Educators use the Common Core Standards in forty-four states, four territories, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The following explains FYI Online Learning’s approach to comprehensive Common Core standards coverage in our courses.
How does the FYI Language Arts Curriculum meet the Common Core Standards?
The FYI English courses offer a 21st century curriculum that seamlessly blends critical thinking, life skills, and career skills. Interdisciplinary themes provide a strong connection to current events, history and science. Literary selections representing a wide variety of cultures combined with the use and exploration of digital media help students to become responsible, global citizens. An assortment of activities, assessments, and assignments is accompanied by clear lesson objectives and expectations that mirror the Common Core English Language Arts standards. This parallel language helps teachers to ensure that they are, in fact, meeting the Common Core Standards.
The Common Core English Language Arts standards are divided into the five following categories, and further divided into anchor standards that address specific skills and texts and are addressed by FYI Online’s Language Arts curriculum.
Reading Standards for Literature
- Fiction selections span across a range of culture, genres, and time periods so students can explore a variety of historical contexts.
- Students analyze character development, themes, and conflicts.
- Texts serve as models for the students' own narrative and reflective writing.
- Students draw connections between larger texts to short stories, poetry, and mythology.
- Sample texts include: Anthem, Heart of Darkness, Frankenstein, Like Water for Chocolate, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Othello, A Streetcar Named Desire, and 1984.
Reading Standards for Informational Text
- Examining seminal US documents helps students understand the human condition and inspiration behind the fictional selections.
- Students analyze how an author's point of view and purpose is revealed through the craft and structure of an essay or document.
- Analyzing speeches from world leaders will teach students the power of rhetoric, inspire them to find their own voice, and explore issues of concern.
- Students will understand the power of rhetoric.
- Sample texts include: The Declaration of Independence, The UN Declaration of Human Rights, Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech, "Being Mean" by Gary Soto, and Emerson's "Self-Reliance."
- Brainstorming, drafting, and editing of narratives and essays will occur over various time frames.
- Students will use MLA format in research writing to develop a formal style and appropriate tone for the intended audience.
- After analyzing fiction and literary nonfiction, students will develop claims and counterclaims in reference to the text. Students are assigned to prove/disprove a point in their analysis.
- Students will write poetry and narratives from their own perspectives and from the perspective of literary characters.
Speaking and Listening Standards
- Socratic Seminars promote thoughtful discussion among peers.
- Students will utilize various rhetorical devices such ethos, pathos, and logos as they compose persuasive speeches.
- Watching and creating digital media presentations helps students to practice a variety of communication methods.
- Writing assignments require the use of parallel structure and the use of various phrases and clauses (noun, verb, adjectival, participial, etc.) to add interest to writing.
- Students will identify common usage problems and use correct punctuation (comma, semicolon, hyphen, dash, etc.).
- Vocabulary words are defined in context, and students will explore the relative forms and etymology of terms.
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How does the FYI Math Curriculum meet the Common Core Standards?
The Common Core Standards in mathematics seek to provide students with experiences that are rich in rigor and complexity. In challenging our students, all mathematics teachers should strive to have their students develop the following abilities:
- problem solving,
- reasoning and proof,
- representation, and
These are known as the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) process standards. In addition to the process standards, the National Research Council stated that in order to be mathematically proficient students should be able to develop deep conceptual understanding, exhibit procedural fluency, demonstrate strategic competence, show adaptive reasoning, and have productive disposition.
How these concepts are implemented in the FYI math courses.
These processes and proficiencies are promoted in our courses through the presentation of scenarios with varying degrees of difficulty. Using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, the video tutorials offer rich explanations posing questions such as “what if“, “justify your reasoning”, “represent a model”, and “compare and contrast” to name a few. The text based scripts demonstrate brief explanations and terminology that provide students with immediate information.
Practice skills are offered throughout each lesson and separate assignments are submitted to the teacher via internet. Each lesson is accompanied by both a multiple choice format assessment and by another assessment that includes the new formats that will be assessed in the upcoming state standards tests. The new assessment type items are known as tasks and are presented in different formats: multiple choice, short and extended responses, selection of all that apply, drag and drop, type in, and comparison of two different quantities. These items are in line with what we have seen posted in the PARCC and Smarter Balanced websites.