Digital Media + Student Pacing + Independent Activities + Project Choice = An individualized learning path towards academic achievement.
Virtual courses help add that second pair of hands every teacher needs. This online course will walk your students through the entire novel in a step-by-step progression.
**This course is based on a Google Sites platform. The website address is provided in the purchased teacher resources file.**
Students will document completed activities and record grades on a course checklist throughout the course, and teachers can easily glance at the students checklist to see progress being made.
This is especially useful for gifted and talented students who wish to work more quickly through a unit of study or spend time on areas that are of interest to the student.
This course combines independent reading and activities with YouTube videos, practice content links, automatically graded assessments throughout the novel, and creative writing/drawing expression. All of this information is clearly outlined in the Google Sites link provided in the purchased product.
Students complete projects and writing assignments that have accompanying rubrics so that students practice self-assessment and using assessment criteria to drive project outcomes.
The course objectives are as follows. Students will...
-Create a bird’s eye view map of a fictional city based on a civil engineering video and a list of constraints.
-Write 10 rules for this city’s inhabitants to follow and a statement of belief.
-Practice self-assessment of this project by a rubric.
-Describe the 2 main characters’ personalities using at least 2 pieces of evidence from chapter 1 of the text.
-Draw an illustration of Ember based on the author’s descriptions of it in chapter 1.
-Identify and record 3-5 text excerpts in the margin around the illustration showing how the student based the illustration on the text.
-Demonstrate comprehension of chapters 1-3 through a multiple choice test.
-Create a timeline of events by integrating two chapters of the same day.
-Compose a creative writing draft of a day in one of the provided jobs that Lina and Doon might have drawn on assignment day.
-Pattern this creative writing after Lina and Doon’s day using the setting of Ember and the conflict of curiosity.
-Draw a scene of the first day of work based on the creative writing.
-Evaluate text excerpts from Lina’s point of view (POV).
-Write a response about one text excerpt answering three components of this response: explanation, analyzing for clues, and predicting how it might affect the story
-Watch a video that explain what multimedia elements are and how they contribute to meaning, tone, or beauty of a text.
-Watch a video of a movie trailer on City of Ember and apply how the multimedia effects affect how the student thinks and feels about the text.
-Review 6 types of figurative and poetic language: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and hyperbole.
-Explain what a given piece of figurative language means as found in chapters 5-6 of the text.
-Look up and record the definition and synonyms of “decipher.”
-Create a simple code, explain how to decipher it, and provide the answer.
-Use context clues and an understanding of the novel to decipher the code Lina found to the best of the student’s abilities.
-Demonstrate comprehension of chapters 4-7 through a multiple choice test.
-Watch a video that explains what foreshadowing is through movie clips of Despicable Me.
-Predict examples from chapters 8-9 where the author might have left clues about what will happen in the novel.
-Research electricity through provided Internet links.
-Write a secret note to Doon explaining what electricity is based on the student’s research including a diagram or chart to make the information more clear.
-Practice identifying what idioms mean through provided Internet links.
-Demonstrate comprehension of chapters 8-11 through a multiple choice test.
-Explain how Lina has responded to challenges faced in the text.
-Explore POV through a video of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and rewrite this story from another character’s POV.
-Analyze a scene from chapter 11 and explain how 3 different characters from the novel would possibly have seen this similarly or differently.
-Evaluate whether Lina and Doon are right for reporting the secret they have discovered using evidence from the text in the evaluation.
-Form predictions about what Ember is, where it is located, and why certain events have happened.
-Explore what plot means in a fictional writing through a video.
-Demonstrate comprehension of chapters 12-15 through a multiple choice test.
-Match and explain the relationship of causes and effects from a list of events and statements about the novel.Analyze 2 poetic phrases in a 3-column chart providing a text phrase, how the student visualizes it and feelings it evokes.
-Predict how the story will end based on the titles of chapters 18 and 19.
-Revise predictions after reading and explain how the story ended differently than the student initially predicted.
-Demonstrate comprehension of chapters 16-20 through a multiple choice test.
-Demonstrate understanding of the comprehensive novel by completing 1 of 5 project choices.
-Practice self-assessment of this project by a rubric.
-Compile and organize required components from the completed course.
-Write a summary including a description of the activity, why the activity was selected, what the student learned, and how the activity shows work ethic of 3 self-selected components from the completed course.