Class Syllabus

Pre-Class

Handwriting

  • Basic Print (one letter at a time)

Typing

  • 88: Typing with correct fingers (one word at a time)

Phonics

  • Dot 1: Phonic Sense (one line at a time)

Class 1

Zone 1

Handwriting

  • All Basic Print
  • Cursive Curves

Typing

  • All 88 Typing Words
  • Vocabulary

Reading Prep

Zone 2

Fonts & Writing Style

  • Roman vs Sans Serif
  • Double-Story “a” & “g”

Grammar

  • a(n) with singular nouns

Sentences

Zone 3

Grammar

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives (colors, shapes, size)
  • Capitalize first word of sentence
  • End sentences with period or question mark

Zone 4

Grammar

  • Subject – Predicate – Sentence (simple sentences)
  • Comma: Direct Address

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 5

Grammar

  • Yes/No Q&A via “do” and “are”
  • not
  • Action Verbs
  • Present & Past (Now & Past)
  • Contractions (past, present)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 2

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 1

Handwriting

  • All Cursive
  • All Cursive Curves

Typing

  • Paragraphs
    • Quotes
    • Memorize
    • 52 Bible
    • Read

Phonics

  • Write all phonic combinations & words in cursive
  • Write all Casual Sentences in cursive (111 Casual Sentences)

Zone 2

Fonts & Writing Style

  • Roman vs Sans Serif (review)
  • Double-Story “a” & “g” (review)
  • Monospace & Geometric
  • What is a Serif?

Articles

  • a(n) with singular nouns (review)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 3

Grammar

  • the with singular nouns
  • Sentence types:
    • Declarative (Statement)
    • Interrogative (Question)
    • Imperative (Direction)
    • Exclamation (Wow)
  • Nouns & Verbs (review)
  • Subject – Predicate
  • Adjectives (numbers)
  • Capitalize Names
  • End sentences with question mark or period (review)
  • Exclamation mark

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 4

Grammar

  • Subject – Predicate – Sentence (from Yes/No Q&A sentences)
  • Comma
    • Direct Address (review)
    • Introductory words
    • Serial lists
  • Abbreviations in titles (Mr., Mrs., Dr.)
  • Subject – Object
  • Personal Pronouns (Subject & Object)
  • Prepositions: at, on, in
  • Singular & Plural
  • Suffixes (nouns)
  • Personal Pronouns (Subject only)
  • Pronouns of Time (tomorrow, yesterday, today, tonight)
    • As vocabulary
    • As modifiers (AKA ‘adverbs of time’)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 5

Grammar

  • Yes/No Q&A
    • via “do” and “are” (review)
    • via “did” and “will”
  • Past, Present, Future
  • Suffixes (verbs)
  • Contractions (past, present, future, negative)
  • Action Verbs & Linking Verbs
  • Helping Verbs: do, does, did, will

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 6

Grammar

  • Quotation Marks (simple dialog)
  • Adjectives: Comparative
    • Regular (-er)
    • Irregular
  • WH words as vocabulary (who, what,
    where, when, why, how)
  • Adverbs explain:
    • When
    • Where
    • How
  • Use adjectives & adverbs in “how-to” writing

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 7

  • WH words explained with sentences (who, what,
    where, when, why, how)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 3

Zone 2

Fonts & Writing Style

  • Roman vs Sans Serif (review)
  • Double-Story “a” & “g” (review)
  • Monospace & Geometric (review)
  • What is a Serif? (review)
  • Script & “Other” Fonts (Decorative)
  • Cursive & Print Styles:
    • Copperplate
    • Blackletter
    • Palmer & Block Letter vs D’Nealian
    • PinkWrite

Application

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 3

Grammar

  • Sentence types: (review)
    • Declarative (Statement)
    • Interrogative (Question)
    • Imperative (Direction)
    • Exclamation (Wow)
  • Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives (review)
  • Subject – Predicate (expand & apply)
    • Predicate: Verb
    • Predicate: Noun
    • Predicate: Adjective
  • some with plural nouns
  • any
    • positive with singular nouns
    • negative with plural nouns
  • Capitalize
    • Proper Adjectives (Uncle Sam)
    • Titles (Mr. Samson, Grandma)
    • vs common nouns
  • End sentences with question mark, period, or exclamation mark (review)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 4

