High School Language Arts
The Good and the Beautiful high school language arts courses combine the following subjects:
Literature | Writing | Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation | Spelling | Vocabulary | Geography | Art
Principles Behind the High School Language Arts Courses
- Packed with beautiful art, wonderful literature, and meaningful assignments, these courses make language arts enjoyable.
- The courses are faith-based, with a general Christian worldview and the goal of producing not only intelligent minds, but also high character and the ability to recognize and appreciate what is good and beautiful in life and in learning. No doctrine specific to any Christian group is taught. The course focuses on very basic Biblical concepts such as honesty, gratitude, kindness, and trust in God.
- The courses combine subjects and use a cross-curricular approach to pack in more learning in less time.
- These courses are extremely thorough with high standards. They are not accredited and do not follow Common Core standards. Children who complete these courses should be ready for college level work.
- The courses use only profanity-free literature of the highest moral and literary value.
How to Complete the Course
- The high school courses are a combination of physical course materials, reading books, and video instruction.
- The courses are designed to be self-directed by the student (but parents can be as involved as they desire, or the course can be taught in a classroom setting). The student completes 10 unit booklets. After turning in each booklet to the parent or teacher (with the accompanying writing assignments), the parent or teacher corrects the booklet and administers a unit check. The unit check identifies any areas in which the student needs help and gives video links to be watched for extra help before moving on to the next subject.
Choose One of Two Paths: Regular Path and Honors Path
Any high-school-aged student who does not need remedial reading help can start the high school course. Students do not need to complete any lower level The Good and the Beautiful courses before starting this course because it starts with the basics and covers all foundational concepts. However, the course does move quickly and is more advanced than many high school language arts programs.
Regular Path: The student finishes this course in the length of one school year and moves on to the next high school course.
Honors Path: The student finishes this course in less than the length of one school year (by not needing to watch the many extra help videos, by being a fast reader, or by simply spending more time on the course) and spends the rest of the school year completing Honors Book Studies.
How to Complete the Course (video)
Items Needed for High School 1-4
- Grammar & Writing Guide
- The non-consumable guide is required for the High School 1-4 and contains the main instruction for writing, grammar, usage, and punctuation. The high school unit booklets refer to this guide often. Many sections in this guide give links for videos that can be watched for further help. (full-color, 11” x 8.5”, 98 pages, wire-bound)
- High School Cards
- These cards are used for memorization of poetry, Greek and Latin roots, and geography (countries of Africa, countries of Northern Europe, Canadian provinces, major rivers of the world, major deserts of the world, and much more). (full-color, 44 cards (5.5″x8.5″ each), perforated, gloss laminated heavy card stock)
Note: Once you have purchased these items for a student, you will not need to purchase them again. For High School 2, 3, and 4, students will need just the unit booklets and the required reading books.
Note: If you have multiple children completing the same course, each child will need their own set of unit booklets; everything else for the high school courses are non-consumable and can be shared.
Items Needed for High School 1
- High School 1 Unit Booklets
- Ten separate, consumable unit booklets guide the student through the course. Links are given for videos. Some videos are required—for things such as complex grammar principles and literature analysis—but most videos are optional, for those who need more help with certain concepts. (8.5” x 11”, 380 pages total, full-color, bleeds to the edge, saddle stitched)
- Required Reading Books (Integrated with the Unit Booklets)
- The Story of John Greenleaf Whittier by Frances E. Cooke
- Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
- Patterns on the Wall by Elizabeth Yates
- Into the Unknown by Various Authors
- Just David by Eleanor H. Porter.
- Answer Key
The Answer Key also includes the Unit Checks and special helps for parents/teachers. (black-and-white, 8.5” x 11”, PDF Download)
Note: You cannot share PDF files or create copies of these materials for those outside your house. Each child in a group of school must have purchased their own physical or PDF version.
Additional Materials Needed
Gather the following items before the course is started:
- Graphite drawing pencil, eraser, tortillions Suggestion from Amazon.com
- A watercolor set (dry cakes—not tubes) Suggestion from Amazon.com
- Paintbrushes and palette (or a white plate) Suggestion from Amazon.com
- Watercolor paper (9” x 12”, at least 140 lb paper, at least 16 sheets)
- Tracing Paper (for map activities)
Optional Books for the Reading Challenge
Coming spring of 2019!
Coming spring of 2020!
Coming spring of 2021!
There are three main goals of the Honors Book Studies: to help the student learn to analyze, to appreciate, and to gain insight and inspiration from good and beautiful literature.
- Honors Book Studies come with one book and one 5.5″ x 8.5″, black and white, saddle-stitched consumable booklet.
- The Honors Book Studies guide the student through the books and cover the following subjects (depending on the Honors Book Study chosen): literature, poetry, writing (mainly essay composition, article writing, and effective writing skills), vocabulary, author study, art appreciation, and geography. (Art instruction is not included.) Each Honors Book Study has a different focus, to provide a variety of engaging and thought-provoking activities.
- The reading books for the Honors Book Studies are more challenging than the required reading books for the High School Language Arts Courses.
- It will be beneficial for the students to have the Grammar & Writing Guide to complete the Honors Book Studies (High School Cards will not be incorporated).
- Honors Book Studies can be completed in any order.
- Students can complete as few or as many of the Honors Book Studies as desired. Honors Book Studies are not designed to take place of the High School Language Arts Courses; they are designed to be used in addition to the courses for those students who work at a faster pace and can use more challenging work.
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men Honors Book Study Releases in December of 2018!
More Honors Book Studies to come!
Some authors included in the Honors Book Studies are Jane Austen (clean language versions), Cornelia Meigs, C.S. Lewis, Kate Douglass Wiggins, Mary E. Ropes, Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, W.H.G. Kingston, and more. Choose the Honors Book Studies that best compliment your student’s education and interests.