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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments / 36 weeks

Overview

Maybe change would not be hard if we knew where it was all going. This course is not about telling fortunes, but it is about seeing how people and ideas have changed. It is also about discovering which ideas have lasting value for each student.

Books, poems, and songs are filled with stories about people discovering the world around them and the world inside them. Authors share their reflections about how people respond to changes and challenges. In this course, students encounter the many faces of change. They are also challenged to define and describe their own place in a changing world.

The purpose of this course is to give students the tools to understand and express who they are and where they want to go. By the end of the course, each student’s portfolio of writings will provide a descriptive self-portrait of a young adult growing up.

 

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment 1

  • Reading Comprehension/Informational & Expository Writing/Narrative Writing
  • Text connections
  • Identifying theme
  • Moving a story forward
  • How theme develops
  • Comparing and contrasting mediums
  • Using context clues
  • Thesaurus and dictionary skills
  • Implicit and explicit meaning
  • Finding the main idea
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Assess internet sources
  • Why writers choose words
  • Reading informational texts
  • Researching and organizing information
  • Avoiding plagiarism/citing sources
  • Writing an introduction
  • Connecting and supporting ideas
  • Syntax and voice
  • Writing a conclusion
  • Revising writing
  • Using formal language in writing
  • Recognizing point of view
  • Identifying the narrator
  • Planning narrative writing
  • Beginning a narrative
  • Writing dialogue
  • Writing the body of a narrative
  • Using commas
  • Temporal transitions
  • Identifying and using verbals

 

Segment 1 Advanced

  • Novel Study
  • Historical context
  • Analyzing style
  • Writing in a different genre

 

Segment 2

  • Reading Comprehension/Argumentative Writing
  • Structure of a text
  • Writing an effective summary
  • Identifying conflicting points of view
  • Using supporting evidence
  • Using correct spelling
  • Capitalization rules
  • Presenting information in different mediums
  • Evaluating modes of communication
  • Analyzing theme
  • Greek and Latin roots and affixes
  • Figurative language
  • How words affect meaning and tone
  • Syntax and diction
  • American rights in Civic expression
  • Interpreting implicit and explicit ideas
  • Identifying irony and puns
  • Poetic elements
  • Types of literary conflict
  • Point of view
  • Analyzing plot pattern
  • Interpreting symbolism
  • Using and correcting types of verb moods
  • Making a movie pitch
  • Argumentation vs. persuasion
  • Identifying multiple perspectives on an issue
  • Finding credible sources
  • Knowing your audience
  • Making a claim
  • Writing an effective introduction
  • Using quotations
  • Supporting your claim
  • Acknowledging counter-claims
  • Writing effective transitions
  • Preparing a rebuttal
  • Concluding an argument
  • Maintaining a formal style
  • Revising and editing

 

Segment 2 Advanced

  • Analyzing poem structure
  • Effect of poem structure on meaning
  • Diction and poetic devices
  • How authors create meaning and tone

 

 

Career

Book Critic

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3 - 4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of theme or central ideas in literature by identifying their development in the text and/or providing a summary that includes key ideas and details.

Project

You are a Book Critic for a teen magazine of your choice. Your job is to recommend literature for your magazine’s readers based on each text’s theme and details. In your review, you will summarize the key ideas and details from the text. Choose an area that interests you! Remember, literature can be fiction or nonfiction.

Career

Video Blogger

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3 - 4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of developing and strengthening explanatory writing by organizing information and improving written work through the revision process to produce clear and coherent writing samples appropriate to the task and purpose.

Project

You are a video blogger (vlogger) for a blog of your choosing. The vlog you work for explains nonfiction topics to its viewers. You will create and revise the script for a vlog on a topic of your choice, and you will organize the information so that you produce a clear and coherent script appropriate to your task and purpose.

Career

Freelance Writer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3 -4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of developing and strengthening narrative writing by producing a narrative with relevant descriptive detail and a structured event sequence.

Project

You are a Freelance Writer who writes fiction short stories for young adult magazines. You recently landed a contract to write a narrative for your favorite YA Literature magazine. The topic of the story is your choice, and the only requirements in the contract are that you meet their submission standards and your writing is descriptive and structured.

Career

Lobbyist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3 -4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of comparing and contrasting various texts by identifying conflicting viewpoints, universal themes, and/or differences/similarities in various mediums.

Project

You are a Lobbyist for a consumer safety organization. You are trying to persuade Congress to make a law that will improve consumer safety around a product area of your choosing (drugs, medical devices, food, products). You will need to understand what the conflicting viewpoints, similarities, and differences are among the interested parties. Once you have compared and contrasted various texts, you will put together a report for your state’s Congressional representative with suggestions about how to improve consumer safety.

Career

Assessment Specialist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3 -4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of author’s purpose and author’s craft in fictional text by identifying literary devices, character development, plot development, and/or conflict.

Project

You are an Assessment Specialist who identifies passages for test question development. Your job is to locate excerpts from classic and modern literature that contain several key elements of literacy instruction. You may locate one passage that includes several different elements or several passages that address individual elements. You also have the option of earning a bonus at the end of the project.

Career

Nutrition Specialist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3 - 4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of developing and strengthening argumentative writing by researching relevant information and improving written work through the revision process to produce clear and coherent writing samples appropriate to the task and purpose.

Project

You are the school district Nutrition Specialist. Parents throughout the district have been pushing for local, organic food sources. You have been tasked by the school board to determine the validity of the movement and if it is financially feasible to switch to local, organic food sources. You will present your findings in the form of a written argument that you will give to the school board members at their next meeting.

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Themes and Main Ideas
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of themes and main ideas by explaining theme development in narrative fiction, comparing story representations in different media, explaining strategies for determining word meaning, and creating an objective summary expressing the main idea of a text.
  • Informational Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of informational writing by summarizing the process of gathering and organizing research, explaining the language and structure of informational texts, and creating a cause and effect article.
  • Narrative Elements
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative elements by explaining the impact of narrative point of view on a story, creating a narrative with an organized plot, and explaining the impact of dialogue and temporal transitions on a narrative.
  • Presentation and Expression of Ideas
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the presentation and expression of ideas by comparing texts on the same topic with conflicting ideas, evaluating mediums for presenting information, explaining a modern presentation of a universal theme, and analyzing an author’s use of word choice and order to express ideas in a poem.
  • Literary Analysis and Presentation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of literary analysis and presentation by describing the conflict and dialogue of a story, creating a movie pitch for an adaptation of a work of fiction, and presenting ideas using speaking skills.
  • Argumentation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of argumentation by explaining the purpose of argumentative writing, integrating credible research into argumentative writing through direct and indirect quotation, and creating an argumentative text respectful of its audience.

Pre-Requisites

Recommended for 8th grade.

Honors

Course: To take the Advanced version, please select the course from the"Advance/Honors/AP" drop down during registration.

Project/Experience: Honors is awarded by earning "Exceeds" on all rubric assessments.

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