Assignment: Write the rough draft of your term paper. Make sure it is five typed pages long. When you finish writing the paper, post it. Include “Term Paper Rough Draft” in the title of the post.
The RPC curriculum is run mostly by its founder, Ron Paul, but there are other teachers for it’s subjects such as Science, Math, History, Grammar, English, and more, (like Biology, and Business) and all the teachers, I think, did an outstanding job at teaching, and if you are interested in using RPC from my term paper, I have put a link in the bottom of the post to see it’s other benefits (such as students will be able to be 98% self-taught above grade03)
First, a list of the lists of what will be in this summary of what my 7th grade English term was:
- The list of books I read
- Common worldviews (and how’re they are portrayed with books)
- Book Categories
- Book Genres
- The Vocabulary studies
- Reading good books
- How to write and why to write, a good book essay
- And more! (note, this is not in the exact order the curriculum is in, categories came before worldviews)
The RPC English curriculum is one of my favorite parts of the RPC curriculum, it has made me read some very influential books, and although I didn’t like all of them, ( Example: white fang, which was a book about a dog who basically just trades owners a lot and braves the frontiers dangers in the north frontier of America, it is almost solely narrator based and I find it pretty boring.) I am still glad I got to read such “deep” books, that make you go and actually THINK what sort of message the author is sending, and “living” books, that actually have good role models and that make you feel things. This year’s class was taught by MR. Bradley Fish, and I think he did a very good job this year.
Here is a list of all books I read for this year:
- The Dragon and The Raven by G.A.Henty
- Wulf the Saxon by G.A.Henty
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court by G.A. Henty
- Treasure Island by Jules Verne
- White Fang by Jack London
- A knight of the White cross G.A. Henty
- Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
- an Assortment of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Conan Doyle
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Alice’s adventure in wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The Lion of the North by G.A.Henty
- Journey to the center of the Earth by Jules Verne
- Little Men Louisa by May Alcott
- Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
- Macbeth by Shakespeare
- Idylls of the king by Lord Tennyson
- The Odyssey by Homer
- The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
- Assortment of poems
- Assortment of short stories
Thanks to Bradley’s teaching, it’s pacing, (or speed the story is told in) or how the book can portray an author’s worldview (although sometimes it may not portray it very well). also: there are many worldviews a book can portray, such as:
- Naturalism: everything is in the material realm, there is no God; everything can be explained by the natural law
- Pantheism: everything is in the spiritual realm, everything is a God, and man is at the top of the universe
- Theism: An infinite, personal God exists, he created a material world. The universe as we know it has a beginning and end
- Spiritism and Polytheism: The world is populated by spirit beings who govern what goes on. Gods and demons are the real reason behind “natural” events.
- Postmodernism: Reality must be interpreted through our language and cultural “paradigm.” Therefore, reality is “socially constructed.”
- Hedonism: Anything is good as long as it fills you with joy, anything that makes you sad or angry, you should not be doing.
- Socialism: everything, food, money, property, and distribution should be owned by the government, this way of thinking often leads to communism.
I have learned a lot about English literature this year, such as the categories a book can have ranging in size and the pacing it’ll have, and genres a book can be in, and there are many types, but which are divided by Fiction and Non-fiction, where one takes place in a fake world (fiction) and one that is in the real world (non-fiction) they can then be divided into many other genres, a notable thing about non-fictions is that there are less types than fiction, list here of book categories and genres:
- Novels, the most common form of literature art, are also the longest type of books, reaching word counts above 500, when Novellas and Short Stories are almost always below that number. Novels, Novellas, and Short Stories are written in prose narration, basically, prose narration is basically how normal humans talk, it has no rhyme, not a matching rhythm, special formats, or anything similar to that. Novels are made up of 5 large parts that are necessary to a good novel, this includes: Plot, Setting, Character development, and Author’s style, and Theme, with each having sub-categories and so on and so on.
- Novellas are basically Novels but, because these types of books are shorter, often have faster pacing and possibly have less complex plot.
