LANGUAGE ARTS

Note:The following is excerpted from the full SHS Curriculum. Click HERE For more information on aquiring a copy of our curriculum. 

"We are given a window into the meaning of the subject by its very name-Language Arts. It is an art using the medium of language, as painting is an art using the medium of oil or watercolor. The purpose of art is to express through a particular form and media something beyond itself, an ineffable quality, a profound, soul-saving idea. If Language Arts is an art, then grammar, vocabulary, spelling, handwriting, and composition are the building materials for this type of artistic expression. What words would best express a certain idea, argument or insight? What medium would best communicate the idea? Some of the greatest authors, before beginning a work, would consider whether poetry, prose, essay, or drama would best support their ideas. For Edgar Allen Poe, the sound of bells found its best expression in poetry because of this genre's ability to create the appropriate rhymes and rhythms of bells. As students learn to write, we both expose them to and instruct them in writing in a variety of forms and for different purposes. In their Language Arts education at St. Herman's School, they learn to write poetry, creative fiction, persuasive essays, science and history reports, biographies, and even thank-you notes..."