Syllabus

 
Language Arts A (7th Grade)
MS
CCSS
Blackboard
51035
(51) English Language and Literature
(035) Language Arts (grade 7)
(G) General or Regular
6th Grade English
This is the first course in a two-course sequence. In this course, students enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills through exploration and investigation of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, cultural studies, self-discovery, and character education. Through a varied list of learning experiences, students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of literary, informational, and technical texts. Using the theme of "A Time for Discovery," students will learn and use the writing process to communicate ideas and respond critically to visual, oral and written texts.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to do each of the following:
    •    Demonstrate understanding and use of appropriate and effective vocabulary
    •    Demonstrate understanding of the ways that history, culture, and setting influence language
    •    Apply reference and study skills for a variety of purposes.
Literature
    •    Elements of fiction
    •    Reading strategies
    •    Reading comprehension
    •    Graphic organization
    •    Character development
    •    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
Poetry
    •    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
Students are expected to supply each of the following:
    •    Plenty of paper for computer printing
    •    One 2-inch, 3-ring binder, preferably the kind that has a plastic covering in which you can insert a cover sheet
    •    One 3-hole punch
    •    One set of subject separators or tabs for your notebook
    •    One flash drive for saving your work or create a folder on your hard drive to save your assignments

Michigan Virtual School does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your local school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Here is a breakdown of assignments:
  • Essays
  • Several short writing assignments
  • Graphic organizers and charts
  • Discussion board postings
  • Short personal responses
  • Quizzes
Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.
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Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.
In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by MVS. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the MVU Help Desk by email at mivuhelp@mivu.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.
Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.
No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.
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