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 9 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.
Module A
Short Texts
The Necklace
The Bill of Rights
Hope is the Thing with Feathers
Declaration of Independence
Extended Text
Romeo and Juliet
Research Project
Research Project: Grade 9 Module A
Module B
Short Texts
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Raven
Day of Infamy Speech
A Scandal in Bohemia
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?
Extended Text
Common Sense
Research Project
Research Project: Grade 9 Module B
Module C
Short Texts
A Poetry Reading at West Point
excerpt from The Awakening
FDRs First Inaugural Address
The Wood-Pile
Excerpt from A Doll’s House
FDR’s First Fireside Chat
Extended Text
Death of a Salesman
Research Project
Research Project: Grade 9 Module C
Module D
Short Texts
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Biography of Emerson
1 Samuel 17
excerpt from Metamorphosis
Extended Text
The Scarlet Letter
Research Project
Research Project: Grade 9 Module D