Pre-College Language Arts I: Science & Social Studies

Course Number: ABE 60
Transcript Title: Pre-College Language Arts I
Created: December 4, 2020
Updated: December 4, 2020
Total Credits: 0
Lecture Hours: 55
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: P-NP (default)
Repeats available for credit: 99

Course Description

Introduces basic grammar, sentence structure and paragraph writing, incorporating regular practice through the use of journals and descriptive paragraphs. Develops and builds reading comprehension skills, both fiction and non-fiction, while exploring content within the language arts, social studies and science. Includes an introduction to the interpretation of graphs, charts, time lines, etc.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic sentence structure and grammar.
  2. Communicate in writing using a variety of sentence structures, paragraphs, and short forms that emphasize correct grammar, punctuation, coherence, and clarity.
  3. Interpret charts, graphs, and time lines as related to science and social studies.
  4. Read regularly and identify, clarify, and/or prepare for a complex reading purpose.
  5. Apply reading comprehension strategies.
  6. Analyze readings or videos and compose written response and/or summary.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written assignments (journals, paragraphs, summary, GED Extended Response)
  • Daily assignments
  • Online quizzes
  • Grammar and sentence structure assignments

Texts and Materials

Suggested Materials and Texts:

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Demonstrate knowledge of basic sentence structure and grammar

  • Sentence Structure:
    • Run-on sentences
    • Fragments
    • Subjects and verb agreement
  • Grammar
    • Commas
    • Apostrophes
    • Verbs, adverbs, pronouns, nouns, prepositions

Outcome #2: Communicate in writing using a variety of sentence structures, paragraphs, and short forms that emphasize correct grammar, punctuation, coherence, and clarity.

  • Simple, compound, complex sentences
  • Topic sentence
  • Supporting information

Outcome #3: Interpret charts, graphs, and time lines as related to science and social studies

  • Maps: physical, topographical, road maps & climatic maps
  • Learn the basic parts & create their own chart or graph.  This includes: pie charts, line graphs, time lines, diagrams, bar graphs.

Outcome #4: Read regularly and identify, clarify, and/or prepare for a complex reading purpose.

  • Recognize evidence
  • Reading non-fiction or fiction book, journaling, comprehension questions

Outcome #5: Apply reading comprehension strategies.

  • Notes in margins
  • Use strategies to pronounce and/or understand the meanings of unfamiliar words as well as their usage in a complex or dense texts.
  • Reading levels, fluency, building inferences (newspaper articles, charts, cartoons etc.)

Outcome #6: Analyze readings or videos and compose written response and/or summary. 

  • Topic sentence
  • Summary
  • Response
  • Paraphrasing