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Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Intermediate I

Open to: Grades 3-5

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Beginners or a CTY English Language Development placement test

Course Format: Session BasedSee calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Course Code: ELD2
 

green arrow Available Start Dates: 1/18/21, 4/26/21, 5/31/21, 6/21/21

Course Description

Description

CTY’s online English language development courses are challenging, above-grade-level courses designed for students in grades 3 and up who seek to enhance their English writing skills with the emphasis on building strong grammar and vocabulary. These courses advance each student’s English academic content language in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math for academic writing in those areas.

In this course, students will build strong vocabulary and grammar, and improve their basic writing skills. This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

The interactive lessons will give students the opportunity to take risks and have fun while working on improving English grammar, speaking, listening, reading, and composition skills. The virtual classroom includes live audio and video interaction with the instructor and online classmates, interactive whiteboard, multimedia learning materials including games, and other features to enhance online learning.

In this course, students will:

  • Read several topics and become more familiar and comfortable with reading informational texts in English.
  • Continue to develop linguistic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Learn the meanings of new words for BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) and basic English vocabulary.
  • Learn CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) and STEM academic content vocabulary and language.
  • Acquire better domain-specific English abilities by practicing tasks through various methods.
  • Write varied sentences (simple, compound, complex) and effective paragraphs including all three types of sentences.

By the end of this course, students will acquire more STEM concepts, knowledge, and vocabulary. This course will help prepare eligible students to take CTY’s online science, engineering, and math courses. Review course prerequisites carefully prior to enrolling.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

Students must purchase a headset with microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

This course will focus on improving sentence structure and provide an introduction to paragraph writing.

Students will:

  • Learn the basic organization of a well-written paragraph
  • Produce a basic paragraph that includes a topic sentence, body, and concluding sentence
WeekLessonSTEM TopicGrammar Topic
11The AtmosphereIntroductions/Brainstorming/Journal Writing
Writing Basics Review Part 1
2The AtmosphereWriting Basics Review Part 2
21Earth’s SeasonsBrainstorming/Journal Writing
Writing Basics Review Part 3
2Earth’s SeasonsWriting Basics Review Part 4
31ClimateBrainstorming/Journal Writing
Writing Compound Sentences in Simple Present Tense Part 1
2ClimateQuestions/Review
Writing Compound Sentences in Simple Present Tense Part 2
41Earth’s Magnetic FieldBrainstorming/Journal Writing
Understand Beginning with the Simple Past Tense Part 1
2Earth’s Magnetic FieldQuestions/Review
Understand Beginning with the Simple Past Tense Part 2
51Nonrenewable ResourcesBrainstorming/Journal Writing
Writing Compound Sentences in Simple Past Tense Part 1
2Nonrenewable ResourcesQuestions/Review
Writing Compound Sentences in Simple Past Tense Part 2
61Midterm ReviewMidterm Review Part 1
2Midterm ReviewMidterm Review Part 2
71Introduction to GeneticsQuestions/Review
Using Words, Phrases, and Editing Skills to Build Better Sentences
2Introduction to GeneticsQuestions/Brainstorming/Journal Writing
Review Writing Paragraphs in Simple Present and Simple Past
81Role of Organisms in the EnvironmentQuestions/Review
Using Present Progressive and Connectors in Sentences Part 1
2Role of Organisms in the EnvironmentQuestions/Review/Brainstorming/Journal Writing
Using Present Progressive and Connectors in Sentences Part 2
91Organ Systems: Skeletal SystemQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Using Adverbs and Parts of Speech to Build Better Sentences Part 1
2Organ Systems: Skeletal SystemQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Using Adverbs and Parts of Speech to Build Better Sentences Part 2
Writing Complex Sentences in Simple Future Tense Part 1
101Organ Systems: Digestive and Excretory SystemQuestions/Review/Peer Editing/Journal Writing
Writing Complex Sentences in Simple Future Tense Part 2
Using Adjective Clauses, Place Phrases, and Time Words Part 1
2Organ Systems: Digestive and Excretory SystemQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Using Adjective Clauses, Place Phrases, and Time Words Part 2
111

Fossils

Grammar Review for Final Exam Part 1 & 2
2

Fossils

121Review Last 6 Weeks of STEM Topics
Covered
Grammar Review for Final Exam Part 3 & 4
2

 

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Time Required

Students should expect to spend about 5-7 hours per week on this course.

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.