Elizabeth Ellis

Contact Information or 503-218-3797


Learning and Credit Options: Virtual Scholars

School Year:


Course number: 123456

Course title: English 7 (Senior English, Semester 1)

Subject: Language Arts

Grade Level(s): 11

Course Description:

Come explore the world of big ideas in English IV, where you are able to choose which path you will travel first as you explore highly-engaging, thematic units. Each path will guide you through a series of literary pieces that allow you to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural messages of its time as well as its relevance to the world you live in today. Each path revolves around a central theme. The works in the course span a period of over 1000 years and have been written by authors who share common ideas, but employ a variety of literary genres to express their views. Whether it is the dramatic ending of a play, or the colorful images in a verse of poetry, the words of these authors will leave you with a new understanding of the world around you. As you travel down each path, you will create authentic work pieces that will engage you in higher-level learning and provide you with a greater understanding of literature and its connection to the world.

Prerequisites: English 1-6

Priority Standards and Final Proficiencies:

This course is a standards-based course. All students will be exposed to CCSS or Oregon state 11 standards--below are the standards that mastery must be shown in order to earn credit.

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

Schedule of Units Covered:

Unit One:

Excerpts of Beowulf
Excerpts of "Heroism" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unit Two:

Preamble to the United States Constitution
The Bill of Rights
Various articles and court cases
​"Fire and Like"
Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919)

Unit Three

test 1.0
test 2.0
test 3.0

Unit Four

test 4.0
test 5.0
test 6.0

Academic Vocabulary

Literary devices
Thematic analysis
Six traits of writing
Narrative writing process
Proper use of conventions
Figurative language
Poetic forms and devices
Elements of Fiction: plot, character, conflict, theme, setting, point of view
Connotation and denotation

District-Adopted Materials

Supplemental Resources

As needed

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.

Assessment/Evaluation/Grading Policy

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:

  • Make regular progress (follow course calendar)
  • Maintain regular contact with teachers

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.

Behavioral Expectations:

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.


Any student who is caught plagiarizing will receive one warning. The On-Site Mentor, counselor, parent/guardian, and VS administrator will be notified of the first official warning.


If the student is caught plagiarizing a second time, they will be withdrawn immediately from VS. Their On-Site Mentor, counselor, parent/guardian, and VS administrator will be notified of this action as well.


Students will adhere to the regulations outlined in the PPS Student Acceptable Usage guide

Safety Issues and Requirements