Intermediate 1 - English Language Arts
SPECIAL NOTE: Our intention is still to offer both in-class and virtual online options for our Fall/Winter programs, so that clients can choose which way they wish to learn. Classes at our McMaster Innovation Park location are only offered in person.
When we do offer in-class options, we will be following strict protocol for the health and safety of our students and staff, and ensuring we not only adhere to government requirements but exceed safety expectations.
More information on our live online distance learning can be found HERE.
Brain Power’s Intermediate 1 course is designed to teach the critical-thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary to enable students to:
- Produce outstanding junior-high-level essays
- Engage in intellectual discussion and debate
- Understand the major disciplinary differences and expectations of high-school
- Think across paradigms and approach intellectual questions in an interdisciplinary manner
- Improve their elementary-school grades
Intermediate 1 focuses on the four key components of all our English Language Arts courses:
- Building sophisticated vocabularies
- Improving grammar skills
- Improving reading comprehension and critical/analytical skills
- Improving critical/analytical writing skills
In short, Intermediate 1 will prepare students to excel in secondary school classroom discussions and written assignments across a range of subject areas.
The Intermediate 1 year is separated into sections or disciplinary blocks, each of which contains a literary and essay-writing component. These blocks will focus on the following topics:
- Classic Literature – Developing a Thesis and Argumentation
- Fairy Tales from an Alternative Perspective – Five Essay Paragraphs
- Science Fiction – Argumentative Essays
- Utopias vs. Dystopias – Argumentative Essays/Comparative Essays
- Historical Fiction – Persuasive Essays
- Poetry – Analytical Essays
After each disciplinary block is complete, the information learned will be applied to the subsequent one. This cumulative structure will ensure that students begin to read, think and write in an interdisciplinary manner.
Students will be evaluated on:
- Vocabulary homework
- Vocabulary quizzes
- Weekly in-class grammar exercises
- Weekly writing assignments
- Novel study (for 34-lesson course)
- Essay assignments
- Mid-term and final vocabulary exams
- Final exam