PARADIGM curriculum is a true shift in content and format for textbooks!
A team of more than 60 researchers, writers, editors, and illustrators studied major textbook publishers for private and government schools to identify the best educational practices for addressing school challenges among contemporary teachers, parents and students. The team also interviewed hundreds of parents, students, juvenile probation officers, state education officials, pastors, police and counselors to determine needs and expectations of contemporary youth, especially those in challenging home settings. The result was production of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum & System (PACS) with these features:
Soft cover textbooks have the feel and appeal of a youth magazine;
First page graphics engage both hemispheres of the brain immediately to accommodate left and right brain learners;
Vocabulary highlights expand reading skills;
Life principles in every lesson support traditional parental values while inspiring noble aspirations and life choices;
Page layout is clutter-free, enabling students to move systematically and confidently through lessons without becoming distracted;
Companion activity books "walk" students chronologically through lessons with minimum dependence on adult oversight (encouraging growth of responsible independence);
Quizzes and tests provide quick and accurate feedback on content mastery while preparing students for standardized academic assessments;
Text content in print and CD-Rom (including "Talking Textbooks") format accommodates learning style preferences and needs;
Training modules with management forms equip parents and professional educators to set up and operate an effective individualized, accelerated learning program for students who have special needs as well as those who are serious candidates for college;
Courses are available in practical, cost-effective kits or individual chapters (for educators who like to put together their own course syllabus from various academic disciplines).
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The People, Places and Principles of America is a study of United States history from pre-Columbus expeditions through the election of President George W. Bush. This content-based course approaches the study of American history from the 15 major components of culture (families, agriculture, religion, economics, military, discoveries, inventions, etc). The writers include vignettes, biographical sketches, and narratives to engage students. Graphics, illustrations, time lines and maps help students visualize significant concepts, dates and events. This course has been called "real history" because it ties the fifteen major cultural components to real people, places and principles. The vocabulary level is applicable for students from eighth grade through graduation. The content is designed to raise students' aspirations for noble and honorable life styles. Essential academic elements are aligned with standards for Arizona, Texas and NCLB. This course is also available in Talking Textbooks. Activities and quizzes prepare students for assessment exams. This course is designed for two high school transcript credits: American History (I) and Studies of American Culture.
World Geography is available in six soft cover texts with six soft cover companion student activity books. The course is a study of the six basic geographic regions of the world: chapter one, North America; chapter two, South America; chapter three, Europe; chapter four, Africa; chapter five, Asia; and chapter six, Oceana. Each chapter covers 15 topics: borders, terrain, water, climate, vegetation and wildlife, famous sites and events, ethnicities, languages, religions, transportation, government, diplomacy, economics, natural resources, and industry, including exports. Maps, charts, and graphics enhance understanding and appreciation of the distinctive of each region. Students learn about such wildlife as polar bears, kangaroos, moose, eagles, seals, and tigers. Famous places are explored: pyramids, castles, canyons, tourists attractions, mountain ranges, and islands. Students learn abut Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Eastern religions. Lessons describe such things as rivers, ports, exports, free enterprise, national traditions, and transportation ranging from donkeys to jumbo jets.
This high school elective course is designed to introduce teenagers to basic tools and skills for home and career. Students learn skills involving electricity, plumbing, budgeting, carpentry, mechanics, and life management. Each of the 75 lessons begins with a narrative involving teenage role models who demonstrate character and skills while participating in home, shop or community projects. The course is especially advantageous for students who need practical guidance in employment and domestic relationships. Tools are suggested, but not required. The story line teaches practical benefits of cooperation with ethnic peer groups and neighbors. The authors have crafted the course not only to teach students how to use basic tools, but also to embrace courtesy, honesty, integrity and commitment. The narrative style, graphics and illustrations engage readers, drawing them into the lessons. The companion activity books help students work through the course in regular classrooms, shop or guided individualized learning programs. Course Kit consists of five, soft-cover, saddle-stitch books with five companion activity books, plus a Teacher´s Resource Kit with blackline master for activity answer keys, 15 section quizzes, 5 chapter tests with answer keys and CD-ROM for printing as needed on your computer quizzes, tests and keys. This popular course is a "must do" for contemporary youth, especially those who have no or only periodic contact with their fathers.
