This curriculum is designed for 8th - 10th graders. It will gently introduce them to the basics of developing their ideas and building paragraphs. By the end of the semester they will complete an essay. Proper punctuation, enhanced vocabulary, word choice, and syntax will be emphasized.
Five novels (The Giver, The Great & Terrible Quest, Murder for Her Majesty, and more) will be read during the year, with an emphasis on shorter excerpts by notable authors to emphasize how to use words to show what you mean rather than tell. An introduction to poetic devices and exploring short stories by humorists will be included. An introduction to Research Papers ends the course. I have included the files here separately, but they are meant to be printed as one unit in the order given.