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Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Intermediate II

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 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: ELD3

Course 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.

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:

  • Read upper intermediate level informational texts in English and practice related vocabulary in multiple facets.
  • Continue to develop linguistic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Further develop skills for formal academic English writing including paragraph and essay writing. Students will use these skills to complete writings in 5 domain-specific areas: definition, process analysis, descriptive, opinion, and narrative.
  • Learn CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) and STEM academic content vocabulary and how to apply terms in various written applications.
  • Acquire better level-specific English abilities by practicing tasks through all language domains.
  • Be able to write effective paragraphs in five domains of writing:  definition, process analysis, descriptive, opinion, and narrative.

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

Materials Needed

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:

  • Wordly Wise 3000 Book 6
    by Kenneth Hodkinson and Sandra Adams. Educators Publishing Service, Third Edition, 2013.
    ISBN: 978-0838876060
  • An English Dictionary of your choice or Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
    Pearson Longman, Fifth Edition, 2009.
    ISBN: 978-1408215333

Optional Workbook (NOT Required):

  • Writers Express: A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers, and Learners
    by Dave Kemper, Ruth Nathan, and Patrick Sebranek. 1995.
    ISBN: 0-669-38632-4

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

This course provides an introduction to essay writing. Students will focus on improving paragraph writing and understanding the differences between different types of paragraphs.

Students will:

  • Comprehend and identify the features of a good paragraph
  • Recognize the difference between various types of paragraphs and their purposes
  • Develop an understanding of the essential parts of an essay
WeekLessonSTEM TopicGrammar Topic
11The Scientific MethodIntroductions/Journal Writing
Course Overview and Tour
2The Scientific MethodQuestions/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”
21Plate Tectonics and Earth MovementsQuestions/Review
Look at:  Wordly Wise 3000 to Build English Vocabulary
2Plate Tectonics and Earth MovementsQuestions/Review
The Importance of Brainstorming
Look at:  Subject-Verb Agreement 
31Weathering, Soil, and ErosionQuestions/Review
Look at:  Good Topic Sentences, Sentence Fragments and Comma Splices, and More Brainstorming Practice 
2Weathering, Soil, and ErosionQuestions/Review
Definition Paragraphs Part 1
Look at:  Using Quotations and Citing Ideas to Avoid Plagiarism
41Atoms and ElementsQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Definition Paragraphs Part 2
Look at:  Good Supporting Sentences, Using Pronouns for Key Nouns, Good Concluding Sentences, and Articles
2Atoms and ElementsQuestions/Review
Peer Editing of Definition Paragraphs Part 3
Process Analysis Paragraphs Part 1
Look at:  Simple Adjective Clauses and Combining Sentences for Variety
51The Periodic TableBrainstorming/Journal Writing
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs   Part 1
2The Periodic TableQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs   Part 2
Denotation and Connotation
61STEM Midterm ReviewQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs   Part 3
Prepositions of Location
2STEM Midterm ReviewMidterm Review
71Physical and Chemical Properties of MatterBrainstorming/Journal Writing
Writing Opinion Paragraphs   Part 1
2Physical and Chemical Properties of MatterQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Writing Opinion Paragraphs   Part 2
Using Facts, Counterarguments,  and Refutations
81MotionQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Writing Opinion Paragraphs   Part 3
Word Forms
2MotionBrainstorming/Journal Writing
Writing Narrative Paragraphs   Part 1
91Simple MachinesQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Writing Narrative Paragraphs   Part 2
Using Vivid Language
2Simple MachinesQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Writing Narrative Paragraphs   Part 3
Verb Tense Consistency
101Magnetism and ElectromagnetismConstructing an Essay Part 1
Varied Vocabulary/ Creating an Outline for Your Essay
2Magnetism and ElectromagnetismQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Constructing an Essay Part 2
Thesis Statement
111Genes and TraitsQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Constructing an Essay Part 3
2Genes and TraitsQuestions/Review/Peer Editing
Constructing an Essay Part 4
121Final Review of All STEM Topics CoveredGrammar Review for Final Exam Part 1 & 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 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.