We’re excited to announce the launch of our new English enrichment course for 11th grade English Language Arts (ELA 11). This course is our latest addition to a series designed for the enrichment and remediation of core academics.
Our previous English enrichment courses include offerings for 5th grade (ELA 5) and 8th grade English Language Arts (ELA 8). We also offer math enrichment courses for 5th grade (Math 5) and 8th grade math (Algebra I) and, simultaneous with the launch of ELA 11, an 11th grade math course (Algebra II). Our plans for next year include courses in both English and math designed for 6th and 7th grade students.
Registration for Piqosity’s premium courses takes less than 30 seconds and does not require a credit card. Join for FREE at the Community level, which includes access to a diagnostic test and limited practice material. Full course access starts at just $89, and tutors and teachers can save more than 50% when purchasing on behalf of their classes.
Want to know more about how it all works? Read our in-depth English Course Navigation Guide for a step-by-step introduction to Piqosity’s ELA offerings.
Introducing ELA 11
We designed the new ELA 11 course to help 11th grade students with both enrichment and remediation. This course heavily emphasizes improving reading skills through a diverse group of texts, including short stories, narrative non-fiction, informational texts, novels, plays, and argumentative texts. Aligned to Common Core standards, the course is divided into six genre-specific units:
- Unit 1 – Short Stories (5 stories at launch, including classics by Poe and Mansfield)
- Unit 2 – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (11 chapters)
- Unit 3 – Informational Texts (16 texts)
- Unit 4 – The Great Gatsby (9 chapters)
- Unit 5 – Drama (6 plays, including works by Ibsen, Wilde, and Shakespeare)
- Unit 6 – Argumentative Texts (16 texts focusing on current events)
Two of the units ask students to read full-length works (Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby). Students are presented with questions on every chapter of these classic works, as well as questions which explore overarching themes and general ideas.
At launch, the ELA 11 course features nearly 120 reading passages and over 1000 questions. We estimate that most 11th grade students will take between 30 and 40 hours to fully work through this material. Assuming that the average US school is in session for about 35 weeks, this means that enrichment students could spend about an hour each week with Piqosity’s new English course.
Students using Piqosity to remediate or prepare for a standardized test such as the ACT or SAT will likely have to compress this timeline.
Piqosity’s Innovative Platform Features
These new ELA courses are built on top of the same innovative and flexible platform as our acclaimed ISEE, ACT, and SAT test prep courses.
Piqosity’s key platform features include:
- Instructional lessons with multiple variations, including video tutorials
- Adaptive practice, including gamification options
- Piqosity Virtual Tutor (PVT), an individualized AI-driven tutoring assistant
- Student analytics, and “strength and weakness” diagnostics
- Answer explanations from both the original author and third-party educators
- Printable PDF practice tests and question sets
- Timers with flexible settings (including time-and-a-half and double time)
- Test-taking assistance: interactive whiteboard, question “scratch-throughs,” and flagging
Piqosity is Built for Tutors and Teachers
We built Piqosity to be both user-friendly for parents and students at home and ready to meet the complex needs of full-time tutors and teachers. Key features for educators include:
- Student management, including the ability to see everything the student sees
- Automatic scoring and analysis of all student work
- Assignments with due dates
- Custom Branding (tutoring companies and schools)
Beginning this fall, we have opened up our platform to enable any qualified educator to upload their own instructional content to Piqosity. This means that educators are able to create their own lessons and questions. They can share this content with all users or limit it to their own students.
A Mission to Rethink Education
Piqosity (pique + curiosity) is a Houston-based education technology startup on a mission to rethink education. One product launch at a time, we are on a journey to democratize education publishing and personalize student learning.