Writing and Composition
In writing, the focus is towards the composition of a five-paragraph expository essay, which develops a thesis statement clearly formulated in introductory paragraph. Students learn to choose a focus, write a thesis statement, transition into succeeding paragraphs, and formulate a strong conclusion. Different types of essay forms are also explored. Also addressed are increased polishing of narrative writing; writing with detail and precision; control and grace of expression; summarizing; persuasive writing; figures of speech, and introduction to basic poetic forms and style.
In grammar, students undergo a general and continuous review of all previous work, including parts of speech; elements of punctuation; phrases and clauses, verb and pronoun agreement; passive and active voice; and figures of speech (metaphor, simile, image, symbol, personification.)