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What are the differences in versions of English 12 in Plato Courseware?

Explanation

The new versions (3.0) of English 12 Semesters A and B have been refreshed to add 21st century skills and more comprehensive objective coverage. 

Resolution

Key enhancements to the English 12 content include:

  • 100% coverage of Common Core
  • Threaded discussions and unit activities added to every unit (v2.0 did not have these types of activities)
  • Research paper in Semester B
  • Play and a novel
  • Increased rigor in the pretest and end of semester tests
  • Microsoft Word based lesson activities

Below is a list of actvities that were PDF offline activities in v2.0 and are now online lesson actvities with a short tutorial and an added mastery test in v3.0:

v2.0 Activity Name(s) & Unit v3.0 Activity Name(s) & Unit

Word Origins as an Aid to Understanding

(Sem. A - Unit 1)

Determining Meaning from Word Origins

(Sem. A - Unit 2)

Sentence Structure (Sem. A - Unit 1) Analyzing Sentence Structures (Sem. A - Unit 1)
Analyzing Themes in Literature (Sem. A - Unit 1)

Exploring Themes in English Literature

(Sem. A - Unit 2)

Analyzing Themes in Literature (Sem. A - Unit 1) 

Analyzing Themes in Contemporary Literature

(Sem. A - Unit 4)

Stepping into the Writing Process (Sem. A - Unit 1) Stepping into the Writing Process (Sem. A - Unit 1)
Tactics Used by the Media (Sem. A - Unit 1) Identifying Media Tactics (Sem. A - Unit 3)

Denotative And Connotative Meanings of Words

(Sem. A - Unit 2)

Using Denotative and Connotative Meanings

(Sem. A - Unit 3)

Plot and Setting (Sem. A - Unit 2)

Analyzing Plot and Setting in English Literature

(Sem. A - Unit 2)

How to Write a Short Story (Sem. A - Unit 2) Writing a Short Story (Sem. B - Unit 2)
Meanings of Figurative Language (Sem. A - Unit 3) Meaning in Figurative Language (Sem. A - Unit 5)
The Nature of Poetry (Sem. A - Unit 3) The Nature of Poetry (Sem. A - Unit 5)

Exploring Shakespeare (Sem. A - Unit 3)

Exploring Shakespeare (Sem. A - Unit 4)
Poetry Extravaganza (Sem. A - Unit 3) Experimenting with Poetry (Sem. A - Unit 5)
How to Give a Speech (Sem. A - Unit 3)

Analyzing Speeches (Sem. A - Unit 3)

Analyzing Analogies (Sem. B - Unit 1) Analyzing Analogies (Sem. B - Unit 1)

Sentence Errors (Sem. B - Unit 1)

Correcting Sentence Errors (Sem. A - Unit 1)
Satire in Literature (Sem. B - Unit 1) Satire in Literature (Sem. B - Unit 1)
Business Writing (Sem. B - Unit 1) Writing for Business (Sem. A - Unit 4)
Autobiographical Narratives (Sem. B - Unit 1) Analyzing First-Person Narratives (Sem. B - Unit 1)
Elements of a Persuasive Speech (Sem. B - Unit 1) Evaluating Persuasive Speeches (Sem. A - Unit 3)
Understanding Idioms (Sem. B - Unit 2) Understanding Idioms (Sem. B - Unit 4)
Techniques of Fiction (Sem. B - Unit 2) Techniques of Fiction (Sem. B - Unit 2)

Characteristics of Different Types of Text

(Sem. B - Unit 2)

Characteristics of Fiction Genres (Sem. B - Unit 2)

Characteristics of Different Types of Text

(Sem. B - Unit 2)

Characteristics of Nonfiction Texts (Sem. B - Unit 2)

Characteristics of Different Types of Text

(Sem. B - Unit 2)

Understanding Types of Poetry (Sem. B - Unit 3)
Interpretations of Literature (Sem. B - Unit 2) Interpreting Literature (Sem. B - Unit 4)
Parallel Structures (Sem. B - Unit 3) Using Parallel Structures (Sem. B - Unit 3)
How to Write Summaries of Text (Sem. B - Unit 3) Summarizing Text (Sem. B - Unit 4)
Interpretive Presentations (Sem. B - Unit 3) Creating Intepretive Presentations (Sem. B - Unit 3)

Comprehending Using Roots and Affixes

(Sem. B - Unit 4)

Comprehending Vocabulary Using Roots and Affixes

(Sem. B - Unit 5)

Making Connections to Literature (Sem. B - Unit 4)

Unit Activity - Contemporary Literature

(Sem. B - Unit 4)

Extended Research Essay (Sem. B - Unit 4)

Writing an Extended Research Paper

(Sem. B - Unit 5)

Presentation Rubric (Sem. B - Unit 4) Unit Activity - The Research Essay (Sem. B - Unit 5)

What's Next

How long will English 12 version 2 be available?

PLATO Courses English 10, version 2.0 will be available until 6/1/13. In the Content mini-app, a retirement icon displays next to the version 2 courses indicating this retirement date. It gives Learners the ability to use the existing courses that are currently assigned to complete their assignment. It also makes the retirement visible to educators while also making it unavailable to assign after 6/1/13. If you are creating a new assignment for English 10, use version 3.0 of the courses.

 

Note: Version 3.0 contains refreshed content which includes different activity types from version to version. For example, offline activities are now a module containing a tutorial, application, and mastery test or a digital drop box activity. Therefore, Learner progress data can only be applied using the Apply Past Credit feature if the activity types are the same in both versions. Refer to the link below for more information on Apply Past Credit:

Using the Apply Past Credit feature

 


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