This course is designed to equip eighth grade students with a strong understanding of the eight parts of speech, grammar, and writing skills. The course consists of five, saddle-stitched chapters in an 81/2 X 11 inch size magazine format. The five chapters of text are supplemented with five corresponding activity books that guide students through the lessons. The combined set of texts and activity books are applicable in regular classrooms or guided individualized learning programs.
Students are introduced to character-building life principles and vignettes of persons who role model positive life styles. Each lesson and the corresponding activity questions are based on the vignette in a clever approach that ties English grammar skills to real-life situations. Every grammar rule or part of speech is illustrated twice with sentences drawn from the vignette. This technique connects students to the study of English in a practical and engaging manner. Students experience the highly effective learning approaches of Eskimo, Greek and Hebrew methodologies which have endured the tests of time.
Each lesson is introduced with a theme art illustration that draws the student emotionally into the text. This course is also an excellent "brush up" or "recovery" study for under-performing high school students or adults who are weak in English grammar skills and/or who need a high school transcript credit that is foundational for regular high school English.
The Teacher´s Resource Kit includes rubrics and answers to activity questions and writing assignments. 15 quizzes, quiz keys, 5 tests,and test keys are also provided. A black-line master and CD are included to enable the teacher to reproduce section quizzes and chapter tests as needed.
ENG I is part of a continuous high school English curricula designed to prepare students for post-high school studies and careers which require strong reading and writing skills. The first of a four-level series is built on techniques "borrowed" from four cultures: USA, Eskimo, Greek and Hebrew. Paradigm high school English is available in a seamless program that begins with English I and continues through English IV. Every grade level (I through IV) focuses on interpretation and development of writing styles. English I: Language Skills is designed for ninth grade and builds on skills learned in English Grammar Skills (EGS, eighth grade*) by reviewing the parts of speech and their application. Students read and evaluate literature carefully selected to expose students to noble ideals and writing techniques that equip students to craft strong sentences and paragraphs, while becoming effective wordsmiths skilled in producing poems, letters, essays, narratives,
editorials, articles, speeches, allegories, and research papers. Students gain experience writing pieces that inform, entertain, persuade and challenge. Students learn to address literary concepts such as cause and effect, logic, premises, comparison, and contrasts.
ENG II is part of a continuous high school English curricula designed to prepare students for post-high school studies and careers which require strong composition skills. The second of a four-level series is built on techniques "borrowed" from four cultures: USA, Eskimo, Greek and Hebrew. Paradigm high school English is available in a seamless program that begins with English I and continues through English IV. Every grade level (I through IV) focuses on interpretation and development of writing styles. English II: Composition Skills is designed for thenth grade and builds on skills learned in English I: Language Skills (ENG I, ninth grade*) by continuing to hone writing skills. Students read, write and evaluate different genres carefully assigned to expose students to noble ideals and writing techniques that equip students to craft strong sentences and paragraphs, while becoming effective wordsmiths skilled in producing poems, letters, essays, narratives, editorials, articles, speeches, allegories, and research papers. Students gain experience writing pieces that inform, entertain, persuade and challenge. Students learn to address literary concepts such as cause and effect, logic, premises, comparison, and contrasts.
ENG III is part of a continuous high school English curricula designed to prepare students for post-high school studies and careers which require strong reading and writing skills. The third of a four-level series is built on techniques "borrowed" from four cultures: USA, Eskimo, Greek and Hebrew. Paradigm high school English is available in a seamless program that begins with English I and continues through English IV. Every grade level (I through IV) focuses on interpretation and development of writing styles. English III: Writing Skills is designed for eleventh grade and builds on skills learned in English II: Composition Skills (ENG II, tenth grade*) by continuing to hone writing skills. Students read, write and evaluate different genres carefully assigned to expose students to noble ideals and writing techniques that equip students to craft strong sentences and paragraphs, while becoming effective wordsmiths skilled in producing poems, letters, essays, narratives, editorials, articles, speeches, allegories, and research papers. Students gain experience writing pieces that inform, entertain, persuade and challenge. Students learn to address literary concepts such as cause and effect, logic, premises, comparison, and contrasts.
ENG IV is the fourth part of a continuous high school English curricula designed to prepare students for post-high school studies and careers which require critical interpretive skills in language, literature, and writing. This course consists of four chapters carefully designed to encourage students to become virtuous and responsible adults in society by exposing them both to literature that encourages freedom and virtue and to literature that inhibits freedom and virtue.
