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’s 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:
Read four high-interest, thematically connected, age-appropriate books
Participate in online written discussions with CTY Online Programs classmates from around the world, making inferences, determining motivations, evaluating arguments, and providing textual evidence to support their opinions
Post writing assignments such as narrative stories, newspaper and journal accounts, persuasive writing, and essays that encourage students to take on different points of view, summarize details, compare books with movies, and discuss central ideas
Learn how to use web 2.0 tools
Learn sophisticated vocabulary words and literary devices with the help of online games
Since the course is asynchronous, students do not have to meet together in the classroom at any one particular time.
Students typically read and share written responses every other day (fall, spring, and early summer sessions) or daily (midsummer intensive session).
It does not matter whether a student has already read one or all of the books before the course begins because the emphasis on citing the text requires careful re-reading.
Students must already be proficient reading and writing Standard Written English. [Instructors discuss grammar only when it affects meaning.]
Parents should be aware that books selected for this course are intended for young adults, not elementary school children and, like life itself, contain elements of suspense, danger, violence, sadness, humor, romance, adventure, and heroism. All books invite thought-provoking and controversial discussions. Parents are encouraged to look inside the books and read reviews before deciding that a young adult critical reading course is appropriate for their student. If you would like to discuss the appropriateness of a critical reading course for your child, please email email@example.com or call 410-735-6144.
Parents are urged to "look inside" the books and scroll down to "read reviews" to judge whether the content is appropriate for their student.
This course requires approximately three hours for each of the ten lessons. Students should expect to spend:
Note: Students do not have to meet in the classroom at the same time. A student's written work can be posted in the virtual classroom at the student's convenience as long as deadlines are met.
About Summer Sessions:
The Young Adult Readers' Series offers both a 12-week summer session that allows families to take a week or two of vacation and an intensive 5-week session. Both sessions cover the same course material and assignments.
While the 12-week early summer session courses allow for 2 weeks total vacation, students in the Young Adult Readers’ courses are encouraged to work ahead or make up their work to try to keep up with their classmates whenever possible. Experience has shown that these courses are most fun when all students are working on the same lesson. Students must notify the instructor at the course's start about any planned vacation dates and must meet scheduled due dates when they are not on vacation. [Students who make up their work can finish their early summer course in 10 weeks.]
Due to the intensity of the 5-week intensive midsummer sessions, students should not take any vacation break or attend all day camps while participating in the midsummer courses.
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