Language Arts B (7th 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. In this course, students enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills through exploration and investigation of fiction, nonfiction, short stories, cultural studies, self-discovery, and character education. Through a varied list of learning experiences, students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of literary, informational, and technical texts. Using the theme of "A Time for Discovery," students will learn and use the writing process to communicate ideas and respond critically to visual, oral and written texts. Prerequisites: Language Arts A - 7th Grade

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

  • Demonstrate understanding and use of appropriate and effective vocabulary
  • 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:

  • Active reading strategies
  • Literature analysis and critique
  • Creative writing
  • Public speaking strategies
  • Biographies
  • Research service organizations

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 to select one of the following to read for Module 5: Ungifted by Gordon Korman; The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis; Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick; The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis; Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper; Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty; "The Strangers That Came To Town" by Ambrose Flack (short story provided in course content); or "To Build a Fire" by Jack London (short story provided in course content). Note: Students must access their own copy of the novel 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 CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org 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 customercare@michiganvirtual.org 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: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

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: 51035
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