Grammar

  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Possessive Nouns
  • Conjunctions: and, or, but
  • Comma
    • Direct Address (review)
    • Introductory words (review)
    • Serial lists (review)
    • Before but
  • Abbreviations for time (a.m., p.m.)
  • Subject – Object (review)
    • Nouns
    • Personal Pronouns
  • Prepositions: to, from, for, by
  • Singular & Plural (review)
  • Noun Suffix Rules (Noun Spellings)
  • Countable vs Uncountable
  • Classifiers (a cup of ___, a loaf of ___, etc.)
  • the with plural nouns
  • Word-Building
  • Pronouns of Time (as vocabulary phrases, not in sentences)
    • Complex (the week after next, this coming Wednesday, etc.)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 5

Grammar

  • Ordinals
  • WH Q&A
    • via “do” and “are” (review)
    • via “did” and “will”
  • Past, Present, Future
  • Verb Suffix Rules (Verb Spellings)
  • Contractions (past, present, future, negative)
  • Action Verbs & Linking Verbs (review)
  • Helping Verbs:
    • do, does, did, will (review)
    • can, may
  • “BE going to…” = “will…”
  • Identify Helping Verb vs Main Verb
  • Irregular Verbs (simple & few)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 6

Grammar

  • Demonstratives
  • Quotation Marks & Commas in Dialog
  • Requests & Responses of Preference to WH Questions (any [n.], anything [adj.], something [adj.], want, don’t, can’t, etc.)
  • Adjectives & Adverbs: Comparative & Superlative
    • Regular (review)
    • Irregular (review)
    • “more/most” (count syllables)
    • “less/least”
  • Suffixes (modifiers: comparative, superlative, adverbial)
  • Adverbs of Frequency (usually, often, occasionally, rarely, seldom, sometimes, sporadically, never, etc.)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 7

Grammar

  • Interrogative Pronouns (compare to WH questions)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 4

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 3

Grammar

  • Sentence types: (review)
    • Declarative
    • Interrogative
    • Imperative
    • Exclamation
  • Subject – Predicate (review)
    • Predicate: Verb
    • Predicate: Noun
    • Predicate: Adjective
  • Capitalize
    • Countries, states, counties, townships, cities, districts, roads (addresses)
    • Days, months, eras
  • End sentences with question mark, period, or exclamation mark (review)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 4

Grammar

  • Possessive Pronouns
  • Possessive Nouns
  • Lists: either, neither, nor, but not, all except, me too, not __ either
  • Comma
    • Direct Address (review)
    • Introductory words (review)
    • Serial lists (review)
    • Before but (review)
    • Dates
    • Addresses
  • Abbreviating with all-caps
    • U.S.A., F.B.I., U.N., etc.
    • Acronyms (SCUBA, etc.)
    • State codes in addresses
  • Subject – Object (review)
    • Nouns
    • Personal Pronouns
  • Prepositions: with, beside, between, near, on, over, under, upon, into
  • Noun Suffix Rules (review) (Noun Spellings)
  • Irregular Nouns (chart) (101 Nouns)
  • Countable vs Uncountable (review)
  • Classifiers (a cup of ___, a loaf of ___, etc.) (review)
  • the as a substantiver
  • Pronouns of Time
    • Complex (the week after next, etc.; review)
    • As possessives (yesterday’s lunch, etc.)
  • Word-Building (review & expand)
    • Nations & Cultures
    • Abstract Nouns (vs Concrete)
      • Can’t feel with five senses
      • Constructing from Adjectives, etc.

