Open to: Grades 5-8
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: ISW2
CTY’s online English language development courses are challenging, above-grade-level courses designed for students in grades 5 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.
Interdisciplinary STEM Essay Writing Foundations is designed for both native and non-native English speakers. 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 essays.
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:
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. 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.
Students must purchase a headset with a microphone. A microphone with an on/off switch is recommended.
This course will focus on improving essay writing and understanding the differences between different types of essays.
|Week||Lesson||STEM Topic||Grammar Topic|
|1||1||The Scientific Method||Introductions|
Course Overview and Tour
Five Elements of Good Writing
|2||The Scientific Method||Main Features of Paragraphs Vs. Essays, Different Types of Paragraphs and Essays, Building Better Vocabulary, Phrasal Verbs|
|2||1||Water Biomes||Five-Paragraph Essay Blueprint, Understanding the Writing Process: The Seven Steps, Introduction to Descriptive Essays|
|2||Water Biomes||The Hook, Using Quotations and Citing Ideas to Avoid Plagiarism, Descriptive Essay Outline|
|3||1||Animal Diversity||Language Focus: Describing with the Five Senses, Reading a Diagram, Steps to Writing a Descriptive Essay|
|2||Animal Diversity||Language Focus: Prepositions of Place, Two Ways to Organize Descriptive Essays, Descriptive Essay Drafts|
|4||1||The Plant Kingdom||Connectors and Transitions, Adverbs of Degree, Organization of a Comparison Essay|
|2||The Plant Kingdom||Forming the Comparative and Superlative of Adjectives and Adverbs, Parallel Structure, Comparison Essay Outline|
|5||1||Food Chains and Food Webs||Prefixes, Variety of Outlines, Working with Language in a Comparison Essay|
|2||Food Chains and Food Webs||Sentence Types, Features of a Concluding Sentence, Transitions with Concluding Sentences, Comparison Essay Draft|
|6||1||STEM Midterm Review||Midterm Review|
|2||STEM Midterm Review||Midterm Review|
|7||1||Heat Transfer||Ways of Expressing Past Actions, Clear Pronoun Reference, Organization of a Cause-Effect Essay|
|2||Heat Transfer||Suffixes, Connectors and Transitions, Proofreading Strategies, Cause and Effect Outline|
|8||1||Newton’s Laws of Motion||Preposition Combinations with Nouns, Titles for Your Work, Working with Language in a Cause-Effect Essay|
|2||Newton’s Laws of Motion||Suffixes, Use of the Pronoun in Academic Writing, Cause and Effect Final Draft|
|9||1||Cell Structure and Functions||Classifying information, The Passive Voice, Organization of a Classification Essay|
|2||Cell Structure and Functions||Integrating Information, Classification Essay Outline|
|10||1||Cell Structure and Functions||Adjective Clauses, Working with Language in a Classification Essay|
|2||Cell Structure and Functions||Looking for Patterns, Capitalization and Punctuation Activities, Classification Essay Draft|
|11||1||Mixtures and Solutions||Working on Final Essay of Choice|
Review 1st 4 Weeks of STEM Topics
|2||Mixtures and Solutions||Working on Final Essay of Choice|
Review 2nd 4 Weeks of STEM Topics
|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 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.