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M/J Language Arts 2

Subject: English

Course Description:

Everybody uses words, but some do it better than others. It’s how politicians get elected, how stores sell their products, and how people express their feelings. There are techniques and strategies for doing it well, and there is Language Arts 2 to help you do it well too. In this course, you will read and listen to other people’s words. You will analyze what they are saying and how they are saying it. You will read everything from newspapers to novels. Just as important, you will discover your own ability to use words. You will use strategies to create clear and effective written messages. You will learn how to organize and deliver oral presentations. And throughout the course, you will keep a Discovery Log that contains every word you have written. Successful people know what words can do for them. After taking this course, so will you.

Major Topics:

Segment 1

  • Selecting and staying on pace
  • Meeting classmates
  • Organizing notebook/preparing for class
  • Study habits
  • Time management
  • Reading comprehension
  • Self awareness
  • Creative writing
  • Elements of fiction
  • Reading strategies
  • Reading comprehension
  • Graphic organization
  • Character development
  • Creative writing
  • Literature and art connections
  • Higher level thinking
  • The writing process
  • Effective writing communication
  • Writing strategies
  • Revision techniques
  • Editing skills through grammar study
  • Free writing
  • Creative writing
  • Expository writing
  • Spelling and vocabulary enhancement
  • Poetic terms
  • Poetry formats
  • Cultural connections
  • Communicating ideas effectively
  • Evaluating poetry
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry to art connections
  • Elements of poetry
  • Poetry analysis
  • Sensory connections
  • Poet study

Segment 2

  • Active reading strategies
  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary improvement
  • Literature analysis and critique
  • Summarizing
  • Recalling information
  • Creative writing
  • Listening skills
  • Active listening strategies
  • Following directions
  • Paying attention to details
  • Speaking skills
  • Public speaking strategies
  • Speech development and delivery
  • Creative writing
  • Viewing skills
  • Media literacy
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Nonfiction study
  • Reporting techniques
  • Reading comprehension
  • Newspaper study
  • Current events
  • Comparisons and contrast
  • Main idea and topic
  • Biographies
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Descriptive writing
  • Sensory images
  • Poetry Terms
  • Writing process
  • Revise and edit
  • Research service organizations

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, FLVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, essays, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 1001040
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Recommended for 7th Grade

Estimated Completion:
2 semesters/32-36 weeks