English Grammar and Composition (EGAC)


This is a comprehensive grammar, spelling/vocabulary, and beginning writing course that includes literary analysis. The class is offered primarily to 8th and 9th grade students.

The grammar curriculum for this course is Saxon Grammar and Writing 8, the 2nd edition. This complete curriculum is developed in the classic Saxon model of incremental development and continuous review and includes instruction in grammar, spelling, and vocabulary development. Students can expect thorough instruction and practice in all areas of grammar including types of sentences, capitalization, punctuation, diagramming, all parts of speech, clauses, antecedents, appositives, subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, and much more. The weekly vocabulary development includes core-knowledge content in the areas of geography, science, literature, and history.

In addition to an extensive grammar focus, this course also provides instruction for writing paragraphs and essays. We use the Windows to the World curriculum, which is very efficient for helping students learn valuable writing skills while also providing instruction on literary analysis as the basis for their writing. The Windows to the World Curriculum includes instruction in the following topics as the basis for literary analysis and writing: annotation, plot/suspense, characterization, symbol, theme, setting, mood tone, irony, parallelism, allusions, and point of view.

This is a two-semester (year) course and counts as 1.0 English credit.

Students can expect 2 – 3 hours of homework per week for this class.

Instructor: Missy Meece

2 Texts:

  1. Grammar and Writing 8 (Student Text ONLY) by Saxon Publishers (around $33)
  2. Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis (Student Text ONLY) by IEW Publishers (around $30)