English 8 A

Course Description:

Language Arts 800 is a survey of literature that explores the work of various writers of different time periods through an historical lens. Students should enter this course with a foundation in analyzing, through a close study, various genres of literature and making connections with historical perspectives and the arts. In this course, students will build on these skills by studying a range of classic and contemporary literature to convey themes of American History, Natural History, World Civilization, and Air and Space. Students will also develop their writing skills while producing informative, argumentative, and narrative compositions. Supported by a balance of fictional and informational texts, students will learn and practice close reading, modeled reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies. Curriculum decisions for this course are guided by the Common Core State Standards. These standards were developed to provide clear and consistent goals for student learning and to ensure that students have the skills they need to be successful beyond high school. These standards define what students need to know and be able to do by the end of each grade. In addition to defining grade-level skills, the ELA standards require that students be exposed to increasingly more complex texts to which they apply those skills. In order for curriculum to align to these standards, it must be both rigorous and relevant. It must also expose students to certain critical content. In English language arts, that content includes high-quality contemporary works, the classics of American literature, and the timeless dramas of Shakespeare. English 800 students will be enriched as they expand their skills and confidence in English language arts through a comprehensive study that includes the following units: Unit 1 – Skill Workshop: In this unit, students will review skills learned in previous courses, while demonstrating a grasp of literary analysis at the 7th grade level. Students will also have the opportunity to refresh their knowledge of writing, research, and content-area vocabulary. Unit 2 – American History Collection: This unit focuses on the study of America’s early history from the heroic battle for independence through the turbulent Civil War. The anchor piece for this unit is Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. In this novel, students will encounter themes of family, sacrifice, and individuality as they journey with the March sisters in this coming of age story. Students will also read a selection of poetry and nonfiction that will cause them to consider the values of America’s first citizens and the will that drove them to fight for freedom. Unit 3 – Display of Natural History: In this unit, students will encounter work from authors in Europe and America through an exploration into what captures the imagination of a society. Anchoring this study is Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Written during a time period when much of Europe hungered for stories of new explorations and adventure, Verne’s science fiction tale takes readers on a perilous journey into undiscovered territory. Students will also be exposed to a collection that includes the short stories of French author, Guy de Maupassant, and American writers, Edgar Allen Poe and Shirley Jackson. Unit 4 – World Civilization: In this unit, students will explore the literature and culture of ancient civilizations in Egypt, Greece, and Japan. During this unit, students will have an opportunity to synthesize information from various texts to uncover universal themes within literature. Students will also examine the role of historical context in literary analysis. In the short stories included in this unit, students will be encouraged to evaluate the link between the past and present as they view the world around them through the eyes of ancient societies. Unit 5 – Fine Art Gallery: The focus of this unit highlights the connection between the themes and experiences expressed in the art and literature of a society. Anchoring this unit, is Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist, by Jan Greenburg. In this biography, students will encounter the struggle of a determined artist who was driven by a need to communicate his passions on canvas. In addition to a study of various nonfiction texts, students will also encounter a collection of poetry that will allow them to explore the conversation between literature and the visual arts. Unit 6 – Air & Space Mezzanine: This unit will take students on a journey with the Wright Brothers as they work tenaciously towards the goal of building a flying machine. In the autobiographical memoir, “The Early History of the Airplane,” students will consider how these pioneers overcame failure and set-backs and eventually went on to make history. Students will link themes from this text to other writings as they engage in a study of the innovations that have changed the society that we live in. Throughout this collection of fiction and nonfiction works, students will explore themes of destiny, determination, and vision.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): English 8 A
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Language Arts (grade 8)
Course Provider : Brandywine Community Schools
Content Provided By : OdysseyWare
Online Instructor Provided By : Brandywine Community Schools
Standards Addressed : CCSS, MGLCE
Ailgnment Document : https://www.odysseyware.com/statestandards
Academic Terms : Semester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : English Language and Literature
Course Identifier : Language Arts (grade 8)
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit :
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Enrollment Website : http://biabobcats.org
Email : [email protected]
Phone : 269-683-8805

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Additional Course Information:

