Language Arts B (6th Grade)

Enrollment Message:

Students are expected to supply each of the following: Plenty of paper for computer printing, One 2-inch, 3-ring binder, preferably the kind that has a plastic covering in which you can insert a cover sheet, One 3-hole punch, One set of subject separators or tabs for your notebook, One flash drive for saving your work or create a folder on your hard drive to save your assignments. Students are expected to supply one or more books or works of literature; see the full syllabus for details.

This is the second course in a two-course sequence. Where am I going? What will I find when I travel into the world ahead? Discovering the answers to these and many other questions will be the focus of the course. Through inquiry, self-discovery and reflection students cultivate their reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills as they experience the world of literature. Using the theme of "A Time for Exploration," students will follow the steps of the writing process to communicate effectively and actively engage in the steps of the reading process. This will be accomplished via a journey through visual, oral and written texts (fiction, biography, nonfiction, mythology, poetry and folk tales). Prerequisites: Language Arts A - 6th Grade

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to each of the following:

  • Demonstrate understanding of literary characteristics and how they are used
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ways that history, culture, and setting influence language
  • Apply reference and study skills for a variety of purposes.

Course Outline:

Major Topics and Concepts:

  • Elements of fiction
  • Elements of a novel
  • Importance of character in a novel
  • Propose solution to a major conflict in a novel
  • Elements of poetry
  • Create poetry

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: Students are expected to supply each of the following: Plenty of paper for computer printing, One 2-inch, 3-ring binder, preferably the kind that has a plastic covering in which you can insert a cover sheet, One 3-hole punch, One set of subject separators or tabs for your notebook, One flash drive for saving your work or create a folder on your hard drive to save your assignments. Students are expected to select one of the following books: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine; Schooled by Gordon Korman; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle; Storm Runners by Roland Smith; "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving (provided within the course content); or "A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett (provided within the course content. Note: Students must access their own copy of the text selected if selecting an option other than the two short stories supplied in the course.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/

Lightweight devices such as Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, and tablets have limited support for Java which still appears in a small percentage of FLVS courses. FLVS has worked to de-Flash its courses. Students may need extra work-around steps or alternate browsers to engage with some portions of select courses or may be required to utlize text-alternatives for some interactive objects. FLVS recommends students have a Windows or Mac based computer available to complete coursework in the event that your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course. Fully supported Operating Systems for FLVS courses include Windows (7 or higher), Mac OS X (10.8 or higher), and MacOS (10.12 or higher). Supported Browsers include the most recent versions of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari on devices that support Java and HTML5. Browsers need to be up to date, and some FLVS courses may require installation or enabling of the following Plug-ins: JavaScript enabled, Cookies enabled, Java installed. https://www.flvs.net/student-resources/system-requirements

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: N/A

Details


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Common Core State Standards-ELA
NCAA Approved: N/A - Grade Level
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 51034
MDE Endorsement Code: BX - Language Arts
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus