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COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.
This course emphasizes the study of literature in the context of specific historical periods based on Florida standards. Students will continue to progress as writers and critical thinkers through the study of a variety of writing techniques, communication skills, literary genres and non-fiction texts. Students will strengthen their reading and writing skills and practice academic and vocational reading and writing, including the types of writing placement tests many universities require.
CHAPTERS
Ch.1 – Narrative Writing
Ch.2 – Beowulf
Ch.3 – Canterbury Tales
Ch.4 – Othello
Ch.5 – Julius Caesar
Ch.6 – Descriptive Writing
Ch.7 – 19th Century British Literature
Ch.8 – British Poetry
Ch.9 – The Beatles and Monty Python
Ch.10 – Argumentative Writing