Landmark's Freedom Baptist Curriculum (LFBC) offers comprehensive English courses for grades nine through twelve that include grammar, usage, spelling, vocabulary, composition skills, and literature. Each year, students will also write a research paper.
Each course has two student worktexts, one answer key for the two worktexts, a Tests and Quizzes book, the answer key for the tests and quizzes, and from one to three literature books. A small English Handbook is available free upon request. Courses are designed for independent study, although a parent needs to check student work and administer quizzes and tests.
The student workbooks include lines at the end of each week's lessons where the parent or teacher is to sign off that they have checked the student's work and give approval for the student to take the week's quiz or one of the quarterly tests. Some compositions assignments have specific lines for students to turn in work and have it signed off. In other cases, parents need to read closely before signing off on a week's work to ensure that students have turned in all composition assignments. There are no rubrics or tools to assist parents in evaluating compositions or research papers. However, LFBC has a Homeschool Guide ($5 or free with four or more courses) that includes a few pages that assist with evaluating written work. That information will gradually be added to answer keys for the English courses as they are reprinted.
Quizzes and tests require a parent or responsible person to dictate spelling words. Some short essay questions are included on some quizzes and tests. Key points that should be included in those essay responses are in the answer key.
Students read short stories or novels for these courses, and these are included among the course books. For ninth grade, they will read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Tenth graders have two books, The Collected Short Stories of Leo Tolstoy and The Collected Short Stories of O. Henry. For eleventh, grade the books are The Scarlet Letter and Robinson Crusoe. Twelve graders read three books: The Pilgrim's Progress, In His Steps, and Pride and Prejudice. Students answer questions regarding these books within their worktext. Since the answers have to be predictable so that they can be provided in the answer key, questions tend to be at the comprehension and understanding level. Essay questions on quizzes and tests sometimes push students into deeper thinking.
Parents who have the time might want to challenge students with deeper discussion of some of the reading material. However, these English courses will probably be most useful in situations where parents have very limited time to be involved with teaching. Students need to be able to work independently, and should already have decent composition skills. Parents can have students work through these courses independently, confident that students will be exposed to character-building material that is supportive of Christian values.