Middle School English Language Arts 6A

Enrollment Message:

This course has additional material costs; see the full syllabus for details.

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. Have you ever faced a life-changing situation? How did the experience change you? In this English Language Arts course for sixth graders, students will explore themes of perseverance, hope, and strength as they read Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. These units will focus on how characters develop and how point of view affects how a text is written. Learners will continue to develop their analytical skills by creating an argumentative essay and a research project. They will use the writing process to gather research, organize information, draft, edit, and revise their work before publishing the final product. Prerequisites:  5th Grade English Language Arts

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Analyze the effect point of view has on a text
  • Analyze how authors develop characters
  • Examine how authors use literary techniques
  • Use strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words
  • Analyze the central ideas and themes of a text
  • Compare texts that explore similar themes or topics

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Exploring Esperanza Rising

Unit 2: Writing an Argument Essay

Unit 3: Adventures with Hatchet

Unit 4: Creating a Survival Guide

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 responsible for acquiring their own copies of the following texts:
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor 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/

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: None


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Common Core State Standards-ELA
NCAA Approved: N/A - Grade Level
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 01034
MDE Endorsement Code: BX - Language Arts
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus