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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 Code: (See specific Course Description)
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:
CTY Online Programs offers many 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.
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.
In all Young Readers' Series courses, students:
Young Readers Series for Grades 4 - 6: Ancient Egypt Rediscovered (Nonfiction and Fiction), Greek Myths Revisited, Magical Life Lessons, Quests and Challenges, In Search Of, The Right Stuff (Nonfiction)
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.
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: