English 1

Course Description:
The study and use of the English language affects our ability to communicate effectively with everyone we know. This course will take students on a journey through writing and reading that will prepare them to communicate clearly and truthfully in everyday life. Starting with the Journey to the Unknown, students will explore science fiction, predictions, and prophecy where they will review the important concepts of reading, note taking, and writing. As the journey continues, students will be introduced to texts helping them explore their true identity in Christ, equality in God’s eyes, and the opportunities for achievement and understanding presented through truthful communication. Here they will learn to analyze the narrative elements and word choice in literature and then use those same elements to write their own narratives. Later journeys will guide the students in essay writing, reading and analyzing nonfiction, writing an argument, and many other skills for increased written communication.

Recommended Prerequisites:

Grade Level:
9th Grade recommended

Approved by:

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • Honors track available

Biblical Integration Information:
All Creation is held together by the Living Word and is an expression of the Word of God displaying order, design, complexity, and Truth. God communicates His plan, purpose, and provision personally through the written and Living Word and has set patterns and guidelines for human communication. Partially through the skillful use of languages, we can live out the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment. Rather than succumbing to our fallen nature or focusing on forms or subjects of communication that are in opposition to God, we should seek to grow in wisdom through our study and use of languages while allowing the Holy Spirit to change our hearts bringing our communication in alignment with the person of Jesus Christ. We are responsible to God for evaluating our communication and literacy choices by the standards of God’s Word and using them clearly, creatively, and concisely to deepen our relationship with God and with our fellow-man.

To see how these truths are specifically explored in this course, visit the course information page in the course and click on “Guiding Principles.”

Required Purchased Materials:
In segment one, Journey to Identity Unit, the student must choose from a list of books to read. More information in the course information, materials area.