Language Arts

Through language arts, the student learns to propose and arrange her ideals in effective form so as to communicate her ideas clearly. She learns to write creative narratives as well as expository and persuasive essays and research papers. She learns to read inferentially and to critically analyze a wide variety of good professional writing: the memoir, the short story, the poem, the essay, and the novel. The student of language arts confronts both modern and classical issues, and learns to form an intelligent response via either the written page or the spoken word. His writing is enhanced by his maturing understanding of correct grammatical structure and its application to the communication process. The student learns that oral expression in the context of class discussion is a prelude to written expression, and he learns to take pride in reading aloud his own writing for the enjoyment of his classmates. At the highest level, he also learns the joy of self-expression in formal speech and the art of performing in drama.

The study of literature within the context of a Christian curriculum provides a realistic window into the heart of man. It sheds light on man's pursuit of greatness and on his miserable failures, on his purest vision and his most selfish exploits, on his nobility and his disgrace. The study of literature enables the student to examine a wide range of human thought and experiences under the magnifying lens of biblical truth. The study of literature opens the mind to the truth based on the word of God, and sharpens the ability to identify ignorance and prejudice.  The study of literature also sharpens the mind and character of the Christian student with the ability to discern what is to believed and what is to be discarded.

The study of writing nurtures the student's personhood and improves the quality of life. The student learns to see her world with new eyes, to rediscover what she already knows, and to cultivate her critical thinking and imagination. She learns to fuel her writing by reading good literature, which enables her to expand a reservoir of ideas.  She learns when and how to conduct the research process. The student learns to express himself with greater clarity and confidence, to think logically, clearly, and freshly. He overcomes his fear of the blank page and develops dependable writing habits which will serve him for life. He discovers his unique writing style and he hears his own voice. Ultimately, the student experiences true joy in the writing process.

As a result of the study of language arts, the student learns to know her own mind and becomes more fully herself. She strives to live less superficially, expressing her thoughts more meaningfully and confidently, as she probes great matters of doubt and faith. At length, as the student learns to apply his maturing knowledge of language arts to his own life experience, he becomes an eloquent avenue of God's grace to others.