High School Language Arts
No. When we reprint High School 1 language arts materials the next time, the only change will be changing The Good and the Beautiful Logo to the Greenleaf High School Logo.
When the high school student/parent portal and full Greenleaf High School program releases in the summer of 2021, we anticipate the language arts portion of the graduation requirements to be as follows (to be taken in any order):
Any Four Classes from the Following List:
–High School Language Arts 1
–High School Language Arts 2 (releases summer 2019)
–High School Language Arts 3 (releases summer 2020)
–High School Language Arts 4 (releases summer 2021)
–British Literature (releases summer 2021)
–World Literature (releases summer 2022)
–American Literature (releases summer 2022)
The student does not need to complete High School Language Arts 1, 2, 3, and 4; any four of the classes above fill high school language arts requirements (for example, a student could take High School 1, High School 2, British Literature, and American Literature. Or, a student could take High School 2, 3, and 4 and World Literature. Any combination will work. No courses have to be taken in a particular order). However, the literature classes do not cover grammar or editing, so it is suggested that if a child is completing a literature class, that they also work daily on one of our good and beautiful style Ten-Minute Daily Editing Exercises workbook (future release) for 10 minutes, to keep refining and improving grammar and editing skills.
Some students will be able to complete the high school 1-4 courses and complete Honors Book Studies/Literature classes.
The British Literature, World Literature, and American Literature Courses will each consist of a group of eight High School Honors Book studies. Honors book studies guide the student through high-quality, wholesome, challenging literature and cover the following subjects (depending on the Honors Book Study chosen): literature, poetry, writing (mainly essay composition, article writing, and effective writing skills), vocabulary, author study, art appreciation, and geography (art instruction is not included). Students can complete any number of book studies of their choice. However, if they want to get a “literature” credit, they must complete the book studies that will be required for each literature class. The literature classes do not cover grammar or editing, so it is suggested that if a child is completing a literature class, that they also work daily on one of our good and beautiful style Ten-Minute Daily Editing Exercises workbook (future release) for 10 minutes, to keep refining and improving grammar and editing skills.
Each high school language course is
If you are required to keep track of hours and find your student is going through the course too quickly, add more time reading literature from the course reading challenge, or have the student complete High School Honors Book Studies.
The student chooses a daily amount of time to spend on the course each day and does it consistently.
If the student can finish the units in less time than stated above, the student will have time to complete one or more High School Honors Book Studies and should be advanced enough to complete them. Advanced readers will naturally go through the courses more quickly. Those with a strong background in language arts will naturally go through the courses more quickly because they will complete assignments faster and will not need to watch the many optional videos that give extra help to those who need it.
No. Greenleaf High School is for those who are not seeking accredited classes, and accreditation is not necessary for admittance to most colleges and universities.
The course is a good combination of review and more complex concepts. Advanced students will move quickly through the review concepts (which is needed for cementing learning) and will also learn more complex concepts. The literature integrated with the course is challenging and of very high literary value. Also, advanced students should feel motivated to complete the course early in order to complete the fun and more challenging Honors Book Studies.
The course is designed to be completed very early by advanced students, giving all students without learning disabilities plenty of time to finish the course in one school year. Students should find our optional, easy-to-understand videos very helpful, and they can be re-watched as many times as needed.
The high school language arts curriculum is set up in a way that it can work to take the courses in any order. However, not going in consecutive order will occasionally require students to watch videos or study foundational grammar principles upon which other principles are built. In these rare cases, the course will say something like the following sentence: “Foundational Concept Needed: To understand run-on sentences, you must first understand what makes a complete sentence. If needed, watch the video titled ‘A Sentence Needs Three Things’ on www.thegoodandthebeautiful.com/videos before proceeding.” Because review and practice is vital to cementing principles, there is a lot of review in the courses, making it more feasible to take the courses out of order when needed.
If the student is starting 10th grade: It is recommended that the student complete EITHER Years 1, 2, and 3, or Years 2, 3, and 4 (because Year 4 reviews Year 1 concepts). However, many students could complete all four courses in three years.
If the student is starting 11th grade: It is recommended that the student complete Year 3 in 11th grade and Year 4 in 12th grade. If Year 3 and Year 4 are not yet released, take Year 1 and Year 2.
If the student is starting 12th grade: The student could simply take any of the high school language arts courses for 12th grade. Alternately, to cover the greatest amount of learning in language arts in one year, the student could take the Year 3 and Year 4 course in one year by modifying the courses as follows (which would allow most students to finish in one school year, although some students, in addition to these modifications, would need to spend an additional 15-20 minutes of language arts time each school to finish both courses in one school year):
Because the focus, reading speed, and experience of each students is hugely different, the time needed to be spent each day varies widely. The average student will need to spend is
Advanced students should be able to finish the course in less than one school year by spending the times listed above. However, students that are slower but still want to complete Honors Units Studies can simply spend more time each day.
Average advanced students that spend the maximum time listed above are expected to finish High School 1 in 1/2 a school year. Average advanced students that spend the minimum time listed above are expected to finish the course in 2/3 of a school year.
We suggest that you purchase all the required reading books from The Good and the Beautiful for these reasons:
However, you do not need to purchase the versions published by The Good and the Beautiful, unless they are compilations published only by The Good and the Beautiful. Some of the books have Kindle versions, and they will work, but consider #3 above.
It is up to the parent. Our suggestion is that students who are slow readers and need to speed up the course listen to every other chapter of a book through Audible, or the student listens to 1-2 of the required reading books for each course and reads the other books.
Greenleaf High School Language Arts is recommended for students in 8th or 9th grade and above.
Art history and appreciation and geography are thorough and designed to not need supplementation. One art project is included for each unit, for a total of 10 art projects during each course. Students interested in pursuing more than basic skills will likely want to supplement with extra art courses.
Pencil drawing is taught in each level. The other mediums taught for each level are as follows:
High School 1—Watercolor
High School 2—Watercolor Pencils & Charcoal
High School 3—Acrylic Paint
High School 4—Soft Pastels
No. The creators of this curriculum see huge benefits in learning to diagram sentences for certain concepts, but not for others. Steps 1-15 cover everything we feel is needed with sentence diagramming. All these steps are reviewed and cemented in the high school courses.
Yes, even the High School Cards, which contain poetry that is faith-based.
No. The goal of The Good and the Beautiful curriculum is not to teach doctrines specific to a particular Christian sect, but to teach general principles of moral character such as honesty and kindness. The King James Version of the Bible is used when quoting Bible verses.
You will have to use your best judgment, especially taking into consideration the child’s handwriting and writing abilities. The biggest struggle for younger children in higher levels is usually the writing assignments. In addition to this, our assessments are limited and cannot test all grammar principles; consequently, there may be gaps in learning if younger children start at a high level. It is recommended that you do not start any child more than one level above his or her corresponding grade level (allowing the child to move through the levels as quickly as he or she is able).
The Language Arts courses do not follow Common Core standards. Each course strives to teach everything moral and sound that is being taught in public schools while going above and beyond many public school standards but not necessarily in the same order.