- Short Stories are the shortest form of literature, even shorter than novellas, often consisting of a couple pages, so they need a really short plot, maybe just a little character development (if you have enough space) and the story needs to be short enough to actually work as a comprehensible plot. (example of one a short story I posted on my blog: https://digstarblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/sir-gawain-and-cecilys-stolen-cane/)
- Poetry is actually a very large sub division of categories, and it’s lengths can range from MASSIVE epics, such as Homer’s The Odyssey, or teeny tiny Haikus, which is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.* A poem almost always has a rhyme, rhythm, and theme. A poet can make his/her poem about almost anything.
- Drama is a type of literature made to be reenacted in a play, it is written to be in theatre, and performed by actors on a stage to a live audience. The structure of dramas, unlike other literature, is directly influenced by the collaborative production.
- Autobiographies (+ biographies): autobiographies and biographies are very similar in which they are a summary of a person’s life, where the difference being that autobiographies being written by the person they’re writing about, and biographies were written by someone else.
- Almanacs are books filled with important dates for farmers for the entire year, such as when it will rain, and when it’s harvest time for, let’s say, potatoes, a variation of an almanac is a sports almanac
- The last type of nonfiction is an Encyclopedia: which is in short, a GIGANTIC book, or series of books, fully complete of all the words of a language and their meaning.
(common) Fiction Genres:
- Science fiction: these books may take place in the far away future, it may take place in space, or have supernatural beings, this genre basically includes what is “fiction” to science, while trying to utilise science in the book.
- Fantasy: Fantasies are quite similar to science fiction, but instead may try to explain and do things in the plot through “magic”, and they often have magical creatures like dragons and elves, and often have a predefined “hero” to save the day.
- Mystery fictions are often about a murder or a crime that has to be solved by the hero(s), it often has plenty of suspects, who probably had good opurtunity, and a good reason to commit the crime, mystery novels try to make the reader figure out the culprit as well during the book.
- Horrors: horror books are standard sized books made to fill the reader with dread, by use of things ranging from cryptic whole chapters to disturbing moments.
Such one example is the book “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” by Jules Verne, it’s genre is obviously science fiction, where they literally go to the center of the Earth, which for some reason is an ocean of mushrooms, plus all the strange physics of the large worlds in the center of the Earth are to bizarre, so it has to be a fiction for science. The pacing is rather fast paced as they go from place to place quickly, and the tone of the book changes quite quickly as well. The worldview this book would portray is evolutionism and naturalist view, because at one part they almost died to an “Early human”, however, Jules Verne was actually Catholic.(It’s actually disputed what Jules Verne’s worldview and religion was)
My class also taught many types of words to memorize like last year’s English course (even if it was a mix of Grammar/Literature) and some of these I had never heard before, including:
- Assonance: the repetition of a sound or vowel in non rhyming stressed syllables next to each other.
- Consonance: an agreement or compatibility between opinions and actions.
- Invective: highly abusive language.
- Understatement: a presentation of something that shows that it is less worse or dangerous than it actually is.
I was taught how to even write good short stories, with correct punctuation, such as “the merry men ate fish for a day”, and my personal favorite: “how Manny didn’t save the ice age baby”, which I enjoyed very much writing and rereading, which is something I don’t ALWAYS do for my non-creative posts. (or maybe poems)
I have never really been good at OR enjoyed writing poems, mainly because I just didn’t know how to write good poems, because either A: I didn’t find a good enough subject to write about, or B: I could never write how I felt would match the topic, however, even if I still don’t like writing for poem assignments, I am still glad I got to learn about the topic and actually be able to write something good because of how I was taught about poetic “feet”, rhythm, and possible rhymes, plus, what type of poem would be best to use when writing about something, and how to notice, and analyze, a good poem, so I’m glad I learned about poems anyway.
The RPC English term for 7th grade is one of the best ways to learn about good literature, and I highly suggest that if you are looking for a good homeschool curriculum, that you use the Ron Paul Curriculum.
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