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Language Arts: Critical Reading and Grammar

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Open to: Grades 2-12 (See specific course description)

Prerequisites: Qualifying verbal score for Building Blocks and From Structure to Style; Qualifying verbal and/or math score for Grammar FUNdamentals;  [Note: While students are not required to be verbal qualifiers, they do need to be ready to take on challenging assignments. Grammar FUNdamentals is not remedial and requires proficiency in English writing.]

Course Format: Web-based classroom

Course Length: Session-based: (See course description for specific length)
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Grammar

A deep understanding of grammatical structure allows students to make informed choices about style. In Building Blocks, the lessons and exercises encourage students to think like linguists to discover how the parts of speech and sentence patterns can be used to build effective sentences. Grammar FUNdamentals covers a broad range of topics to meet current middle-school grammar standards, and reinforces lessons with grammar games, puzzles, and tests. From Structure to Style encourages students to write analytically about grammatical usage working in an online collaborative community, and then apply the analysis to their own creative writing. All three courses include writing assignments critiqued by CTY instructors to give students the opportunity to practice their grammar prowess. Students emerge from these courses understanding how their grammatical choices can affect the quality of their prose. Students typically work at least every other day (fall, early spring, mid spring, early summer) or daily (intensive mid summer).  For more information, visit the course descriptions:


Building Blocks (Gr. 3 and 4)

Grammar FUNdamentals (Gr. 5 and 6)

From Structure to Style (Gr. 7-12)

Critical Reading

Young Readers, Art Meets Science, and Young Adult Readers' Series

CTY Online Programs offers manyl critical reading and grammar courses that allow students with qualifying verbal scores to improve their skills with the assistance of CTY instructors. A few Young Readers' courses [Wild Things, Robot Encounters, In Search Of , and The Right Stuff ] and the Young Adult course, Dangerous Games and Rebellions are open to math and/or verbal qualifiers.

Young Readers' Series

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. Challenging books entice gifted students to go beyond simple comprehension and engage in higher level thinking. 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. Robot Encounters, Wild Things, In Search Of , and The Right Stuff also encourage students to use and create multimedia content using web 2.0 tools such as VoiceThread and other online slideshows, bulletin boards, and more.Young Readers Web Tool Courses logo

In all Young Readers' Series courses, students:

  • Read three or four thematically connected, age-appropriate books of increasing difficulty
  • Participate in online written discussions with gifted classmates from Boston to Beijing
  • Post creative writing assignments such as dialogues, newspaper articles, stories, limericks, and talk shows with characters as guests
  • Learn sophisticated vocabulary words and literary devices with the help of online games and puzzles
  • Receive individualized written feedback from their instructor about each lesson's work

Parents Ask...

  • Students typically read and share written responses every other day (fall, spring, and early summer sessions) or daily (midsummer intensive session).
  • Work is posted in the virtual classrooms at the student’s convenience as long as each lesson's deadlines are met.
  • 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 in Standard Written English. [Instructors in critical reading courses discuss grammar only when it affects meaning.]

For more information, visit the course descriptions:

Young Readers Series for Grades 2 and 3: Good Dogs, Dragon Tales, Mystery Stories, Robot Encounters Wild Things

Young Readers Series for Grades 4 - 6: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered (Nonfiction and Fiction), Greek Myths Revisited,  Magical Life Lessons,Quests and ChallengesIn Search Of,The Right Stuff (Nonfiction)

The Art Meets Science Series

The Art Meets Science Series [Nonfiction, Literature] for grades 6 and 7 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, mid spring early summer) or daily (intensive mid summer). For more information, visit the course descriptions:
Art Meets Science: Nonfiction and Art Meets Science: Literature.

Young Adult Readers' Series

In CTY Online Programs’s new Young Adult Reader Series, students will enhance their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills through high interest, thought-provoking books, analytical discussions, and creative writing assignments. Developed for enrichment, course assignments meet or surpass the Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading. The first course in this series is Dangerous Games and Rebellions, which includes Hunger Games, Enders' Game, Divergent and Unwind. For more information, visit the course description.

Designed for teens reading at a high school level or above, students:

  • Read four high-interest, thematically connected, age-appropriate books
  • ​Receive individualized written feedback from their instructor about each lesson's work
  • 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

Parents Ask...

  • Students typically read and share written responses every other day (fall, spring, and early summer sessions) or daily (midsummer intensive session).
  • Work is posted in the virtual classrooms at the student’s convenience as long as each lesson's deadlines are met.
  • 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.]