The Young Readers' Series is designed enhance a student's critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Developed for enrichment, course assignments meet or surpass the Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading. As students participate in written discussion forums, they make inferences, determine motivations, evaluate arguments, and provide textual evidence to support their opinions. Creative writing assignments encourage students to take on different points of view, summarize details, compare authors, and discuss central ideas. In several courses, students work with both fiction and nonfiction material. Books entice gifted students to go beyond simple comprehension and engage in higher level thinking about issues ranging from the ethics of time travel to the dangers of subliminal advertising. Robot Encounters, Wild Things, In Search Of , and The Right Stuff also include short related videos and encourage students to create multimedia content using web 2.0 tools such as VoiceThread and other online slideshows, bulletin boards, and more.
There are separate courses for grades 2 and 3 students reading at a 5th grade level and above and for grades 4 and 5 students reading at a middle school level and above.
For more information about the courses in the Young Readers' Series, view a slide presentation (PDF) including examples of student discussion responses and student writing assignments, or visit the course descriptions linked below.
In this digital age, the availability of the internet has made memorization less important than critical thinking. Students must learn to carefully investigate the credibility of claims and judge the validity of opposing arguments. Students must also become adept at making their own persuasive arguments.
In CTY Online Programs’ Young Adult Readers' Series, students enhance their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills through high interest, thought-provoking books, analytical discussions, and creative writing assignments. Course assignments were developed to meet or surpass most of the Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading. Students are given many opportunities to create multimedia content using web 2.0 tools. Students receive individualized written feedback from their instructor and engage in online written discussions with classmates from around the world. Writing assignments include narrative stories; expository and compare/contrast essays; and persuasive writing. Classes are not live; work is posted in virtual classrooms at the students’ convenience as long as deadlines are met.
Intended for teens reading at a high school level or above, students:
For more information about the courses in the Young Adult Readers' Series, including Student and Parent Reviews and Time Requirements, visit the course descriptions linked below.
The Art Meets Science Series [Nonfiction, Literature] for grades 6 through 9 encourages students to explore the connection between scientific discovery and creative writing. In this critical reading series, students discover how scientific inquiry and creative writing offer different perspectives on the same complex and unfolding universe. Readings inspired by science provide students with models for creating their own poems, stories, and essays. For example, students might consider how Einstein's theory of relativity has influenced the images and themes of 20th-century poets, or how an essay about childhood memories is enhanced by understanding neuroscience. These courses involve substantial discussion of readings as well as writing workshops in which the instructor and peers offer constructive criticism. Students typically read, discuss, and write at least every other day (fall, early spring, midspring early summer) or daily (intensive midsummer).
For more information about the courses in the Art Meets Science Series, including Parent and Student Reviews and Time Requirements, visit the course descriptions linked below.