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 5

Grammar

  • Ordinals (review)
  • WH Q&A
    • via “do” and “are” (review)
    • via “did” and “will”
  • Past, Present, Future (review)
  • Contractions (review)
  • Action Verbs & Linking Verbs (review)
  • Helping Verbs:
    • do, does, did, will (review)
    • can, may (review)
    • could, would, should, might (different meaning)
  • Identify Helping Verb vs Main Verb
  • Irregular Verbs (chart) (303 Verbs)
  • Subject – Verb Agreement

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 6

Grammar

  • Demonstratives (review)
  • Quotation Marks & Commas in Dialog (review)
  • Limiting Categories in response to WH Questions: (All but __, every __ except __, only __, nothing else, nothing but __, etc)
  • Adjectives & Adverbs: Comparative & Superlative (review & expand)
  • Adjectives vs Adverbs (Adjective Spellings)
  • Adjectives: Equative Comparison
    • (just/almost/not quite) as ___ as…
    • …the same as…
    • …the same ___ as always.
  • Adverbs of Manner (badly, clockwise, counterclockwise, happily, loudly, noisily, quickly, quietly, sadly, slowly, well)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 7

Grammar

  • Interrogative Pronouns (compare to WH questions)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 8

Grammar

  • Pronouns & Antecedents
  • Narrative Dialog: (time) ago, (n)ever [have], since (time), for (time), once, in (time), over a span/period of (time), etc.

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 5

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 3

Grammar

  • Sentence types: (review)
    • Declarative
    • Interrogative
    • Imperative
    • Exclamation
  • Subject – Predicate (review)
    • Predicate: Verb
    • Predicate: Noun
    • Predicate: Adjective
  • Capitalize
    • Institutions
    • Names with titles
    • Continents, oceans, known regions, geographic entities
  • Indirect & Tag Questions
  • Discuss advanced colors
  • Nominative Case: Subject, Predicate Nominative, Predicate Adjective

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 4

Grammar

  • Conjunctions: and, or, but (compound sentence vs compound Subject/Verb/Predicate/Objects)
  • Comma
    • Direct Address (review)
    • Introductory words (review)
    • Serial lists (review)
    • Before but (review)
    • Dates (review)
    • Addresses (review)
    • Compound Sentences
  • Conjunctions as Modifiers (but a little, it is but/yet/still morning, not yet ready, not there yet, etc.)
  • Common abbreviations (adj., n., etc., viz., e.g., i.e.)
  • Subject – Object (review)
    • Nouns
    • Personal Pronouns (phrases with past & present tense)
  • Prepositions: about, around, after, against, before, beyond, during, following, inside, toward, through, without
  • Noun Suffix Rules (review) (Noun Spellings)
  • Irregular Nouns (101 Nouns)
  • the as a substantiver (more complex phrases, the one who/which/that…)
  • the as par excellance, superlative, monadic & celebrity
  • Genitive Case: Possessive
  • Vocative Case: Direct Address

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 5

Grammar

  • “Determiners”
    • “Articles”
    • “Possessives”
    • “Demonstratives”
    • “Numerals”
    • “Ordinals”
    • “Quantifiers”
  • Past, Present, Future (review)
  • Present Progressive (BE + VERB-ing)
  • Contractions (with BE + Present Progressive)
  • Action Verbs & Linking Verbs (review)
  • Prefixes (negation, simple)
  • Helping Verbs:
    • do, does, did, will (review)
    • can, may (review)
    • could, would, should, might (review)
  • Possibility vs Probability
    • “I might go.” vs “I probably will go.”, etc.
  • Conditionals & Willingness
    • “I would/will/might go if…”, etc.
  • Progressive (Gerund) Verb Forms (chart) (303 Verbs)
  • Gerunds & Infinitives
    • Identify & Differentiate
  • Subject – Verb Agreement (review)
  • Accusative Case: Direct Object

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 6

Grammar

  • Demonstratives (as modifier clause)
  • Quotation Marks & Commas in Dialog (review)
  • Adjective & Adverb: Spelling Rules (review) (Adjective Spellings)
  • Adjectives: Equative Comparison (review)
    • (just/almost/not quite) as ___ as…
  • Suffixes (modifiers: comparative, superlative, adverbial)
  • Adverbs of Degree (completely, hardly, just, pretty, quite, rather, too, very)
  • Nominative Case: Subject (review)
  • Oblique Case: Object Pronouns

