Thinking About High School ~ English/Language Arts

Thinking about high school English/Language Arts (ELA) curriculum? Things to consider as you make your choices: What are your student’s future educational goals? Is your student planning to pursue vocational training or attend a college/university? What are your student’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to reading and written communication skills.

high school englishVocational training programs will require basic technical reading comprehension skills as well as basic writing abilities. Your student will also need to be able to communicate effectively on written tests. It might be a good idea to compare your student’s abilities with the minimum high school competencies for ELA in your local area. Many high school competency ELA tests mirror the level of essential skills needed for success in vocational studies.

If your student is planning to complete a degree program at a college or university, then your focus will be different. Acquiring strong composition skills, especially in the areas of report of information, persuasive and analytical writing will be a priority. A college-bound student will also want to develop an outlining/note-taking strategy to help with keeping track of lecture information.

What to do for literature studies? The answer is one of personal family preference. Many SDA families choose to exclude fiction from literature study. It is important to note that literature study can be accomplished without fiction: essays, biographies, journals and other non-fictions works can provide the foundation for analytical writing, one of the main purposes for literature study.

Continued grammar or vocabulary lessons and the study of Greek/Latin roots can be helpful for students preparing to take the SAT or ACT.


Online Grammar Handbook– from the University of Minnesota.  Helpful for high school level students to see what type of writing and competency is required at the college level.

Elements of Style : classic writing handbook

Merriam-Webster – online dictionary with a Word-of-the-Day

SAT Question of the Day – get an idea of what type of grammar/writing is on the test.

A Chemistry Collection { High School Level Resource Links}

Resources to supplement high school level Chemistry studies.

chemistry notation* Interactive Chemistry Simulations from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

*Science Buddies- over 73 Chemistry project ideas, perfect for a science fair.

*More than 40 Chemistry video lectures, including note-taking guides, worksheets &  lab assignments from Georgia Public Broadcasting.

*Periodic Videos- Informative and entertaining videos for each element on the periodic table of elements from the University of Nottingham.

Thinking About High School ~Bible~

Graduation cap and textbooks


Thinking about high school Bible curriculum? Things to consider as you make your choices: Does your child have a clear understanding of the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church? Has your child ever read extended portions of the Bible? Has your child ever read a Spirit of Prophecy book?Does your student want to study alone or with you or even the pastor? If your student has not yet developed the habit of a personal devotional time, then you have both a starting point and goal for a Bible curriculum. Otherwise, start with an end goal in mind and discuss with your high schooler ways to accomplish that goal. Since most high schoolers are at the point of independent study, your primary responsibility will be to provide your student with the materials that fit his learning style.

Suggestions for study:
*Use a Bible reading plan to read through the Bible in a year or two.
*Read or listen through the Conflict of the Ages series (original/study guides) (modern English)
*Pair Bible reading with Conflict of the Ages series with Encounter study series(scroll down to bottom of page)
*Complete a Bible marking plan, either themed or doctrinal-based
*Read a how-to-study-the-Bible book (podcast)
*Take a dual-enrollment Bible class online from an SDA college/university(Southern) (Andrews)
*Work with pastor or bible worker in giving Bible studies to others