Open to: Grades 6-12
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year)
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 3-5 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.
Course Code: ELDR
The 30-week STEAM Research Writing course is designed for students who would like to strengthen their English STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) academic content language for research writing. This course helps students further improve BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) and CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) in English. Improvement of both BICS and CALP will prepare students for studies in STEAM courses at CTY. Familiarity with STEAM vocabulary terms will prepare students for success in their CTY Online Programs AP courses. This course will help students prepare for the terminology used in AP STEAM, AP Capstone, AP Research, and AP Seminar courses by improving writing and reading analysis skills.
Students will also work to improve their grammar and expression in English composition and their skill in engaging with advanced texts. The grammar component is designed to assist students in drafting STEAM-related academic assignments, leading up to the final projects of each section. By the end of the course, students will be able to develop a literature review, a research proposal, a research presentation, and a research paper, as well as critique the work of others.
Interactive virtual online sessions are held weekly in the evenings. Separate conversation sessions between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.
Textbooks and a personal headset or headphones with a microphone are required.
In STEAM Research Writing:
Each week, students will be introduced to STEAM academic vocabulary. Students will further their academic content knowledge by completing writing assignments and practice exercises. By the end of this course, students will be able to write a research paper in English using discipline-specific STEAM advanced academic content language. Additionally, students should be able to write an effective research paper with the following components: literature review, proposal, abstract, presentation, and paper. They should also be prepared for the terminology used in AP STEAM, AP Research, AP Seminar, and AP Capstone exams by improving writing and reading comprehension skills.
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.