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 7

Grammar

  • Commas: Restrictive & Non-Restrictive (brief application)
  • Conjunctions: Logic & Cause (because, so, therefore, accordingly, due to, on account of, because of)
  • Direct Object – Indirect Object
  • Relative Pronouns (vs Interrogative)
  • Accusative Case: Direct Object (review)
  • Dative Case: Indirect Object

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 8

Grammar

  • Pronouns & Antecedents (identifying incomplete communication with unspecified pronouns)
  • Reflexive Pronouns (Pronouns)
  • Genitive Case: Substance, Origin
  • Dative Case: Involvement, Means
  • Instrumental Case
  • Locative Case

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 9

Grammar

  • Modifiers: Other than Adjectives & Adverbs
  • Ablative Case
  • Lative Case

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 10

Fonts

  • Gutenberg’s Press & Blackletter
  • Jensen & Caslon
  • Serif vs Sans Serif: Caslon IV’s Grotesque

Grammar

  • Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 6

Zone 4

Grammar

  • Conjunctions: yet, however
  • until
    • until preposition: “We walk to/until sunset.”
      • Only used with time/event/condition -related nouns, not space
        • NOT:The road continues until New York.”
        • YES: We drive until we reach New York.”
        • YES: Our journey continues until we reach New York.”
        • NOT: “The elevator can take passengers until eleven people.”
        • YES: “The elevator can take passengers until it has eleven people.”
        • YES: “The elevator can take passengers until it is full.”
    • until modifier: up to & before a time or condition or condition is met
      • Prohibitive adv.: “I won’t work until ready.” (ready is an adjective)
      • Positive adv.: “I will work until finished.” (finished is an adjective)
    • until conjunction: “I am eating until I am sleeping.”
  • Compound sentence vs compound Subject/Verb/Predicate/Objects (review)
  • Semicolon
  • the as a substantiver (review)
  • the as par excellance, superlative, monadic & celebrity (review)
  • the “we already know which” (confusing & inappropriate use)
  • Abstract Nouns (created using root words)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 5

Grammar

  • “Determiners” (review)
    • “Articles”
    • “Possessives”
    • “Demonstratives”
    • “Numerals”
    • “Ordinals”
    • “Quantifiers”
  • Past, Present, Future (review)
  • Present Progressive (review)
  • Past Progressive, Future Progressive
  • Present Perfect
  • Contractions (HAVE + Perfect, will be + VERB-ing; not past progressive!)
  • Prefixes (negation, more complex)
  • Suggestions & Advice
    • should (not), ought (not), might (not) want to
    • Let’s___
    • Why don’t [n.] (v.)…
    • Why not (v.)…
    • You had better…
    • Should I…?
    • Who/What should…?
  • Conditionals & Willingness (review)
    • “I would/will/might go if…”, etc.
    • “should” used as “if”
  • Prohibition & Obligation
    • have to, must, need to, should
  • Gerunds & Infinitives (review & expand)
    • Identify & Differentiate
  • Perfect Verb Forms (chart) (303 Verbs)
  • Verbs: Transitive & Intransitive
    • [S.] (vt.) [O.]
    • [S.] (vi.)
  • Phrasal Verbs
    • (v.) + preposition
    • (v.) [O.] + preposition
    • (v.) [adv.] + preposition
    • (v.) [adv.]

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 6

Grammar

  • Demonstratives (as modifier clause; review)
  • Quotation Marks & Punctuation in complex Dialog
  • Adjective & Adverb: Spelling Rules (review) (Adjective Spellings)
  • Adjectives: Equative Comparison (review)
    • (just/almost/not quite) as ___ as…
  • Modifier as Subject
    • “Even better is…”, “Even more importantly,…”
  • Suffixes (modifiers: comparative, superlative, adverbial; review)
  • Adverbs of Circumstance (abruptly, fortunately, unfortunateley, luckily, unluckily, obviously, shockingly, surprisingly, vaguely)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 7