Description: Overview of authors and literature that have impacted the world on a wide scale.
This course provides a study of the major world authors who were "firsts" in their fields of philosophy, reform, politics, science, religion, drama, poetry, novels, short stories, essays, biographies, and autobiographies. This study takes an historical approach to literature touching on ancient writings, and progressing through the Dark Ages, the Medieval Era, and into Modern times. This course also addresses cultural traditions of oral recitation, myth, fable, legend, parable, and folklore. The student will also learn to recognize literary characteristics such as theme, tone, and voice, as well as techniques to enhance interest, including anaphora, refrain, and many more components of literature.
The accompanying Activities will stretch a student´s writing and critical thinking skills, and requires memorization using the Benjamin Franklin approach to learning. The Activities will propel the student toward achieving literary and critical excellence and will enable a student to interpret important literary themes to become a competent student of Literature. As with all PAC courses, teachers may purchase all four chapters or may purchase only those chapters which the teachers prefer. Teachers may exercise personal preference for course content by selecting preferred chapters from those available in English I through IV. This course "doubles" as a philosophy course.
INDIVIDUAL CHAPTER DESCRIPTION
English IV: A Legacy of Freedom & Virtue in Literature & Philosophy, Chapter 1, Text
(Key topics: learning styles, historical documents, constructing literary works, writing styles, important literary works in American history, poetry and song, symbols, mottos, pledges, and slogans in American literature)
English IV: A Legacy of Freedom & Virtue in Literature & Philosophy, Chapter 2, Text
(Key topics: fiction, short stories, fables, mythology from around the world, fairytales, legends, parables, drama, poetry)
English IV: A Legacy of Freedom & Virtue in Literature & Philosophy, Chapter 3, Text
(Key topics: novels, point of view, novelists from the United States and from around the world, conflict, description, literary techniques, literary criticism, author credibility, biographies, autobiographies)
English IV: A Legacy of Freedom & Virtue in Literature & Philosophy, Chapter 4, Text
(Key topics: ancient writings and documents, literature of the Dark Ages, early Medieval writers, writers of the Renaissance, the first modern writers, writers who changed social behaviors, documents that produced modern governments)
This course is designed for seventh and/or eighth grade students who need a comprehensive study of basic mathematics from simple addition to pre-algebra. The learning approach is based on content mastery facilitated by a combination of practice and reasoning. Each math concept is explained, defined and illustrated with at least two examples. Activity problems are crafted carefully to move the student from known to unknown material. The writers and editors have demonstrated their extensive experience with guided individualized learning approaches. Students can move through the course and grasp math concepts with very little dependence on teachers. This course provides excellent remedial studies for high school level students or adults who need a refresher course prior to algebra.
*FREE Math Skills Diagnostic Test that pinpoints exactly where students need to start in Basic Math Skills. Click here to download the diagnostic test in PDF format; and for the diagnostic key click here.
This instrument identifies where students stopped
learning basic math skills between fourth and ninthgrade. It diagnoses and prescribes where the student should begin learning basics in order to grasp Algebra I. The Diagnostic test places students in the appropriate chapters of Basic and Intermediate Math Skills (designed for 7th and 8th grades, and high school refresher math)
This course is a continuation of Basic Math Skills. The style and format are identical. Content ranges from pre-algebra to introduction to basic algebra concepts. A scientific calculator is required. This course is also an excellent refresher course for persons who completed eighth grade math, but need to brush up on pre-algebra concepts before enrolling in algebra I or attempting competency exams for certification. PAC recommends that you order or download the Basic Math Skills Diagnostic Test [product number: 76196] to evaluate where your student needs remedial instruction. The diagnostic test is not necessary if your student has successfully completed Basic Math Skills. The Course Kit consists of six texts, six activity books and Teacher´s Resource Kit with activity answer keys, 18 quizzes, 6 tests and their answer keys plus CD-ROM for printing additional quizzes, tests and keys using your computer. A combination of Basic and Intermediate Math Skills is ideal for high school math modules (remedial pre-algebra).
