Well-Ordered Language 4
Term: Yearlong 2020–21, September 8–May 28
Target Grade Levels: Grades 7–8
Schedule: 2x / week, 60–75 min.
Section 1: M/W 2:00 p.m. ET with Sarah Foose
Ongoing Enrollment and Placement
- if the student falls outside of the stated age/grade range for the class.
- if the student needs to demonstrate a certain level of skill and proficiency for the course.
- if the student has completed prerequisite requirements somewhere other than Scholé Academy (e.g., at home or with another school). In this case, our instructors will need to verify that the student has adequately fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.
- if a placement assessment has been recommended by a Scholé Academy instructor.
- If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
- If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
Well-Ordered Language Level 4 is the fourth part in a four-level series that presents grammar in a clear, orderly way, while simultaneously seeking to cultivate a child’s wonder of language with instruction in the context of narrative and language, attractive illustrations, and samples taken from classic children’s literature and poetry. The carefully crafted pedagogy of this series helps students learn the mechanics of grammar while they also see the power of language unfolding before them as they learn to gather and arrange words to express their thoughts clearly and accurately.
In this class, students will not merely be able to identify the parts of a sentence, but they will also understand how words behave in a sentence. As students see the components of language (the parts of speech) unfold before them throughout the Well-Ordered Language series, they will be able to apply their knowledge, gathering and arranging words to express their thoughts clearly and accurately. In the first semester of the class, students will learn about sentence diagramming, principal elements, adverbs & adjectives, predicate verbs, predicate nominatives & predicate adjectives, prepositional phrases, personal pronouns, Indirect objects, interrogative pronouns & interrogative adverbs, relative clauses with relative pronouns & relative adverbs, and appositives. In the second semester students will learn about reflexive and intensive pronouns, adverbial clauses and phrases, indefinite pronouns, participial phrases, gerund phrases, infinitive phrases, verbal phrase review, noun clauses, and sentence diagramming.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
Placement: Please read about our new process above.
- Students who have mastered the concepts presented in Well-Ordered Language Level 3 are well prepared for the content of Well Ordered Language Level 4.
- This course is geared toward rising 7th–8th graders. When considering whether this course is a good fit for your student, please keep in mind that in addition to readiness for the course content, students should be developmentally prepared to engage in a 7th- to 8th-grade corporate learning environment as well as the online classroom dynamic. If your student is outside of the target grade range, or if you have further questions about placement, please contact us.
*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.
Please note: The Well-Ordered Language Level 4 songs and chants will be provided to the students enrolled in this course at no charge.
Sarah Foose is looking forward to her fifth year of teaching online with Scholé Academy! This year she is teaching Writing & Rhetoric 2, a variety of Middle School and Upper School Spanish courses, and the newest course in the Well-Ordered Language series (Level 4). She has been working in the field of language and intercultural communication (including immigrant advocacy and public health) for the last fifteen years. She spent four of those years teaching in a local classical Christian K-12 school.
Sarah is passionate about her subjects—she loves finding the right Spanish verb or using parts of speech to unlock the more abstract mysteries of language that allow us to connect with other people on a deeper level. Her goal is to bring her students to a place of confidence, skill, and joy in communicating. Yes, even you can learn to be a Spanish speaker or English wordsmith!
When not teaching, Mrs. Foose can be found running outdoors in central Pennsylvania, cooking with her two young daughters who pretend to be ninjas and circus performers, reading CS Lewis and Roald Dahl aloud with her family, fishing with her husband Jeremy, and learning new languages. email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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