Unit 1: Skill Workshop Sharpen reading skills: summary, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation. Analyze literary elements: narrative/poetic/dramatic structure, point of view, style, theme, purpose, plot, conflict, resolution, characterization, theme. Analyze language: figurative language, word relationships, persuasiveness, connotation, nuance, technical language, implicit and explicit meaning. Analyze informational texts: central ideas, interaction of ideas, summarizing, point of view, purpose, citing textual evidence, making inferences. Analyze arguments: rhetoric, claim development, structure, purpose. Sharpen writing skills: Informative: responding to literature; comparing/contrasting; synthesizing information; developing and supporting a thesis; using appropriate and varied transitions between ideas; using precise, domain-specific language; argumentative: making and supporting a claim; using valid reasoning; sequencing ideas; adapting to purpose, audience, and task; using precise, domain-specific language; using the writing process. narrative: incorporating sensory detail, sequencing, reflecting, peer evaluating Conduct research: web searches, challenging usage and vocabulary. Participate in speaking and listening activities: engage in collaborative discussions. Strengthen language skills: conventions, knowledge, vocabulary acquisition and use. Unit 2: American History Collection Sharpen reading skills: summary, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation. Identify explicit and implicit meaning in texts. Analyze literary elements: narrative/poetic/dramatic structure, point of view, style, theme, purpose, development of theme, setting, characters, plot. Analyze language: figurative and technical language, imagery, tone, persuasiveness, connotation, nuance, using context clues. Analyze informational texts: central ideas, interaction of ideas, structure, point of view. Sharpen writing skills: Informative: responding to literature; comparing/contrasting; synthesizing information; developing and supporting a thesis; using appropriate and varied transitions between ideas; using precise, domain-specific language; editing for active and passive voice, planning and organizing, audience. Conduct research: the challenge of usage and vocabulary; evaluation of the strengths and limitations of sources in terms of task, purpose, and audience; distinguish between quoted material and paraphrased ideas; preparation of papers using correct MLA guidelines for formatting, citing sources within a text, and creating a works cited page. Participate in speaking and listening activities: engage in collaborative discussions, prepare a multimedia presentation on a research topic. Strengthen language skills: conventions, knowledge, vocabulary acquisition and use. Unit 3: Display of Natural History Sharpen reading skills: summary, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation. Identify explicit and implicit meaning in texts. Analyze literary elements: narrative/poetic/dramatic structure, point of view, style, theme, purpose, development of theme, setting, characters, plot. Analyze language: figurative and technical language, imagery, tone, persuasiveness, connotation, nuance, using context clues, multiple-meaning words. Analyze informational texts: central ideas, interaction of ideas, structure, point of view. Sharpen writing skills: Informative: responding to literature; comparing/contrasting; synthesizing information; developing and supporting a thesis; using appropriate and varied transitions between ideas; using precise, domain-specific language; revising, word choice, developing task and audience. Conduct research: the challenge of usage and vocabulary; evaluation of the strengths and limitations of sources in terms of task, purpose, and audience; distinguish between quoted material and paraphrased ideas; preparation of papers using correct MLA guidelines for formatting, citing sources within a text, and creating a works cited page. Participate in speaking and listening activities: engage in collaborative discussions. Strengthen language skills: conventions, knowledge, vocabulary acquisition and use, Greek/Latin roots

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards

Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Fully Met
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
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
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
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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
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met
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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
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Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met
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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
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The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met
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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
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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
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
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
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met
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
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The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Fully Met
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
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met
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Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Fully Met
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Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
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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
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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
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
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

Review Conducted By : Brandywine Community Schools
Date of Review : 08/03/2015

This course consists of 3 units:
Unit 1: Skills Workshop Unit 2: American History Collection Unit 3: Display of Natural History

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/29/2019 10/01/2019 10/01/2019 09/15/2019 09/03/2019 01/24/2020 99 $300.0000 0.0000
Semester 11/01/2019 02/15/2020 02/15/2020 02/01/2020 01/27/2020 06/09/2020 99 $300.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Course can be refunded if dropped by 9-15-2019. Course must be completed by 1-24-2020 in order to obtain credit. Semester 08/29/2019 10/01/2019
Course can be refunded if dropped by 9-15-2019. Course must be completed by 1-24-2020 in order to obtain credit. Semester 11/01/2019 02/15/2020

Students will be expected to contact instructors on a weekly basis and dedicate 5 hours per week of study. Course is to be completed by end of semester dates. Additional help is available.

School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
14-15 0 0 0.0%
15-16 0 0 0.0%
16-17 1 1 100.0%
17-18 0 0 0.0%
18-19 0 0 0.0%

A computer with high speed internet is required.