Language Arts provides numerous tools for sharing our lives with each other. Teaching others how to utilize those tools is one of my greatest delights. I love sharing books and how much we learn about our Creator, our world, and each other through reading. I'm excited about digging into the theme of being on a quest which recurs often in ancient literature. Literature is an attempt to make sense of the world around us from the perspective of the writer. Using some ancient literature and more recent literature that reflects similar themes, we’ll use the tools of reading comprehension, reflective writing, and vocabulary to better understand what we read.
We’ll look at how the authors throughout history, specifically ancient history, have wrestled with the truth of who we are and Who made us, and how God’s truth is reflected even through authors who do not know Him. We will discuss the difference between mythology and Scripture, how themes in ancient literature are reflected/repeated in literature even today, and connect references from ancient literature to better comprehend literature overall.
Our novels for this year are Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, The Children's Homer by Padriac Colum, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Class time reading will also include shorter myths (or at least the shorter options available) such as Gilgamesh and others from ancient Africa, China, and Persia. Options for additional reading to share with the class through reports or projects and to enhance our understanding of ancient history will be provided.
Language communicates knowledge, wisdom, and experience to others. Writing effectively and efficiently in our own voice, without fear of the editing process is the goal. Be prepared; we will write, edit, re-write, edit, and likely re-write again towards concise dynamic papers. Daily Grammar is our resource for reviewing punctuation and usage. Ancient history will provide the topics for our expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays. Along the way we will also incorporate poetry. Writing of any kind can be very personal and intimidating. My hope is for class to provide the opportunity to try, perhaps even to mess up, to try again, and to gain confidence in the process as we encourage one another.