Advanced Virtual Studies (AVS) courses are designed for students to improve critical thinking, reading for meaning, writing across the curriculum, textual analysis, and educational technology skills. These skill sets will allow students to succeed in meeting core high school standards while preparing for the rigors of college. AVS courses require significantly more student-teacher and student-student interaction and time than a general high school course.
Each AVS course is divided into modules, each of which focuses on Common Core elements. Students will be expected to then meet additional learning standards specific to the topic. These standards may include researching, integrating research into written assignments, experiential learning, highly engaged team projects, and STEM specific labs. Students will interact with the teacher and other students via Discussion Boards, Skype sessions, Blackboard Collaborate, or other medium deemed appropriate for reaching targeted learning objectives.
Introduction to Computer Applications is designed to familiarize students with computers and their applications. It will also emphasize the use of computers and technology throughout their middle school, high school, college, and future careers. Students will learn fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software and become familiar with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and multimedia presentations. Students will also investigate Internet-based applications, working with email and learning how to browse the web.
Below are the RRT Modules for English 11 that are available should a district not provide their own scope and sequence for a custom curriculum developed from our bank of standards-aligned lessons. These standards-aligned lessons can be reconfigured from the extended text curriculum, short text curriculum, and the Common Core grammar curriculum. Lessons listed below in the modules follow New York Common Core adopted standards for the Reading and Writing. In addition, as Grammar is decided at the local level as far as alignment for modules, you will find the available Grammar lessons in the Grammar curriculum listed at the end of the English descriptions. In a base RRT course, these will be interspersed unless a scope and sequence is shared by the district. Lessons are designed using a best practice model that includes scaffolding, vocabulary, guided practice, independent practice, and written response opportunities for students to evaluate, debate, and summarize.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Bartleby, The Scrivener
Excerpt from Society and Solitude
The Minister’s Black Veil
Excerpt from Democracy in America
Research Project: Grade 11 Module A
The Middle Passage
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
A Modest Proposal
My Last Duchess
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Research Project: Grade 11 Module B
Shakespeare’s Sonnet XXIX
The Gettysburg Address
The Blue and the Gray
Excerpt from Gulliver’s Travels
Barack Obama: A More Perfect Union
Research Project: Grade 11 Module C
Plessy v. Ferguson
The Cherry Orchard
Brown v. Board of Education
Excerpt from The Trial
The Great Gatsby
Research Project: Grade 11 Module D