LANGUAGE ARTS 10 – HONORS 2
Language Arts 9 – Honors 2 includes:
– A Review of the Conventions of English
– Great Books Survey, Part Two
Reading in the Great Books is considered a part of the John A. Widstoe Reading Club.
John A. Widstoe was an Apostle from his call in 1921 to his death in 1952. He was known as a Master Teacher and was President of Utah State University and later the University of Utah.
The John A. Widstoe Reading Club is based on the following quote by Elder Widstoe, given in a General Conference address, April, 1939.
It can be found in the Conference Report, page 21.
“The reading habit is most valuable in life. I mean by that the practice of using a little time, say half an hour a day, in the systematic reading of worthwhile literature. The mind is opened to precious fields of thought; the achievements of the ages become ours; even the future takes form. As the mind and spirit are fed by well chosen reading, comfort, peace and understanding come to the soul. Those who have not tried it, have missed a keen and easily accessible joy. Moreover a person who engages in such a regular daily reading, if only a few minutes a day, in the course of a few years becomes a learned man. But it must be a regular daily habit. … Some of the best educated men that I have ever met have never been to college but have acquired the habit of daily reading of good books for a few minutes a day.”
Ascent Advantage Academy encourages it students to work-up to reading 30 minute a day in topics of interest to them. Regular school work, especially reading of textbooks, does NOT count toward the 30 minutes of Widstoe Book Club Reading.
Prizes are given periodically for those who reach milestones in their reading. For example, when a student has read 500 pages or later, a 1,000 pages, or 5,000 pages or 25 books, 100 books, etc. he/she is duly recognized for his/her achievement.
Such regular reading, especially on topics of interest to the student encourages this lifelong habit, and greatly increases to student’s ability to read and read well.