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Language Arts:  Advanced Reading - Old and New Testament

Florida Department of Education (courses)
Grades:  9th to 12th (Adult)
Subject Area:  Language Arts
Course Number:  1008320
Course Title:  Advanced Reading
Credit:  0.5
Course Length:  18 weeks  (2 segments of 9 weeks is typical)
Hours of Accumulated Study:  18 Weeks or 90 Hours (1 hour per day; 5 days per week)
Required Course Materials:

  • Balancing the Sword (Volume 1 or Volume 2) by Allen B. Wolfe
  • Reputable Study Bible Covering Old and New Testament
  • Audio/Visual Bible on DVD or CD

Step One. Read all the information below to gain a general sense of this course's

  • summary description,
  • major concepts and content,
  • requirements, and
  • achievement objectives.

Step Two. Select your biblical books. You may wish to reference the sample reading plan for this course.

Step Three. Use the BTS Reading Planner software to create an itenerary including the books that you've selected combined with your starting date and ending date. Click here for help determining when your school year should start and stop.

Step Four. Read the biblical books according to your schedule. Answer the Balancing the Sword questions in either the first or second volume as you progress. Reread each chapter when you fail to successfully answer the BTS questions. Check your answers against the answer key provided in the back of BTS.

* More specific instructions will follow.

Basic Assumptions for Language Arts Education:

  • Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing competencies are integrated
    throughout students’ learning experiences.
  • Benchmarks for the Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course
    sequences. As students progress from one course to the next, increases should occur in the complexity of materials and tasks and in the students’ independence in the
    application of skills and strategies.
  • Learning tasks and materials accommodate the individual needs of students.
  • Technology is available for students to develop competencies in the language arts.

A. Major Concepts/Content.  The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and strengthen advanced reading skills in preparation for postsecondary education.

The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

This course shall integrate the Goal 3 Student Performance Standards of the Florida System of School Improvement and Accountability as appropriate to the content and processes of the subject matter.

Course student performance standards must be adopted by the district, and they must reflect appropriate Sunshine State Standards benchmarks.

B. Special Note.  None

C. Course Requirements.  These requirements include, but are not limited to, the benchmarks from the Sunshine State Standards that are most relevant to this course. Benchmarks correlated with a specific course requirement may also be addressed by other course requirements as appropriate. Some requirements in this course are not addressed in the Sunshine State Standards.

Achievement Objectives (AO).  After successfully completing this course, the student will:

AO-1.  Demonstrate understanding of reading as a complex process, including understanding of the reader’s own knowledge and skills, the author’s intent, and text structure.

LA.E.2.4.2 understand the relationships between and among elements of literature, including characters, plot, setting, tone, point of view, and theme.

LA.E.2.4.5 analyze the relationships among author’s style, literary form, and intended impact on the reader.

LA.E.2.4.6 recognize and explain those elements in texts that prompt a personal response, such as connections between one’s own life and the characters, events, motives, and causes of conflict in texts.

AO-2.  Demonstrate coordinated use of complex cueing systems (i.e., graphophonic, morphemic, syntactic, semantic, and contextual analysis) to gain meaning from varied text.

AO-3.  Demonstrate use of morphological analysis (i.e., prefixes, roots, and suffixes) to construct meaning of vocabulary.

LA.A.1.4.2 select and use strategies to understand words and text, and to make and confirm inferences from what is read, including interpreting diagrams, graphs, and statistical illustrations (i.e., picture cueing system).

AO-4.  Demonstrate use of an expanded and effective vocabulary, including specific content area vocabulary.

LA.A.1.4.3 refine vocabulary for interpersonal, academic, and workplace situations, including figurative, idiomatic, and technical meanings.

AO-5.  Construct meaning of text through inference, application, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.

LA.A.2.4.1 determine the main idea and identify relevant details, methods of development, and their effectiveness in a variety of types of written material.

LA.E.2.4.1 analyze the effectiveness of complex elements of plot, such as setting, major events, problems, conflicts, and resolutions.

AO-6.  Demonstrate use of before, during, and after reading strategies and critical-thinking skills to enhance comprehension of literary, informational, and technical text.

LA.A.1.4.1 select and use prereading strategies that are appropriate to the text, such as discussion, making predictions, brainstorming, generating questions, and previewing to anticipate content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection.

LA.A.1.4.4 apply a variety of response strategies, including rereading, note taking, summarizing, outlining, writing a formal report, and relating what is read to his or her own experiences and feelings.

LA.A.2.4.2 determine the author’s purpose and point of view and their effects on the text.

LA.A.2.4.5 identify devices of persuasion and methods of appeal and their effectiveness.

LA.A.2.4.7 analyze the validity and reliability of primary source information and use the information appropriately.

AO-7.  Demonstrate flexible use of strategies and rates suited to varied purposes and types of reading materials.

AO-8.  Demonstrate comprehension of multiple sources of text and graphic information through critical response (e.g., analysis, hypothesis, evaluation, synthesis).

LA.A.2.4.8 synthesize information from multiple sources to draw conclusions.

AO-9.  Apply independent critical-thinking and study skills to enhance performance and achievement.

LA.A.2.4.6 select and use appropriate study and research skills and tools according to the type of information being gathered or organized, including almanacs, government publications, microfiche , [Internet], news sources, and information services.

AO-10.  Select, evaluate, and use primary and secondary source materials (e.g., fictional, multicultural, informational, technical) for varied purposes, including reading for recreation.

LA.A.2.4.3 describe and evaluate personal preferences regarding fiction and nonfiction.

LA.A.2.4.4 locate, gather, analyze, and evaluate written information for a variety of purposes, including research projects, realworld tasks, and self-improvement.

Original Course Description - 2002 (source)
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