Foundations in Middle School Language Arts - AoPS Academy Pleasanton Campus

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Foundations in Middle School Language Arts

Academic Year Language Arts

This foundational course is designed to prepare 6th grade students for an advanced middle school language arts curriculum. The course is divided into four units, and each unit culminates in a final project that integrates the essential skills of language arts: reading, writing, critical thinking, and grammar.

In the first unit, students study classical philosophy to learn about critical thinking and persuasion and present a persuasive speech to the class on a topic of their choosing.

In the second unit, students learn how to apply advanced grammatical concepts to their writing. As they become masters of making language work for them, they practice their skills as creative writers. By the end of the unit, they have a collection of polished creative writing pieces.

In the third unit, students develop strong research skills that will benefit them in any humanities classroom. They learn how to judge the quality of research sources and produce annotated bibliographies.

In the final unit, students learn all the skills necessary to fully engage, explore, and enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. At the end of the unit, students memorize speeches from the play and use their public speaking and literary analysis skills to build strong performances.

What happens in class?

Each unit of Foundations in Middle School Language Arts begins with an exploratory period in which students learn new skills. Students learn and apply these skills across the spectrum of language arts: reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, interpretation, and critical thinking. As the unit develops, students become active agents who use their new tools to engage with the unit project.

Each day of class will include a blend of the following types of activities:

Homework

Students should expect to spend about 60–90 minutes on homework every week. Homework will include: practicing skills learned in class through questions in the Homework Tab, long-term writing assignments connected to the unit project, and assigned reading in one of the four quarterly textbooks.

Teacher Feedback

Students will receive direct, oral feedback from their teacher during class. This in-person feedback is key in helping students revise and improve their writing while they are working on the unit projects. At the end of each writing project, students can expect to receive extensive written feedback from their teacher.

Schedule in 2020-21

All times Pacific.
Sunday
Aug 16 - May 16
12:30 - 2:15 PM
Sunday
Aug 16 - May 16
12:30 - 2:15 PM
Katherine Patterson
ENROLL
"Our homeschooled son is extremely gifted in math and science.  He really feels at home at AoPS Academy.  Through coaching and personal attention at AoPS, he achieved a 5 in AP Calculus at 11 years old and a 4 in AP Statistics at 12.  He also achieved an 800 on SAT II math at 12 years old.  Our son feels very comfortable in the atmosphere of AoPS, where being gifted in math is not looked down on, but treated with respect.  He has truly found his peers at AoPS Academy. 

AoPS Academy allows my son to be himself, learn that there are other kids well advanced in math, and gives him the confidence to know that it is OK to be great in math, and that other people will respect and value his ability."

-Neil D.
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