High School 1A ("9th/10th Grade") Class Details
- GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY: Students study a number of usage and grammar rules and concepts, including the possessive case, gerunds, serial commas and comma use, pronoun-antecedent agreement, parenthetic expressions, restrictive clauses, and non-restrictive clauses. Concepts are reinforced through regular practice worksheets, exercises, and activities. Vocabulary includes about 85 words (definitions, origins, synonyms, and use in context) which often appear on the SAT and ACT.
- AMERICAN LITERATURE: Our book set is American Literature for Christian Homeschoolers. Students analyze these areas of American Literature: essays, speeches, poems, letters, short stories, novels, and a biography. Students also review literary elements (theme, plot, character, setting, irony, symbolism, tone, and style), comparing often humanistic worldviews with a Christian view.
- COMPOSITION: Compositions often relate to areas of study in other "1A" subjects such as American Government and American Literature. Students receive thorough corrections on their turn-in essays, with the benefit of Scott Clifton’s degree in journalism and his experience as a writer and editor.
- AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: We review the American federal system of government, republics and democracies, the Biblical roots of government, government and Christianity, influences upon our government (Greece, Rome, England, the Renaissance, and the Reformation), government in the American colonies, the Declaration of Independence, state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, the U. S. Constitution, branches of government, principles of limited government, foreign affairs of early America, Washington’s Farewell Address, political parties, early attempts by government to limit Americans' freedoms, the battle over “internal improvements,” checks and balances between U. S. government branches, early Supreme Court decisions, tariffs, the North/South War and Reconstruction, constitutional amendments, the exponential growth of America’s government in recent history, socialism and progressivism, the Great Depression, the welfare state, bureaucracy, and foreign aid.
- MATH TIPS & TRICKS (OPTIONAL): Math Tips & Tricks meets on the same day as 1A, from 8:15 - 9:15 AM, and is included free with "1A." There are three main goals of this class:
- multiplying and dividing numbers with decimals
- calculating percents
- multiplying and dividing numbers with zeroes
- manipulating fractions
- multiplying and dividing numbers by 4 or by 5
Goal 2 is to sharpen students' speed and proficiency in these essential math skills:
- converting decimals/fractions/percents
- solving ratios
- speeding up "long division"
- solving fraction word problems
- working out real-world math problems (unit pricing, interest rates, tipping, and so on).
Goal 3: Increasing Success with Higher Math Classes
Here's the bottom line: The techniques and practice problems in "Math Tips & Tricks," if applied by students, will...
- make arithmetic faster,
- increase accuracy in problem solving,
- speed up math lessons with whatever program they use, and
- enable them to focus on concepts, not arithmetic, in higher math classes!
Students who join the Math Tips & Tricks class should already have their four operation tables (+, ‒, ×, ÷) thoroughly and quickly mastered. This is a great class for brushing up on mastering arithmetic skills like fractions, decimals, and percents, or improving performance in higher math classes by speeding up and honing skills in arithmetic!
We'll have lots of in-class practice problems, worksheets to complete at home (they shouldn't take more than about 10 minutes per day), and fun activities like "Jeopardy!" games in class.