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Learning and Credit Options: Virtual Scholars
Course number: 1001OR1
Course title: English 1
Subject: Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9
In English I, students take a journey through important concepts–the Unknown, Equality, Identity, Opportunity, and Understanding–to learn the foundations of communication and analysis. In each unit of the course, students explore a variety of STEM-related literature, including genre fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches. Through the study of this writing, students hone their own skills in communication and analysis. To facilitate engagement and academic responsibility, students are encouraged to make choices at different points in the course. Most notable is the close reading and analysis of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” This practice gives ownership to the student and places each learner in a position to develop a deeper appreciation of reading.
Priority Standards and Final Proficiencies:
This course is a standards-based course. All students will be exposed to CCSS or Oregon state 9 standards--below are the standards that mastery must be shown in order to earn credit.
ELA.9-10.RI.1 - Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Schedule of Units Covered:
Identity for All
The Heart of the Journey PART A
Developing Your Ideas
This will be addressed in the course.
Differentiation/Accessibility Strategies and Support (TAG, ELL,SpEd, other):
Accommodations based on IEP and 504 will be adhered to with guidance from case manager. Case manager approval is required for a student to take a VS course.
Instruction and assessments are created and delivered with a mind to multiple learning styles; it is with active cognition that teachers build material for students who learn in many different ways.
Career-Related Learning Experiences
Essential Skills and Required Work Samples:
Being a standards-based course, work will need to be scored at “Successful” or higher in order to earn credit.
Students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, students must follow their course calendar and make progress in the course every week. Students are required to complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to:
When teachers, students, and families work together, students are successful.
This course is a standards-based course.
Course lessons and assessments are targeted to a specific set of CCSS/Oregon state standards. Students will be expected to score at the “Successful” level or higher in order to be marked proficient in each assessment. Students are expected to complete all assessments in the course.
If a student scores “Work In Progress” on an assessment, they will be able to revise and resubmit it for re-scoring.
Final grades in Virtual Scholars are determined using the VS Proficiency Matrix.
PLAGIARISM is strictly monitored.
From the PPS Student Acceptable Use Guide:
Students will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the student.
Students will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, the student should follow the expressed requirements. If the student is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright owner.
Students will adhere to the regulations outlined in the PPS Student Acceptable Usage guide
Safety Issues and Requirements