Grammar

  • Commas: Restrictive & Non-Restrictive (expand with WH clauses)
  • Conjunctions: Logic & Cause (because, so, therefore, accordingly, due to, on account of, because of) (review)
  • Direct Object – Indirect Object (more difficult; review)
  • Relative Pronouns (vs Interrogative; review)
  • Clauses (one verb each)
  • WH Clauses (WH – Relative and Interrogative Clauses)
  • Demonstrative Clauses

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 8

Grammar

  • Pronouns & Antecedents (identify antecedents in paragraphs, ‘most likely’ antecedent in confusing situations)
  • Reflexive Pronouns (review) (Pronouns)
  • Passive vs Active Subjects with Objects

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 9

Grammar

  • Figurative Language
    • Metaphor vs Simile
    • Hyperbole
      • Over statement & Understatement
      • Sarcasm & Irony
    • Common Figures of Speech
    • Inventive Figures of Speech

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 10

Fonts

  • Gutenberg’s Press & Blackletter (review)
  • Jensen & Caslon (review)
  • Serif vs Sans Serif: Caslon IV’s Grotesque
  • ArtDeco Era: Futura, Bank Gothic, Bauhaus & Egyptian

Grammar

  • Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases (review)
  • Noun Case: Nominative, Vocative
  • Noun Case: Accusative, Dative
  • Noun Case: Ablative, Lative
  • Noun Case: Locative, Instrumental
  • Noun Case: Genitive
  • Noun Case: Oblique
  • Genitive Measurables (a bottle of, a cup of, a piece of)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 7

Zone 4

Grammar

  • Compound sentence vs compound Subject/Verb/Predicate/Objects (review)
  • Semicolon (review)
  • Commas (review)
  • and, or, but, yet, however, (not __) either, neither, nor, but not, except (review)
  • Changing meanings via: the, a(n), demonstratives, possessives
  • Abstract Nouns (review)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 5

Grammar

  • “Determiners” (review)
    • “Articles”
    • “Possessives”
    • “Demonstratives”
    • “Numerals”
    • “Ordinals”
    • “Quantifiers”
  • Suggestions & Advice (more direct & courteous)
    • May I suggest…? (as a question)
    • Please consider… (as statement)
    • In my humble opinion, Please consider, (as dependent clauses)
    • etc.
  • Hypotheticals viz Subjunctive (if, were, had)
    • (AKA ‘unreal conditionals’)
  • Gerunds & Infinitives
    • the Substantiver with Gerunds
  • Progressive used as future or intent; “BE going to VERB”
  • Past Perfect
  • Passive Voice
  • Mood (overview)
    • Indicative
    • Subjunctive
    • Imperative
  • Inventing Tense Combinations (no charts, use time diagram)
    • Perfect & Progressive
    • Active & Passive
    • Past
    • Present
    • Future
  • Verb Forms: (Verb Tense & Mood) (only at end, brief overview)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 6

Grammar

  • Demonstratives (as modifier clause; review)
  • Quotation Marks in artistic work titles & non-dialog
  • Adjectives: Equative Comparison (review)
    • (just/almost/not quite) as ___ as…
  • Modifier as Subject
    • “Even better is…”, “Even more importantly,…” (review)
    • “Equally valuable is…”, “Almost as unusual,…” etc.
  • Suffixes (modifiers: comparative, superlative, adverbial; review)
  • Order of Adjectives:
    • number, opinion, size, shape, age, color, origin, purpose

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 7

Grammar

  • Commas: Restrictive & Non-Restrictive (expand further)
    • WH clauses
    • Appositives
  • Conjunctions: Logic & Cause (because, so, therefore, accordingly, due to, on account of, because of) (review)
  • Direct Object – Indirect Object (review)
  • Clauses (one verb each; review)
  • WH Clauses (review) (WH – Relative and Interrogative Clauses)
  • Demonstrative Clauses (review)
  • Dependent vs Independent Clauses
  • Clauses as Modifiers

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 8

Grammar

  • Pronouns & Antecedents (identify antecedents in paragraphs, ‘most likely’ antecedent in confusing situations)
  • Reflexive Pronouns (review) (Pronouns)
  • Passive vs Active Subjects with Objects (review)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 9

