Rod and Staff English

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

 

Building Christian English Series

  Grade 2
Preparing to Build
Grade 3
Beginning Wisely
Grade 4
Building With Diligence
Grade 5
Following the Plan
Grade 6
Progressing With Courage
Grade 7
Building Securely
Grade 8
Preparing for Usefulness
Grades 9-10
Communicating Effectively
Oral Communication

Using complete sentences

Listening

Speaking
Using a telephone
Making introductions

Reading

Writing

Speaking
Giving explanations
Conversation
Book reports
Telling stories

Speaking
Giving directions

(Previous skills extended)

Oral explanations

Oral reports

Listening skills

Speaking style

Enthusiasm

Eye contact

Voice control

Book One

Listening and speaking skills

Outlining

Practical helps

Proper attitude

Book Two

Parliamentary Procedure

Motions

Procedure

Various roles

Parts of Speech

Nouns
Singular, Plural
Common, Proper

Verbs
Action, Be

Pronouns
Usage
Singular, Plural

Adjectives

Nouns
Possessive
Compound

Verbs
Present, Past tense
Forms
Helping, Phrases

Pronouns
Possessive

Adjectives
Descriptive
Adverbs

Direct objects

Nouns
Predicate
Phrases

Pronouns
Demonstrative
Subject, Object

Verbs
Future tense
Agreement
Lay, Lie
Can, May

Adjectives
That compare
Phrases

Adverbs
Phrases

Prepositions
Object of

Conjunctions
Coordinate

Nouns
Appositives
Concrete, Abstract

Verbs
Linking
Principal parts

Pronouns
Class, Case
Antecedent of
Bible
Interrogative
Indefinite

Adjectives
Limiting
Predicate

Adverbs
Degree

Interjections

Nouns
Gender
Collective
Irregular

Pronouns
Person, Gender
Relative

Verbs
Compound
Active and passive voice
Perfect tenses
Transitive, Intransitive

Adjectives
Appositive
Clauses
Proper

Adverbs
Clauses
Compound

Prepositions
Unnecessary

Conjunctions
Correlative
Subordinating

Indirect objects

Noun clauses

Compound personal pronouns

Pronoun agreement

Pronoun reference

Substantives

Verb conjugations

Divided verb phrases

Progressive verb forms

Emphatic verb forms

Attributive adjectives

Conjunctive adverbs

Mild interjections

Verbals
Gerunds
Infinitives
Participles
Split infinitives

Pronouns
Intensive
Reflexive

Nonrestrictive
appositives

Present participles

Verbal phrases

Relative adverbs

Objective complements

Retained objects

(Previous skills reviewed)

Subjects of infinitives

Moods of verbs

Adverbs that modify prepositions, conjunctions, entire sentences

Nominative absolutes

Retained objective complements

Words

Meanings

Usage

Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones

Contractions

Descriptive

Exact

Negative

Unnecessary prepositions

Archaic

Figurative

Metaphors

Personification

Similes

Etymologies

Heteronyms

Homographs

Hyperboles

Inflections

Introductory

Derivatives

Imagery

Onomatopoeia

Repetitous

Clichés

Foreign

Glossary of usage

Idioms

The Sentence

Recognizing sentences

Basic parts

Basic parts
Subject, Predicate

Direct object

Compound subject

Compound predicate

4 kinds

Diagraming

Basic parts
Predicate nouns

Run-on sentences

Variety in

Basic parts
Predicate adjective

Simple, Compound

Unity

Agreement

Basic parts
Indirect object
Predicate nominative

Coherence

Complex

Normal order, Inverted order, Mixed order

Conciseness

Effective sentences

Elliptical sentences

Misplaced modifiers

Parallelism

Balanced, Loose, Periodic

Compound-complex

Dangling participles

Elliptical clauses

Emphasis

Independent elements

Book One

Sentence effectiveness

Writing style

Active voice

Triplets

Book Two

Writing style

Active voice

Poetic devices

Sentence rhythm

Capitalization

Sentence beginnings

Proper nouns

Proper nouns

Initials

Pronoun I

Poetry

Letters

Titles

Quotations

Abbreviations

Addresses

Pronouns for God

Titles of respect

After interjections

Proper Adjectives

The Word O

Geographical features

Organizations

Ships and airplanes

Brand names

Trademarks

(Previous skills reviewed)

Punctuation

Sentence endings
Period
Question mark

Period with initials

Comma
In series, In letters, In direct address

Apostrophe

Exclamation mark

Quotation marks

Period
Abbreviations

Comma
Addresses
Compound sentences
Dates
Quotations

Colon

Hyphen

Semicolon

Ellipsis points

Italics (underlining)

Single quotation marks

Brackets

Dashes

Numbers and Figures

Parentheses

(Previous skills reviewed)

Types of Writing

Complete sentences

Descriptions

Paragraphs

Poetry

Stories

Directions

Friendly letters

Notes

Book reports

Reports

Outlines

Business letters

Developing paragraphs

Character sketches

Descriptive writing

Gathering information

Note-taking
From sermons
From written material
Organizing information

Proofreading

Poetry
Message, Repetition
Parallelism
Poetic feet

Reports

Social notes
Invitations
Thank-you notes

Apologies

Persuasive arguments

Characterization

Expositions

Poetry
Appreciating
Descriptive

Replies to invitations

Summaries

Book One

Arguments

Full thesis

Unity

Bible stories

Book reports

Nonfiction

Character sketches

Editing skills

Explanations

Letter writing

Outlining

Paragraph writing

Poetic music

Special poetry

Book Two

Descriptive essays

Editing skills

Expository essays

Bibliographies

Footnotes

Outlining Bible characters

Stories

Planning

Plots

Point of view

Improving the style

Using Helps

Dictionary
Alphabetical order

Dictionary
Entry
Entry words
Spelling
Meanings

Dictionary
Guide words
Pronunciations

Index

Concordance

Bible dictionary

(Previous skills extended)

Atlas

Encyclopedias

Thesauruses

Topical Bibles

Libraries

Card catalog

Dewey decimal system

Book One

Bible study

Background information

Bible commentaries, Doctrinal works

Chain-reference Bibles, Cross references

Greek and Hebrew word meanings

Outlining

Book Two

Libraries

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature

Stastisical almanacs

Study skills

Note-taking, summarizing

Outlining, Skimming, SQ3R method

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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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