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Open to: Grades 4 and up
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing Using STEM, Advanced or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: ELDW
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.
Essay Writing Using STEM course 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 II, or have approximately seven to ten years of exposure to the English Language.
Essay Writing Using STEM is designed to improve and augment students’ essay writing abilities through advancing their general and STEM vocabulary and grammar. In this course, students will learn to write effective essays with a focus on the four domains of writing: description, comparison, cause and effect, and classification.
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 thiscourse, 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):
|Week||STEM Topic||English Language Development Topic|
|1||Scientific Method||An Introduction to Writing Essays |
|2||Earth Resources||Process Analysis Essay, Part 1 |
|3||Human Impact on the Environment||Process Analysis Essay, Part 2 |
|4||Causes of Diseases||Cause and Effect Essay, Part 1 |
|5||Components of Blood||Cause and Effect Essay, Part 2 |
|6||STEM Midterm Review||Midterm Review|
|7||Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering||Argumentative Essay, Part 1 |
|8||Electricity||Argumentative Essay, Part 2 |
|9||Properties of Sound and Light||Narrative Essay, Part 1 |
|10||Carbon Chemistry||Narrative Essay, Part 2 |
|11||Acids and Bases||Final Essay Component Review|
Grammar: Suffixes, Review
|12||Final Review of All STEM Topics||Final Essay and Final Exam|
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.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
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.