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Language Arts Level 4

Academic Year Language Arts

In the Level 4 course, students examine pivotal moments from American history through the lens of language arts, and come away with a new awareness of the power of writing to shape and reflect history. Students who complete this course will have experience in discerning and utilizing credible sources, presenting evidence-based writings and project creations to an audience, and producing skillful works written to entertain, inform, persuade, or defend.

Students engage with authentic literature and analyze a broad array of works — from Revolutionary propaganda and speeches of the Civil War, to the essays that fueled the battle for the ballot — as they learn to craft masterful writings of their own. While the foray into American history serves our Level 4 students primarily as an exciting, multifaceted theme, it also serves the intentional purpose of introducing students to a critical subject found in later coursework.

Each unit extends students’ capacity to drive their exploration as much as possible. Students research and critically examine historical accounts from multiple perspectives and angles, giving them an in-depth awareness of the shifting—and often competing—narratives that build history.

Unit Breakdown

In the first unit, students explore influential texts of the Revolutionary period from a language arts perspective, including misleading texts on both sides. Students complete the unit by taking their study of competing narratives to write a one-act, humorous Revolutionary play that clearly communicates a Loyalist or Patriot point of view. Throughout the unit, students examine the craft of narrative writing across the brainstorming, planning, and drafting stages, and learn to create quality narratives of their own.

In the second unit, students are introduced to both prominent and lesser-heard voices from the Civil War era, as they use careful analysis to develop evidence-based expository essays. Students’ essays serve as the foundation for a live “documentary” presentation in class. Throughout this unit, students practice implementing expository structure, drafting well-defined thesis statements, and incorporating clear, concise supporting ideas.

In the third unit, students continue their study of influential texts as they shift their focus to the quest to secure voting rights in the United States. Studying several primary and secondary texts, students learn to evaluate the author’s point of view, analyze various methods of persuasion (symbols, exaggeration, metaphor, etc.), and discuss how popular opinions are often formed. Students end the unit by developing a persuasive proposal to nominate a chosen historical figure to be memorialized in a town square.

In the fourth unit, students’ experience thus far of interpreting texts and voices of diverse perspectives culminates in the study of masterful poetry. As they read and analyze a work of poetic memoir, students craft their own personal narratives in poetic form, thereby contributing to a collective “history” of their class’s lifetimes.

What happens in class?

Each unit begins with an investigative period in which students focus on a main text and hone critical thinking and writing skills. In class, students are introduced to an array of fiction and nonfiction texts to further explore and evaluate source material, language choice, intent, and audience. They exercise their skills in independent planning, purposeful research, and responsive writing as each unit progresses. Each unit ends with a final project that is developed through a structured process of brainstorming, drafting, and revising -- culminating in a final presentation.

Each day of class includes a blend of the following types of activities:

Homework

Students should expect to spend about 1-2 hours on homework every week. Homework includes:

Teacher Feedback

During class, the teacher provides students with ongoing support through direct, oral feedback on skills and projects. This in-person feedback is key in helping students revise and improve their writing in the context of unit projects. Further, during each writing project, students receive evaluative written feedback from their teacher at the completion of critical stages, such as preliminary outlines and rough draft completions.

Course Texts

Reading Tab

For an extra challenge, students can read 2 books per unit and take quizzes on the Reading tab. These books are not provided by AoPS Academy; they must be independently purchased by parents.

  • Who Could That Be at This Hour?
  • The 39 Clues
  • Case Closed?
  • Something Rotten
  • Chasing Vermeer
  • Book Scavenger
  • I Am Malala (Young Readers Edition)
  • Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution

Schedule in 2021-22

All times Pacific.
Saturday
Aug 28 - Jun 11
10:15 - Noon
Saturday
Aug 28 - Jun 11
10:15 - Noon
C Mariahn Scarborough
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Sunday
Aug 29 - Jun 12
10:15 - Noon
Sunday
Aug 29 - Jun 12
10:15 - Noon
Vanessa Essler
ENROLL
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Sunday
Aug 29 - Jun 12
2:45 - 4:30 PM
Sunday
Aug 29 - Jun 12
2:45 - 4:30 PM
Arden Rundell
ENROLL
Monday
Aug 30 - Jun 13
4:30 - 6:15 PM
Monday
Aug 30 - Jun 13
4:30 - 6:15 PM
Vanessa Essler
ENROLL
2 spots left
Tuesday
Aug 31 - Jun 7
4:30 - 6:15 PM
Tuesday
Aug 31 - Jun 7
4:30 - 6:15 PM
Vanessa Essler
ENROLL
Wednesday
Sep 1 - Jun 8
5:00 - 6:45 PM
Wednesday
Sep 1 - Jun 8
5:00 - 6:45 PM
Roger Chao
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