VHS Catalog 12-13

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Course Title:
English Literacy Skills Summer Offering: Short Stories
Course Code:
Language Arts
Grade Level:
09, 10, 11, 12
Summer I, Summer II (Summer I: 20 Seats; )
04 weeks
Additional Requirements:
Accredited by:
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools; Northwest Accreditation Commission
Course Requires a Media Kit to be Shipped to Students:
Course Requires a Media Kit to be Purchased by Course Sponsor
(see additional details below):

Join us in a four week summer adventure to enhance your English skills using 21st Century tools! Regular activities will include reading short stories written by a variety of authors from various cultural backgrounds. Students will build basic literacy and vocabulary skills using web 2.0 tools. The instruction is culturally relevant and embraces the technology rich world in which we live.

All course material is included within the online course. There is no need to purchase textbooks or material of any kind.

Please note if the student is taking this course for credit recovery, it is advised that you check with the student's school to confirm that the topics covered (see course syllabus) match those required by the school. You may also want to confirm with the school the process for receiving credits, which may involve an assessment administered separately by the school.

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MediaKit Contents:

VHS Syllabus: Summer School Literacy Skills Short Story

Week 1
1.0 Week 1 Overview
1.1 Introduction: How to take an online class
1.2 Communication: Student blogs
1.3 Literary Terms: Plot
1.4 Literature: “Raider’s Jacket” by Gary Soto
1.5 (2.1) Introduction: Costa’s Levels of Questions
1.6 Vocabulary List 1

Week 2
2.0 Week 2 Overview
2.1 Communication: Getting Acquainted
2.2 Literary Terms: Character
2.3 (3.6) My Culture Is…….
2.4 Literature: ”An Astrologer’s Day” by R.K. Narayan
2.5 Vocabulary List 2
2.6 Vocabulary Quiz 1
2.7 Reflection

Week 3
3.0 Week 3 Overview
3.1 Communication: My Culture is…
3.2 Literary Terms: Theme
3.3 Literature: “The Truth About Sharks” by Joan Bauer
3.4 Vocabulary List 3
3.5 Vocabulary Quiz 2
3.6 Reflection

Week 4
4.0 Week 4 Overview
4.1 Literary Terms: Point of View
4.2 Literature: “A Letter to God” by Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes
4.3 Literary term s Imagery and post final study guide
4.4 Communication: My Culture is…
4.5 Vocabulary Quiz 3
4.6 Literary Terms: Final Assessment
4.7 Final Reflection and Good-byes

Course Objectives:
Students will be able to:
1. Define appropriate communication for the online forum.
2. Identify literary elements
3. Differentiate levels of questioning between levels 1-3 according of Costa’s levels
4. Develop and demonstrate understanding of vocabulary words
5. Demonstrate creative thinking using technology
6. Use technology to communicate
7. Use productivity tools and applications effectively and constructively
8. Transfer current knowledge to new and emerging technologies
9. Practice safe, legal, and ethical behavior in the use of technology
10. Demonstrate understanding of short stories and the use of literary elements in literature

This catalog description was last modified on 02/25/2013

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