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STEAM Research Writing


Open to: Grades 6-12

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Essay Writing Using STEM or CTY English Language Development placement test.

Course Format: Session BasedSee calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

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

green arrow Available Start Dates: 8/24/20, 9/21/20

Course Description


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.

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. Separate conversation sessions between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.

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.

Materials Needed

A personal headset or headphones with a microphone are required.

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

In STEAM Research Writing:

  1. Students will read upper level research-centered texts in English, related to STEAM topics, and practice related vocabulary in multiple facets. This will help students further develop skills of reading and analyzing informational texts, which are necessary skills for understanding domain-specific vocabulary and synthesizing ideas.
  2. Students will watch upper level, research-centered videos and presentations in English related to STEAM topics to learn presentational styles and techniques as well as practice analyzing audio content. This will help students further develop listening skills and evaluate spoken information.
  3. Students will continue to develop linguistic proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
  4. Students will further develop skills for formal academic English writing, including different types of research writing.
  5. Students will learn CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency), STEAM academic content vocabulary and how to apply terms in various written applications.
  6. Students will acquire better level-specific English abilities by practicing tasks through all language domains at highly advanced levels.
  7. Students will be able to analyze research papers based on validity, reliability, accuracy, and bias.

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.

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.