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Building Vocabulary

(.50 credits) – Review of how to use a dictionary, the origin of words, review of the parts of speech, analogies, homonyms, homographs, strategies for critical recognition of small words in larger words, foreign terms, review of sounds made by /au/ and /aw/, initial and final consonants, and introduction of words that use silent letters

Civics

(.50 credits) – Civics Covers the areas of the definition and purpose of government, the English Magna Carta, House of Lords and Commons, Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers’ objectives, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the English Bill of Rights, the Preamble, religion, the amendments to the Constitution, direct democracy, checks and balances, copyrights, patents, establishing the Presidential system, the definition of civil rights, women’s suffrage, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., affirmative action, and much more.

Cooperative Education/Work Experience

(.50 credits) – This course is designed to provide the student with authentic experience in a business environment, in addition to a normal class schedule. Whether working full- or part-time, participating students must accumulate a minimum of 128 hours of verifiable work experience in order to earn one-half credit (or 256 hours to earn a full credit). Further course requirements include developing a job survey questionnaire, to be followed by three interviews—using the aforementioned job survey—with supervisors and/or other business professionals; a written summary of each interview is required. In addition, participating students must compose a job description of their work as well as a one-page essay on a future career choice. Finally, students will show various examples of resumes, and they will be expected to compose their own typed one-page personal resume before they earn their credit.

Elements of Reading 1

(.50 credits) – Covers pronunciation skills and symbols, review of consonants, vowels, verbs, word analysis skills, sight words, core subject words, words with multiple meanings, sequencing, alphabetization, comprehension skills including conflict and climax, fiction, non-fiction, fables, poetry, figurative language including alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, irony, personification, flashback, and foreshadowing. Selected authors include: Burnett, Longfellow, Irving, Defoe, Crane, Burns, and Poe.

Elements of Reading 2

(.50 credits) – Review of verbs, consonants, vowels, word analysis skills including Greek and Latin words, connotation and denotation, word similarities, abbreviations, comprehension skills including classifying, comparing and contrasting, recognizing cause and effect, point of view, literary terms, elements of fiction, examples of newspaper writing, poetry, drama, and figurative language. Selected authors include: Dickens, Twain,Washington, Crane, Stevenson, Hardy, London, Shelley, Dryden, and Sidney.

Elements of Reading 3

(.50 credits) – Review of consonants, vowels, verbs, word analysis skills including Greek and Latin words, compound words, antonyms, homonyms, core subject words, comprehension skills including recognizing outcomes and conclusions, cause and effect, predicting outcomes, common expressions, biography and autobiography, poetry, literary devices, and figurative language. Selected authors include: Tolstoy, Longfellow, Emerson, Henry, Franklin, Thoreau, Irving, Bierce, Bradstreet, Henry, Shakespeare, and Lawrence.

Elements of Writing 1

(.50 credits) – Student exercises include changing positive statements to negative statements using contractions, changing statements to questions by moving the verb, creating sentences from word lists, combining sentences, and changing questions into statements by moving the auxiliary verb.

Elements of Writing 2

(.50 credits) – Student exercises include changing singular nouns to plural nouns by changing the spelling, adding quantities to nouns, filling in the blanks of sentences using the words “much” and “many”, changing singular nouns to plural nouns, working with subject/verb agreement, and changing the tenses of verbs.

Elements of Writing 3

(.50 credits) – Student exercises include changing singular nouns to plural nouns by changing the spelling, adding quantities to nouns, filling in the blanks of sentences using the words “much” and “many”, changing singular nouns to plural nouns, working with subject/verb agreement, and changing the tenses of verbs.

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