English II: Composition Skills is designed for tenth grade students. The course consists of five soft-cover chapters with five companion student activity books. Fifteen section quizzes and five chapter tests measure content mastery. English II is part of a continuous high school English curricula designed to prepare students for post-high school studies and careers which require strong composition skills. This second of a four-level English series applies the most effective techniques involving imagery association and left-right brain engagement. Paradigm high school English courses are available in a seamless program that begins with English I and continues through English IV. Every grade level (I through IV) focuses on interpretation and development of writing styles. English II: Composition Skills builds on skills learned in English I: Language Skills (ENG I, ninth grade*) by continuing to hone writing skills. Students read, write, and evaluate various genres carefully selected to expose students to noble ideals and writing techniques that equip students to craft strong sentences and paragraphs, while becoming effective wordsmiths skilled in producing poems, letters, essays, narratives, editorials, articles, speeches, allegories, and research papers. Students gain experience writing pieces that inform, entertain, persuade and challenge. Students learn to address literary concepts such as cause and effect, logic, premises, comparison, and contrasts.
During the learning process, students enhance vocabulary, build moral character, and gain insight on how to make wise life choices. Students who complete at least two PAC English courses are usually equipped to skip college freshman English courses. English II: Composition Skills is designed to earn one high school transcript credit.
*ENG I and ENG II can be used to recover students who are not ready for ENG III writing assignments.
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