solutions to social issues as we encounter them in the reading.
Students write an MLA formatted research paper and learn the difference between summary/paraphrase and original composition. They must engage texts, analyze ideas, argue for their purposed thesis, drawing new and original conclusions. For the research paper, students must properly document citations and compose a Works Cited page.
*(Non-Dual Credit American Literature and Composition may be elected. Reading assignments remain the same, but assessments (both length and content) are adjusted to an appropriate high school level course, rather than a college level course.)
Dual Credit* Great Authors Literature
In Great Authors Literature, students strengthen skills in reading, analysis, and communication. This course capitalizes on the confidence and expertise students have gained as interpreters and analyzers of texts by introducing them to multiple lenses through which to view text. Students are asked to broaden their understanding and their interpretive skills by thinking deeply about themes and ideas from multiple perspectives. Students learn to view texts through some of the filters that result in multiple interpretations of the same text or media story. Students apply the theories of criticism to their own reading and interpretation of both fiction and nonfiction texts. They examine the author’s assertions and basic philosophical beliefs in light of a Christian worldview. Through the use of multiple learning and instructional strategies, students acquire not only the knowledge they need but also the confidence in their own abilities to navigate literature, themes and philosophies, and to communicate effectively.
*(Non-Dual Credit Great Authors Literature may be elected. Reading assignments remain the same, but assessments (both length and content) are adjusted to an appropriate high school level course, rather than a college level course.)
English Department Contacts
Email Mr. Tasche