Grammar

  • Figurative Language (review)
    • Metaphor vs Simile
    • Common Figures of Speech
    • Inventive Figures of Speech
  • Describing & Discussing Charts & Graphs
    • Literal Language

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 10

Fonts

  • Gutenberg’s Press & Blackletter (review)
  • Jensen & Caslon (review)
  • Serif vs Sans Serif: Caslon IV’s Grotesque (review)
  • ArtDeco Era: Futura, Bank Gothic, Bauhaus & Egyptian (review)
  • Recognize Fonts:
    • Helvetica vs Arial
    • Roman: Modern, Transitional & “Book” Old Style

Grammar

  • Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases (review)
  • Noun Case: Nominative, Vocative (review)
  • Noun Case: Accusative, Dative (review)
  • Noun Case: Ablative, Lative (review)
  • Noun Case: Locative, Instrumental (review)
  • Noun Case: Genitive (review)
  • Noun Case: Oblique (review)
  • Genitive Measurables (a bottle of, a cup of, a piece of; review)
  • Gerunds & Infinitives with Noun Case
    • Predicate Infinitive
  • Verb Voice
  • Verb Mood
  • Uses of Perfect & Future Tenses in Stories & Theories

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 8

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zones 4 & 5: Parts of Speech, Clarity

Grammar

  • Compound sentence vs compound Subject/Verb/Predicate/Objects (review)
  • Semicolon (review)
  • Commas (review)
  • and, or, but, yet, however, (not __) either, neither, nor, but not, except (review)
  • Changing meanings via: the, a(n), demonstratives, possessives (review)
  • Abstract Nouns (review)
  • “Determiners” (review)
    • “Articles”
    • “Possessives”
    • “Demonstratives”
    • “Numerals”
    • “Ordinals”
    • “Quantifiers”
  • Verb Forms: (Verb Tense & Mood) (reference)
  • All Verb Tense-Voice-Mood terminology
  • Preterite vs Perfect (review)
  • Passive vs Active (review)
  • Mood (review)
    • Indicative
    • Subjunctive
    • Imperative

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 6 & 7: Detail & Reason

Grammar

  • Quotation Marks (review)
  • Use in combination with multiple sentences:
    • Adjectives: Equative Comparison (review)
      • (just/almost/not quite) as ___ as…
    • Modifier as Subject
      • “Even better is…”, “Even more importantly,…”, “Equally valuable is…”, “Almost as unusual,…” etc.
      • more so
  • Commas: Restrictive & Non-Restrictive
    • WH clauses (review)
    • Appositive as vocabulary
  • Conjunctions: Logic & Cause (because, so, therefore, accordingly, due to, on account of, because of, etc.) (review)
  • Conjunctions: Clarification (inasmuch as, insomuch as, to the extent that)
  • Concession & Disclaimer (notwithstanding, albeit, of course, anyhow, though, although, but-yet-however)
  • Conjunctions as Modifiers (but [a little], however [simple], though [understandable])
  • Direct Object – Indirect Object (review)
  • Clauses (one verb each; review)
  • WH Clauses (review) (WH – Relative and Interrogative Clauses)
  • Demonstrative Clauses (review)
  • Dependent vs Independent Clauses (review)
  • Concessive Clauses

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 8

Grammar

  • Pronouns & Antecedents (review)
  • Reflexive Pronouns (review) (Pronouns)
  • Passive vs Active Subjects with Objects (review)
  • Narrative Dialog: (time) ago, (n)ever [have], once, in (time), over a span/period of (time), etc. (review)
  • It Constructions
    • it BE [adj.] that…
    • it BE [adj.] (infinitive)
    • it looks/seems/appears that…
    • it looks/seems/appears [adj.] that…
    • “It has been said…”, “It seems apparent that…”, “It looks as if…”, etc.

