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If you collect something, no matter what that something is, you have multiple items tied together around a theme, connected in some way. Appropriately named, Collections is a unique language arts program which brings together multiple components to help students learn to become experts at hearing, seeing, analyzing, discussing and writing about such connections in literature and other forms of media in their world. The curriculum pulls together multiple literary genre, multiple student activities and multiple tools to help students become better critical thinkers and communicators (written and oral).

Lets start with the multiple tools provided in this homeschool package. Yes, there is a student book, but it serves as just about half of the full program. This is a hybrid course and its second half is an online digital component and is mandatory to complete the course as designed. Each Student Text is organized by 6 topically themed collections rather than chapters. Themes, varied based on grade level, might be Dealing with Disaster, The Bonds Between Us, or Chasing Success, for example. Each collection, like any good collection, has subcategories. Youll always find multiple genre, but always at least two anchor texts (those which form the basis of the collection) and then a handful of comparison texts. So, the student learns to analyze each text, but also view each text in light of the others. Imagine, for example, examining one gemstones strengths, weaknesses and uses, and then comparing it against the other gem stones in the same category. Thus, you have this programs concept. I was impressed with the depth and breadth of the selected texts. Your student will be exposed to a variety of writing: short story, speeches, science writing, informational text, poetry, literary classics, political argument, essays - the list goes on. Your student will also be introduced to writers across the centuries and from different cultures and world views. To give you an example of the variety, the 12th grade collection, Gender Roles, includes as anchor pieces, The Wife of Baths Tale (Chaucers 14th century narrative poem); Mallam Sile (a 20th century West African writers short story), and Vindication of the Rights of Women (an 18th century woman writers political argument), among others (such as a modern news article). A word about literary content: this is secular material. From what I examined, though, the material seemed fairly age-level appropriate, didnt seem to push an agenda, and was typical of college prep. As a Christian using this material, I would also personally take time with my student to discuss the presented ideas in light of my Christian world view. Applying critical thinking to a text and lining it up with Scripture is a priceless skill.

After each individual text you will find features that help teach analysis, literary modes & terms, critical vocabulary and the like. Then your student will be asked to analyze the text, responding to various questions. The main student assignments are two Performance Tasks per collection. Typically, these are writings of different types (literary analysis, expository essay, opinion essay, argumentative essay, etc.), but in each grade, the student will be asked to give at least one speech and one multi-media presentation or some other non-traditional method of presenting ideassometimes as an individual and sometimes as part of a group (this can be adjusted for one student fairly easily). The tasks require students to pull evidence from the material theyve encountered either in the written or digital component and respond on the topic in some way. Thus, they are also developing research skills. The Performance Tasks are explained thoroughly: details include what makes an effective response, planning tips, and detailed reminders about the processes involved in completion (such as drafting, revising, etc.). Finally, they (and the teacher for that matter) are provided with a detailed rubric which explains what a student response will look like (from advanced, to competent, to limited, to emerging) in the categories of evidence, organization and language.

A final, nice component in the student book is the Student Resource guide included in back of the text. These are ready references (close to 100 pages) for all the students assigned tasks: a guide for Performance Tasks, helps for reading arguments, grammar reference and vocabulary/spelling references, etc. Also included are glossaries of literary terms, academic terms and critical vocabulary. An index of skills taught and titles/authors used will help teachers and students alike.

Thus far, Ive discussed what you might come to expect from a traditional Language Arts program. Now to the Digital Component (Ill call it DC). Heres where we enter a whole new realm. The DC contains several tools your student will need and is a major component of the course, requiring Internet access. (As a hybrid course, the digital component is mandatory. Access is provided for one year from date of initiating. To allow you a flexible start date, a sheet explaining the simple activation process will be included in the student book). Not only are students asked to read, interact with and analyze print formats, but also with multimedia accessible only online. These are indicated by a play icon in the books Table of Contents. So, students are not only reading, but also viewing and analyzing news stories, perhaps movie variations of plays, interviews, etc. Youll find a similar level of variety in the multimedia as with the print texts. In addition, your student will use the DC to practice close reading. Using the Close Reader (also available as a separate app for iPad), students will practice multiple close readings of 7 types of texts (argument, informative text, poetry, drama, media, comparative texts and fiction); they will annotate and comment on this text. These Close Reading Texts are listed in the student book but are only found in the Close Reader program or app. Perhaps your students need help analyzing the anchor texts or reading closely; the varied elements of the DC guide students through and model these processes (literary discussion is modeled as well). Additionally, the DCs FYI, Channel One News and View Extend components include even more multimedia texts that provide extra information on the collection topic. These three provide new content that is more current event from a plethora of sources, including A & E, History Channel and Bio and are updated monthly. These digital elements make the course more organic and connect the students assignments to his present world. I appreciate this aspect in a day when it seems as though analysis has gone by the wayside and we accept whatever we see online. The last main feature for the student is the myNotebook. Here, your student will collect, cite and organize the best evidence shes gathered during all her reading and use the writing tools there to draft, revise, collaborate, edit and complete her Performance Task.

What about teacher helps? While the student book incorporates much that the teacher needs for the print components, the DC also contains a Teacher Dashboard. Here you can plan assignments; develop reports; group your resources by topic genre, CC standard or Lexile scores. There are lots of resources here so the teacher can aid the student. In addition, graphic organizers, teacher links, videos, etc., provide professional development. You can monitor student progress and use the Turn it in and evaluation tools. As you can tell, this is a fairly rigorous course and a background/strong knowledge in language arts or literature would be helpful to the teacher.

Aligned to the Common Core, the course designers state that it is inspired by the Core since it draws heavily on close reading, critical thinking, multiple genres and the CCs digital requirement. Although the plethora of components may first seem overwhelming, this course would be a good fit for those needing to meet CC requirements and wanting a college-prep, literature-based, multi-faceted approach. Student books vary in length and are 7 1/4 x 10 1/4, hc. ~ Ruth

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