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M/J Language Arts 3

Subject: English

Course Description:

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 you. Books, poems and songs are filled with stories about people discovering the world around them and the world inside them. Their authors shared their reflections about how people respond to changes and challenges. In this course, you will encounter the many faces of change. You will also be challenged to define and describe your own place in a changing world. The purpose of this course is to give you the tools to understand and express who you are and where you want to go. By the end of the course, your portfolio of writings will give you a descriptive self-portrait of a young adult growing up.

Major Topics:

Segment 1

  • Staying on pace
  • Meeting classmates
  • Organizing notebook and preparing for class
  • Learning styles
  • Literacy history
  • Brainstorming
  • Creative writing
  • Reading comprehension
  • Self-portrait project
  • Vocabulary development
  • Free-writing
  • Reading skills (poetry, prose, nonfiction, songs)
  • Interviewing skills
  • Writing summaries and personal responses
  • Friendly letters
  • Media literacy
  • Quotation marks
  • End punctuation
  • Reading and analyzing a novel
  • Pre-reading strategies
  • Summary writing
  • Personal response to literature
  • Story elements (character, plot, setting, point of view, theme)
  • Time management
  • Book review
  • Essay structure
  • Writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing)
  • Narrative, expository and persuasive essays
  • Writing introductions
  • Writing the body of the essay (specific details)
  • Writing conclusions
  • Analyzing writing prompts
  • Timed writings
  • Scoring rubrics

Segment 2

  • Appreciating and responding to poetry
  • Understanding poetic devices (rhyme, stanza)
  • Understanding figurative language (metaphor, simile, imagery, personification, hyperbole, onomatopoeia)
  • Writing and collecting poetry
  • Vocabulary development
  • Real-world literacy
  • Self-assessment and interest inventory
  • Goal-setting (personal, school, extracurricular, career)
  • Career exploration
  • Fact/opinion
  • Cause/effect
  • Parody
  • Propaganda
  • Speech-writing techniques
  • Listening and speaking skills
  • Research skills
  • Bibliography

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: 1001070
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Recommended for 8th Grade

Estimated Completion:
2 segments/32-36 weeks