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 9

Grammar

  • Figurative Language (review)
    • Metaphor vs Simile
    • Common Figures of Speech
    • Inventive Figures of Speech
  • Describing & Discussing Charts & Graphs
    • Literal Language (review)
    • Figurative Language

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 10

  • Gutenberg’s Press & Blackletter (review)
  • Jensen & Caslon (review)
  • Serif vs Sans Serif: Caslon IV’s Grotesque (review)
  • ArtDeco Era: Futura, Bank Gothic, Bauhaus & Egyptian (review)
  • Recognize Fonts:
    • Helvetica vs Arial (review)
    • Roman: Modern, Transitional & “Book” Old Style (review)
    • Papyrus & Comic Sans
    • Monospace: Sans & Courier

Grammar

  • All Noun Cases & common prepositions
  • Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases (review)
  • Noun Case: Nominative, Vocative (review)
  • Noun Case: Accusative, Dative (review)
  • Noun Case: Ablative, Lative (review)
  • Noun Case: Locative, Instrumental (review)
  • Noun Case: Genitive (review)
  • Noun Case: Oblique (review)
  • Genitive Measurables (a bottle of, a cup of, a piece of; review)
  • Gerunds & Infinitives with Noun Case
    • Predicate Infinitive (review)
    • Gerund vs Verbal Noun
  • Verb Voice (review)
  • Verb Mood (review)
  • Uses of Perfect & Future Tenses in Stories & Theories (review)
  • Minimize & Reword
    • Modifiers
    • Word Count
    • Clauses
      • Concessive
      • Dependent

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 11

Capitalization
Punctuation

  • Awareness of Passive & Active Voice
  • Awareness of Modifiers
  • Awareness of Tone (entertainment-extras vs pure-information)
  • Purpose of Style:
    • Keep the same things the same so that differences can stand out
    • Different types of Style requirements
    • Stay consistent with non-requirements (create your own style)
  • Various Letter Styles
  • Geometric Idea Maps (freely applied to public speaking)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 9

In Class 9, all content is reviewed through three steps:

  1. Chart memory quizzes
  2. Identifying teaching points in existing sentences & writing
  3. Producing sentences & writing according to teaching points

These make Class 9 unique among all others because everything is review

Zone 7

Grammar

  • Quotation Marks (review)
  • Commas: Restrictive & Non-Restrictive (review)
  • Conjunctions: Logic & Cause (because, so, therefore, accordingly, due to, on account of, because of, etc.) (review)
  • Conjunctions: Clarification (inasmuch as, insomuch as, to the extent that) (review)
  • Concession & Disclaimer (notwithstanding, albeit, of course, anyhow, though, although, but-yet-however) (review)
  • Conjunctions as Modifiers (but [a little], however [simple], though [understandable])
  • Direct Object – Indirect Object (review)
  • Clauses (one verb each; review)
  • WH Clauses (review) (WH – Relative and Interrogative Clauses)
  • Demonstrative Clauses (review)
  • Dependent vs Independent Clauses (review)
  • Concessive Clauses (review)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 8

Grammar

  • Pronouns & Antecedents (review)
  • Reflexive Pronouns (review) (Pronouns)
  • Passive vs Active Subjects with Objects (review)
  • Narrative Dialog: (time) ago, (n)ever [have], once, in (time), over a span/period of (time), etc. (review)

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 9

Grammar

  • Figurative Language (review)
    • Metaphor vs Simile
    • Common Figures of Speech
    • Inventive Figures of Speech
  • Describing & Discussing Charts & Graphs (review)
    • Literal Language
    • Figurative Language

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 10

Fonts

  • Gutenberg’s Press & Blackletter (review)
  • Jensen & Caslon (review)
  • Serif vs Sans Serif: Caslon IV’s Grotesque (review)
  • ArtDeco Era: Futura, Bank Gothic, Bauhaus & Egyptian (review)
  • Recognize Fonts: (review)
    • Helvetica vs Arial
    • Roman: Modern, Transitional & “Book” Old Style
    • Papyrus & Comic Sans
    • Monospace: Sans & Courier
  • Font Weight
  • Font Spacing
  • Font Hierarchy