This is a study of general science. The vocabulary and content are designed for junior high students, but are appropriate for grades eight and nine when used as reading enhancement. Essential academic elements are aligned with most states and NCLB objectives regarding origin of life and general science. The style is unique in that each lesson includes segments of adventure similar to episodes of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. Readers follow an engaging narrative and plot that requires application of scientific and positive life principles to solve mysteries. The characters practice moral restraint and personal responsibility to help civic officials reduce crime and upgrade community standards. This narrative approach engages students, drawing them through the course with minimum dependence on teachers. The course serves a triple academic purpose: addresses 7th grade science standards, is applicable as a reading enhancement course, and prepares students for assessment exams. This course is popular with students who have been bored with typical science textbooks.
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This is software produced by Tivola Publishing Company. Physicus is a CD designed to illustrate and explain basic concepts of physical science and Integrated Physics and Chemistry. It is an excellent supplemental instructional device that addresses many essential academic elements included in state academic standards. An excellent educational tool, Physicus is available on various online software and book web sites. Physicus is NOT available through PAC.
This highly engaging course was written by popular writer John Hudson Tiner. Designed as an eighth grade science course, these saddle-stitch texts cover Earth and life sciences, plus studies on the Periodic Table of the Elements and the solar system. Each scientific concept is enhanced by adventure vignettes in which young people help solve community mysteries by applying the scientific method and positive character traits, such as integrity, honesty, commitment, diligence, and kindness. Students learn how knowledge of science virtues and personal responsibility help communities reduce violence and upgrade community standards. The narrative, high interest approach of this series engages students so they progress through comprehensive scientific material with clarity and engagement. Students are exposed to scientific evidence which explores traditional and contemporary theories about the origin of life and the formation of our planet and universe. Texts allow the student to evaluate these theories from a scientific perspective. Each text has a companion Activity Book designed to "walk the student" through the text in chronological order. Selected questions in each Activity Book also serve as preparation for state academic assessment exams. Activity Books are applicable in regular classrooms or in individualized learning programs in which students progress through the course with interest and understanding.
Written by John Hudson Tiner, these combined courses introduce students to physics and chemistry in a non-threatening way. Students are "walked" chronologically through development of the Periodic Table of Elements by learning about the men and women who discovered the elements. This highly engaging approach captivates students' interests and "compels" them to learn about application of physics and chemistry to daily life. IPC encourages students to assess data through the scientific method of discovery. This course is our most popular course! It is also available in Talking Textbook format, thus is ideal for students who have learning challenges associated with sight, hearing or attention deficit disorder.
The Precepts of Anatomy and Physiology (two chapters of text and two companion activity books) can serve as a stand-alone unit study worthy of 1/2 high school transcript credit in anatomy, or may be included as an adjunct to the Principles, Theories and Precepts of Biology course for 1 or 1 1/2 biology credits, depending on local or state policies for assigning transcript credit for high school courses. This two-part unit study introduces high school students to the wonders of the complex design of the human body. Lessons include the structure, function and interaction of body systems, organs, glands and hormones as well as hazards to, and diseases of, various organs and systems. One of the objectives of this unit study is to equip teenagers with knowledge and principles with which to make positive life choices that will enhance health and happiness. Thus, students learn how life choices, diet, exercise and even thoughts affect physical and emotional health. The last three lessons of part two deal with male and female reproductive systems, discreetly worded and illustrated by line drawings. The student will learn that life begins at conception. The benefits of traditional roles of husband and wife are discussed. The student will marvel at the intricate and miraculous development of a baby from fertilization to birth: the maturation process of bones, organs, tissues, muscles and joints that compose the wonders of the human body. These three lessons are also applicable as supplemental material for sex education or abstinence studies.
The Principles, Theories & Precepts of Biology consists of six chapters of text and six companion student activity books. This course is designed to satisfy most state requirements for one high school biology transcript credit. Students who complete this course will have a strong foundation for college studies in science and theories about the origin of life. The publisher takes a bold approach by challenging popular theories through use of the scientific method, application of DNA, and recent research to point out strengths and weaknesses of theories. Like all PAC courses, the PTP of Biology can be completed in classroom under guidance of a teacher, or through guided independent studies with minimum dependence on the teacher. The product design of the texts and activity books enables students to engage the material with or without oversight by a biology teacher. Lab experiences are not required, but may easily be accomplished as directed by the teacher.
