LAE301AT: LASA 9 (2014-2015)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Virtual School Program
COURSE TITLE: Language Arts 9 (SEM 1)
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015
GRADE LEVEL: 9
COURSE LENGTH: 18 weeks
Major Concepts/Content: The language Arts 9 course is designed to strengthen students’ skills in listening, speaking, writing, literature, and language. The content includes, but is not limited to, preparing oral reports in various content areas; using appropriate pitch, stress, juncture and rate in formal and informal speech; using the dictionary and the thesaurus to develop an increasingly comprehensive and precise vocabulary in both speaking and writing; locating resources (magazines, reference sources, films, and microfiche) by using indexes, catalogs, and the Reader’s Guide; practicing the process of composition, including prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing; writing correspondence using appropriate forms (business, friendly); identifying with literary characters of the student’s own age, and under-standing how the characters’ actions and emotions reflect the student’s own actions and emotions; under-standing that literature is written at different levels for different purposes and for different audiences; and reading self-selected books to help students learn to view reading as a useful and pleasurable activity.
The Literary focus has a Who am I?/Coming of Age thematic approach. The genres will be short stories and the novel. Students will begin to read a novel and have it completed by the final unit. A reflective journal will be used in each unit.
DoDEA English Languange Arts Standards
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the Language Arts 9 course, students should be able to:
- Display an increasingly comprehensive and precise vocabulary in both writing and speaking, by using the dictionary and thesaurus.
- Point out actions and emotions of literary characters in the student's own age group or socioeconomic class that reflect the student's own actions and emotions.
- Point out examples of literature written at different levels for different purposes or audiences.
- Locate resources (magazines, reference sources, films, etc.) by using indexes and catalogs.
- Write examples of correspondence using appropriate forms (business, friendly).
- Write using the composing process.
- Use appropriate pitch, stress, juncture, and rate in speech.
- Prepare oral reports in various content areas.
Course Outline (1st Semester)
- Course content and policies
- Writing Process concepts
- Explanation of rubrics
- Introductory Discussion
- Diagnostic assignment-pretest
- Communication Concepts
- Technical writing: written instructions for recreating a drawing, as a way to demonstrate purpose and audience.
II. Six Trait Focus: Ideas
- Thinking skills/logic
- Grammar introduction: Basic vocabulary of grammar/parts of speech
- Literature: Short stories and begin novel
- Technical writing: email
III. Six Trait Focus: Organization
- Theories of Organization
- Paragraphing structures
- Grammar focus: Basic Sentence structures.
- Literature focus: basic elements of plot.
- Analyzing essay structures
IV. Six Trait focus: Sentence Fluency
- Strategies for Sentence fluency
- Grammar Focus: Continuation of grammatical structures that influence sentence fluency
- Literature focus: Point of View; novel
- Technology and writing
V. Six Trait Focus: Conventions
- Importance of conventions in communication
- Common errors in conventions
- Editing procedures
- Oral Assignment
- Final Revision of Diagnostic Essay
Course Outline (2nd Semester)
Second Semester: This semester continues the theme of Who am I?/Coming of Age The genre focus will be poetry, plays, non-fiction, and autobiography.
VI. Six Trait Focus: Voice
- Techniques to make writing more colorful and interesting.
- Genre focus: poetry
- Literary terms
- Oral Presentation
VII. Six Trait Focus: Word Choice
- Using Word Choice to make writing more colorful and interesting.
- Drama: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
- Writing Assignment: Drama
VIII. Six Trait Focus: Presentation
- Improving the appearance of presentations.
- Using the Word Processor to create visual effects
- Persuasive techniques used in advertising
- Drama: The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail
- Technical Writing
- Oral Communication: Drama
IX. Introduction to Research
- Using basic research skills in a researched consumer purchase proposal.
- Literature: Evaluating logical flaws in plots
- Elements of a successful biography/autobiography
- Literature focus: Biography/autobiography
- Writing a biography or autobiography
- Elements of Literature, Third Course ISBN Number (Student Edition) 9780030926013
- John Warriner’s Holt Handbook, Third Course ISBN Number (Student Edition) 9780030661464
- Publishers: Holt-McDougal; Houghton-Mifflin
Course Notes: Course could be taught out of sequence