Academic Research: Semester Course
Face to Face Online Course in real time, taught by a state certified Teacher of English.
IOE is Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredited.
- Free online orientation introduces tools of 21st Century online platform to all enrolled students before course begins
- Via online platform, teacher participates in Back to School Night to provide course overview to parents
- Course is integrated into district's bell schedule
- Every lesson is recorded and provided to students as a study artifact
- Online gradebook allows students and parents to track academic progress
- 24 hour tech support included
- Course is accessible anywhere with Internet connectivity: school computer labs, student home, and libraries
In this course students will be immersed in text, responding to assigned readings as free writing exercises posted asynchronously (Forums/Wiki/Blogs). Writing will be examined as a means of re-searching thoughts, as a way of discovering voice and vision, and as a means of communication, as a way of voicing ideas and as a way of gathering in the voices of others. Students will be asked to trust in your own ability to generate an original thesis, to wade with confidence through secondary materials, and to discriminate among sources of information.
Taking a position on a text or on an issue requires critical thinking skills, analyzing and synthesizing source information. Students will be encouraged to express original claims, to experiment with form, and to take risks in interpretation of text. Students will learn to find a place for the language, ideas, and voice of the outsider. The research piece, by definition, requires that they integrate the ideas and language of other writers/scholars/specialists, effectively synthesizing information.