More: Two additional chapters are available under the title, Precepts of Anatomy and Physiology, to enable students to expand their studies and/or to select four of six particular chapters to satisfy academic components stipulated by state standards for one transcript credit in biology. The combination of six biology chapters and two anatomy chapters earns two high school science credits.
This is a "must do" study for contemporary youth who do not understand America's rich heritage.
This is a stand-alone unit study of America´s Founding Fathers and the events leading to the documents they designed to establish The United States of America. The unit consists of fifteen lessons and activities, three quizzes, a unit exam and an Answer Key. Documents include such items as The Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Patrick Henry´s speech, Gettysburg Address, Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Star Spangled Banner, National Motto, flag etiquette and much more. This unit is designed as a unit study in literature, history, civics or government courses in high school or college, and immigrants in preparation for exams for naturalization / citizenship.
SUGGESTION: Build a 1/2 credit course on abstinance and family life by combining this unit with selected lessons from Precepts of Human Anatomy and Physiology, and chapter three of Practical Home and Shop Skills.
This five-lesson enhancement unit combines English writing/composition skills with a sexual abstinence theme through five nationally-recognized role models who inspire youth to noble ideals.
This unique unit is designed to help students prepare for English academic assessments, make positive life choices, resist negative peer pressure and develop strong writing skills.
This comprehensive unit contains:
- Five vignettes of positive role models
- Five lessons on writing/composition skills with emphasis on sexual abstinence
- Five companion activity exercises which guide students through each lesson
- Five positive life principles common to successful people
- A unit Quiz
- An Answer Key for the five activity exercises and the Quiz.
This practical package is designed for application in English courses in grades 8-12. It may be applied in lecture-based classrooms or in independent study programs (AEP, home bound, hospital, A/P, accelerated learning, extended campus, etc.).
NOTE: Be sure to "pop out" the center section which contains the Quiz and Answer Key before allowing students to access the material. (Simply pop-out the center section and place it in the student´s file until needed.)
This learning unit is extracted from ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS published by Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (PAC). For access to more unit studies or comprehensive accelerated courses click on "Core Curriculum."
This is not just another book on parenting! It is a practical guide for contemporary parents who struggle with cultural pressures and personal challenges that make parenting "almost impossible" with teenagers influenced by aggressive peers, enticing media and raging hormones. How to Get a Grip on Parenting is the fruit of four decades during which Dr. Ronald Johnson conducted seminars, counseled parents and authored books, articles and manuals to help adults train youth. This booklet helps parents focus on essentials for quality parenting. Suggested use: provide to parents who seek or indicate need for help with their children.
This booklet is "educational fun." It is a conversation starter, party resource, travel companion, and a coffee table piece for every home, business, church or school. What was originally a series in a weekly publication became a pleasant booklet that entertains and educates young and older readers on mystery riddles about animals, people, places and events. Each riddle progresses from obscure information toward hints with which to solve the riddle. The joy (and challenge) is to solve the riddle before the reader completes the segment. This is a great gift for "brains" or "bright" teenagers.
This is a must have resource for everyone mentoring
teenagers or young adults! Teaching Eagles to Soar is among
the exceptional class of superior
resources for guiding youth past abuses, neglect, or mediocrity to
high and noble aspirations and life
choices. This practical book
compiles "fatherly advice" from more than 40 years of ministry with hundreds of teenagers who have been blessed with opportunities to attend school assemblies, participate in seminars or sit one-on-one with Dr. Ronald Johnson. No where else can parents, counselors, educators or youth sponsors access the kind of insight every youth needs and deserves to become successful (especially in spite of adverse life circumstances). This book is designed to be read cover-to-cover or used as a quick reference source when youth face challenges, such as fatherlessness, sexual temptations or abuses, financial management, bitterness, anger, wisdom, relationships, authority, career choices, depression, toxic thoughts - and 100 more topics!
This 5.5 x 8.5 inch soft cover reader is a collection of short stories, wildlife mystery vignettes, poems and life principles about a youth´s adventures in rural Texas. . The collection includes a pleasant combination of humor, mystery, and nostalgia. It is a wonderful reader for pre-teen youth who hunger for positive role models and "rainy day" light reading that elicits dreams and fantasy about better tomorrows. This delightful book is excellent as a reader or gift for students ages 8-14.
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Equipping African-Americans to Access
Educational Choice Rather Than Remaining in Bondage to Under performing Public Schools
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