Rod and Staff English

Rod and Staff English is an excellent combination of grammar and composition (writing), which produces outstanding results.

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Starting out the Building Christian English Series, Preparing to Build contains 6 units and a short dictionary. Each unit closes with review lessons, an extra activity, and a poem. (Unit 6, as a supplementary unit, does not follow this pattern.)

Beginning Wisely teaches that understanding sentence type and structure is basic to writing sentences, and then paragraphs and stories. Sentence parts are studied, and some simple diagramming. Nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs and their correct usage are exercised. Dictionary work, capitalization and punctuation, proofreading, and communication skills round out this English course.

Building with Diligence has 127 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with understanding sentence structures and types. Chapters 3-8 and Chapter 10 focus on seven parts of speech—nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions. Chapter 9 teaches concepts about punctuation. Chapter 11 concludes the course with lessons on capitalization, the dictionary, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. Interspersed throughout the book are 33 composition lessons. Continual review is built into the lessons. This English course is designed for approximately 120 minutes of class time per week.

Following the Plan has 119 lessons divided into 10 chapters. Interwoven throughout the book are lessons on oral and written composition, each marked by a design along the margin. This course is designed to provide sufficient drill and review of all the English concepts taught. Continuous review is built into the lessons. The course is designed for approximately 120 minutes of class time per week.

The 132 lessons in Progressing with Courage explain and illustrate the new concepts with continuous drill and review practice provided. Lessons on oral and written composition are interspersed throughout the book with plenty of how-to-do-it examples given.

Building Securely has 125 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with sentence parts and sentence construction. Object complements and subjective complements are introduced.

Preparing for Usefulness has 124 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with sentence elements and sentence structure. Objective complements, elliptical sentences, and compound-complex sentences are introduced.

Communicating Effectively consists of parallel texts called Book One and Book Two. Either book may be studied first, and Grade 9 and 10 can be combined for English class if desired. Both books review grammar concepts from Grade 8 and previous years, but each one deals with different kinds of composition. Book One has 114 lessons and Book Two has 118 lessons.

New grammar concepts include retained adjective complements, nominative absolutes, subjects of infinitives, moods of verbs, and idioms. Composition skills in Book One include lessons on listening and speaking, Bible study, outlining, argumentative essays, poetry, and letter writing. Composition lessons in Book Two teach study skills, expository essays, stories, descriptions, reference sources, and parliamentary procedure.

Interspersed throughout both books are lessons to improve writing, speaking, and editing skills. Writing and speaking lessons focus on style rather than content.

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