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VLA Test Preparation Course Description (Grades 9-12)

ACT Preparation 12th Edition

2 Semesters: 36 Units

This course will prepare students to take the ACT test. The textbooks, Essential Skills Required for College and Career Readiness Student Text, 12th Edition and Victory for the ACT Test ACT Aspire (formerly EPAS) and the College and Career Readiness System, 12th Edition from Cambridge Educational Services, accompanies this course. The instructions within each unit will direct students to the section of the textbook that they need to reference.

**There is a book fee for this course.

AIR ENG_LA Test Preparation

1 Semester: 18 Units 

The Argumentative and Informative/Essay writing course is divided into two 9 unit sessions. The first nine weeks will focus on creating argumentative essays. This section will be broken down into an overview of arguments, transition words, introduction paragraph, body paragraphs, claims, counterclaims, and the closing paragraph. The second nine weeks will hone in on how to create an informative/expository essay. Units will focus on introductory paragraphs, body paragraphs, closing paragraphs, as well as an overview of the informative essay. Students will be asked to use in text citation for both essays. This will be reviewed in both sections.

AIR American Government Test Prep

1 Semester: 18 Units

This course will explore the government of the United States of America. How the American people govern themselves at national, state and local levels of government is the basis for this course. Students will examine the basic principles of the Constitution, the structure and functions of the federal government, the role of the people, and the importance of the economy.

AIR American History Test Prep
1 Semester: 18 Units
This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this course. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions.
Test Preparation Grades 3-5
1 Semester: 18 Units
This course consists of English Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Students will learn basic computer skills, ways to prepare for tests, along with problem-solving strategies, as they are engaged in test questions that are like those that could appear on state tests.

Study Skills

1 Semester:18 Units

The study skills and strategies course is broken into two 9 unit sections. The first nine weeks concentrate on student learning styles, management of study time and routines, note taking strategies from textbooks, classes, and presentations, and ends with test taking tips strategies. The second nine weeks concentrate on using reference sources, remembering strategies, standardized test taking strategies, building vocabulary through clues, and ends with the final exam and college preparation strategies.

Each unit consists of Prezi or Power Point lectures. Students will encounter different types of activities and video presentations as they follow along with the lecture. A concept check is administered to assess student content knowledge at the end of each unit. As the students finish course, they will be asked to complete a study skills and strategies portfolio. This portfolio will be used as a reference source for the rest of their high school and college careers.

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