Language Arts Department
General Expectations for Language Arts courses:
All language arts courses include a balance of composition, applied grammar, and literature. The development of vocabulary, speaking, listening, researching, and test-taking skills is an integral part of the curriculum.
Students taking an online language arts class will have course assignments due every day (Monday through Friday). While students can work ahead on most assignments, assessments must be completed during the 24-hour period they are assigned. Students receive a pacing guide at the beginning of the semester that indicates exactly what is due each day of the semester. It is the student’s responsibility to work ahead to accommodate any foreseeable conflicts (school trip, sports practice, vacation, etc.).
While taking a semester-long class with Gwinnett County Online Campus, students should plan to devote a minimum of 10 hours per week to coursework. Students taking a minimester class should plan to devote a minimum of 20 hours per week on the course. If you are taking a summer semester course, please plan on spending 20+ hours per week. Although every attempt is made for students to have equivalent hours of coursework per day, there are times when the workload will be heavier than usual and other times when it will be lighter than usual. Students are encouraged to work ahead at any opportunity that presents itself in order to not be overwhelmed at a later time.
Frequency of Chats:
All instructors will hold at least one chat a week according to the schedule posted in each course. These chats are designed to enhance student mastery of the AKS and to provide an opportunity for remediation, reinforcement, and extension. Students are required to attend these chats or listen to the chat recording within 48 hours. Students will then complete an assignment that accompanies each chat. Each of these assignments will be factored into the classroom assessments category of the student’s grade.
Face to Face Requirements:
The only face-to-face requirement for LA is the Final Exam and/or End of Course Test at the end of the semester.
However, if deemed necessary, a student may be asked to come to campus during the course of the term to complete work and/or assessments in a proctored setting.
Materials Pickup Information:
AP Literature & Composition requires a textbook that students should pick up on Materials Pickup. For the rest of the LA courses, all readings, with the exception of some novels, are contained within the course. If you will be required to have access to a novel that is not available online, you will be given notice in advance.