Language Arts (7th Grade)

Course Description:

This is a year long course in Language Arts (7th Grade)..  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.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Language Arts (7th Grade)
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Language Arts (grade 7)
Course Provider : North Muskegon Public Schools
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : North Muskegon Public Schools
Standards Addressed : Common Core State Standards
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Year Long
Subject Area : English Language and Literature
Course Identifier : Language Arts (grade 7)
Course Level : Elem/Middle School (Prior to Secondary)
Available Credit : 1.0
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

Students and Parents: It is important to work closely with your local school counselor or registrar to follow the school's enrollment procedures. By clicking the "Start Registration Request" button below, you will be able to notify the school of your interest in registering for the online course. However, it is the responsibility of the district or school to review the registration request and approve or deny the request. Please make a note to follow up with your school after submitting a registration request.

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description:

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.

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

  • Demonstrate understanding and use of appropriate and effective vocabulary
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ways that history, culture, and setting influence language
  • Apply references and study skills for a variety of purposes
  • Identify elements of fiction
  • Employ effective reading strategies
  • Explain character development
  • Produce effective written communications
  • Apply revision techniques
  • Engage in creative writing
  • Identify poetic terms and genres of poetry
  • Analyze samples of poetry
  • Engage in active reading strategies
  • Analyze and critique works of literature
  • Produce creative writing
  • Demonstrate public speaking strategies
  • Analyze and critique written biographies
  • Research and summarize findings

iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met This is provided as a course overview and then again for each assignment.
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met Course provides State and National standards.
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met Aligned to State of Michigan standards.
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met Introduction folder addresses this.
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met This is listed in the FLVS course catalogue.
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met Content is not biased and is culturally neutral. No evidence of mulitcultural texts.
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met MVS Policy
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met MVS Policy
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met The teacher has access to these but they must download them from the FLVS answer key website.
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met Teacher has access to these.
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met While the course content is not modifiable, assignments and assessments can be modified to meet learners' diverse needs.
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met The readability levels are appropriate for students.
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met Students frequently engage in self-reflection and have opportunities to revise assignments to improve their score.
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Fully Met
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met Rubrics are provided for some writing assignments.
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met Listed in the syllabus linked in Blackboard.
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met This is discussed in the Blackboard shell, syllabus, and in the FLVS course.
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met MVS Policy
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met MVS Policy
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Fully Met MVS Policy
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met

Review Conducted By: Michigan Virtual
Date of Review: 02/25/2014

Module 01: History of Mystery

Module 02: Everyday Monsters

Module 03: Social Mayhem

Segment One Exam

Module 04: Scientific Mystery

Module 05: The Monster Within

Module 06: Weather Mayhem

Segment Two Exam

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Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.