Open to: Grades 3 and up
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Intermediate I or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: ELD3
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.
Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Intermediate II is designed for both native and non-native English speakers. This course is open to students who have either successfully completed Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Intermediate I, or have approximately seven to ten years of exposure to the English Language. In this course, students will improve and augment their STEM essay writing skills and advance their general and STEM vocabulary and grammar through a focus on writing effective paragraphs.
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:
By the end of this course, students will acquire more STEM concepts, knowledge, and vocabulary. This course will prepare eligible students to take CTY’s online science, engineering, and math courses, as well as Crafting the Essay for English Language Learners. Review course prerequisites carefully prior to enrolling
In order to determine the placement level for this course, an ELD placement test can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org
Students must purchase a headset with a microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.
In addition, the following textbooks are required for this course:
Optional Workbook (NOT Required):
This course provides an introduction to essay writing. Students will focus on improving paragraph writing and understanding the differences between different types of paragraphs.
|Week||Lesson||STEM Topic||Grammar Topic|
|1||1||The Scientific Method||Introductions/Journal Writing|
Course Overview and Tour
|2||The Scientific Method||Questions/Review|
Look at: Main Features of Paragraphs, Verbs, Sentence Fragments, Simple Present and Past Tense Verbs, Imperative Sentences, Narrative Writing and the Use of “I”
|2||1||Plate Tectonics and Earth Movements||Questions/Review|
Look at: Wordly Wise 3000 to Build English Vocabulary
|2||Plate Tectonics and Earth Movements||Questions/Review|
The Importance of Brainstorming
Look at: Subject-Verb Agreement
|3||1||Weathering, Soil, and Erosion||Questions/Review|
Look at: Good Topic Sentences, Sentence Fragments and Comma Splices, and More Brainstorming Practice
|2||Weathering, Soil, and Erosion||Questions/Review|
Definition Paragraphs Part 1
Look at: Using Quotations and Citing Ideas to Avoid Plagiarism
|4||1||Atoms and Elements||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Definition Paragraphs Part 2
Look at: Good Supporting Sentences, Using Pronouns for Key Nouns, Good Concluding Sentences, and Articles
|2||Atoms and Elements||Questions/Review|
Peer Editing of Definition Paragraphs Part 3
Process Analysis Paragraphs Part 1
Look at: Simple Adjective Clauses and Combining Sentences for Variety
|5||1||The Periodic Table||Brainstorming/Journal Writing|
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs Part 1
|2||The Periodic Table||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs Part 2
Denotation and Connotation
|6||1||STEM Midterm Review||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs Part 3
Prepositions of Location
|2||STEM Midterm Review||Midterm Review|
|7||1||Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter||Brainstorming/Journal Writing|
Writing Opinion Paragraphs Part 1
|2||Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Writing Opinion Paragraphs Part 2
Using Facts, Counterarguments, and Refutations
Writing Opinion Paragraphs Part 3
Writing Narrative Paragraphs Part 1
|9||1||Simple Machines||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Writing Narrative Paragraphs Part 2
Using Vivid Language
|2||Simple Machines||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Writing Narrative Paragraphs Part 3
Verb Tense Consistency
|10||1||Magnetism and Electromagnetism||Constructing an Essay Part 1|
Varied Vocabulary/ Creating an Outline for Your Essay
|2||Magnetism and Electromagnetism||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Constructing an Essay Part 2
|11||1||Genes and Traits||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Constructing an Essay Part 3
|2||Genes and Traits||Questions/Review/Peer Editing|
Constructing an Essay Part 4
|12||1||Final Review of All STEM Topics Covered||Grammar Review for Final Exam Part 1 & 2|
Students should expect to spend about 5-7 hours per week on this course.
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 for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch 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.