Grammar

  • All Noun Cases & common prepositions (review)
  • Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases (review)
  • Noun Case: Nominative, Vocative (review)
  • Noun Case: Accusative, Dative (review)
  • Noun Case: Ablative, Lative (review)
  • Noun Case: Locative, Instrumental (review)
  • Noun Case: Genitive (review)
  • Noun Case: Oblique (review)
  • Genitive Measurables (a bottle of, a cup of, a piece of; review)
  • Gerunds & Infinitives with Noun Case (expand & apply)
    • Predicate Infinitive
    • Gerund vs Verbal Noun
  • Verb Voice (review)
  • Verb Mood (review)
  • Uses of Perfect & Future Tenses in Stories & Theories (review)
  • Minimize & Reword (review)
    • Modifiers
    • Word Count
    • Clauses
      • Concessive
      • Dependent

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 11

Capitalization
Punctuation

  • Awareness of Passive & Active Voice (review)
  • Awareness of Modifiers (review)
  • Awareness of Tone (entertainment-extras vs pure-information; review)
  • Purpose of Style: (review)
    • Keep the same things the same so that differences can stand out
    • Different types of Style requirements
    • Stay consistent with non-requirements (create your own style)
  • Various Letter Styles (review & expand)
  • Geometric Idea Maps (apply to writing)
  • Newswriting
  • Opinion
  • Headline
  • Definition
  • Product Description
  • Story telling
  • 5-Paragraph Essay

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Class 10

In Class 10, Zones 10 & 11 are reviewed as one session/week each, two sessions in total

Review Zone 10

Fonts

  • Gutenberg’s Press & Blackletter (review)
  • Jensen & Caslon (review)
  • Serif vs Sans Serif: Caslon IV’s Grotesque (review)
  • ArtDeco Era: Futura, Bank Gothic, Bauhaus & Egyptian (review)
  • Recognize Fonts: (review)
    • Helvetica vs Arial
    • Roman: Modern, Transitional & “Book” Old Style
    • Papyrus & Comic Sans
    • Monospace: Sans & Courier
  • Font Weight (review)
  • Font Spacing (review)
  • Font Hierarchy (review)
  • Font History (recognize select fonts made before 1997)

Grammar

Noun Case
Verb Tense & Mood

  • Advanced Grammar:
  • All Noun Cases & common prepositions (review)
  • Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases (review)
  • Noun Case: Nominative, Vocative (review)
  • Noun Case: Accusative, Dative (review)
  • Noun Case: Ablative, Lative (review)
  • Noun Case: Locative, Instrumental (review)
  • Noun Case: Genitive (review)
  • Noun Case: Oblique (review)
  • Genitive Measurables (a bottle of, a cup of, a piece of; review)
  • Gerunds & Infinitives with Noun Case (review)
    • Predicate Infinitive
    • Gerund vs Verbal Noun
  • Verb Voice (review)
  • Verb Mood (review)
  • Uses of Perfect & Future Tenses in Stories & Theories (review)
  • Minimize & Reword (review)
    • Modifiers
    • Word Count
    • Clauses
      • Concessive
      • Dependent

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Review Zone 11

Capitalization
Punctuation

  • Awareness of Passive & Active Voice
  • Awareness of Modifiers
  • Awareness of Tone (entertainment-extras vs pure-information)
  • Purpose of Style:
    • Keep the same things the same so that differences can stand out
    • Different types of Style requirements
    • Stay consistent with non-requirements (create your own style)
  • Various Letter Styles
  • Geometric Idea Maps
  • Newswriting
  • Opinion
  • Headline
  • Definition
  • Product Description
  • Story telling
  • 5-Paragraph Essay

Critical Thinking

  • Nar

Stories

  • Nar

Zone 12: English Lit & Hermeneutics

  • Objective Meaning vs Likely Symbolism
    • Context in history
    • Original language & style
    • Setting of the writing
    • Background of author
  • Using grammar to clarify meaning
  • Plot Components used by authors
    • Character Development
    • Foreshadowing
    • Character Introduction
    • Plot Element Explanation
    • Plot Goals
    • Plot Challenges
    • Protagonist
    • Antagonist
    • Supporting Character
      • Helper
      • Friend
      • Informer
      • Encourager
      • Witness
    • Plot Devices
    • Chekov’s Gun
    • Ticking Clock
    • Option Exhaustion
    • Crisis-Solution