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Recommended Course Progression

Gifted and twice-exceptional students often learn asynchronously. To accommodate the wide-ranging needs of these learners, G3 offers all classes a la carte. Families should feel empowered to mix and match classes from different levels to meet the needs of their students. Placement is flexible and acceleration is encouraged as needed.

To view the recommended progression of courses in each subject area, select a tab below. To view more details about a specific class, including required books, time commitments, etc., please visit the full course catalog.

Please note: Not all classes are offered every semester. Please view the current webinar schedule to see what is currently scheduled and open for registration.

Literature

Literature

Lightning Literature 7

This 7th grade literature course is condensed into a single semester for advanced readers. Many G3 students are gifted readers who are seeking acceleration, so this class often enrolls elementary students who are ready to ready to read and discuss middle school literature. This course is appropriate for strong readers..Read More

Lightning Literature 8

This 8th grade literature course is condensed into a single semester for advanced readers. Many G3 students are gifted readers who are seeking acceleration, so this class often enrolls elementary students who are ready to ready to read and discuss middle school literature. This course is appropriate for strong readers..Read More

Lord of the Rings Literature Study

This year-long middle school literature course is condensed into a single semester for advanced readers. Many G3 students are gifted readers who are seeking acceleration, so this class often enrolls elementary students who are ready to ready to read and discuss The Lord of the Rings as literature. This course..Read More

19th Century American Literature

This high school literature course assumes that students have already taken a previous literature course and learned common literary analysis techniques. Students must be prepared to read and discuss high school literature centering around themes of civil war and slavery with maturity. For more details, see the full course description.

Shakespeare and Chaucer

Two semesters of Shakespeare can be taken together to form a full year study of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. Comedies are recommended before tragedies, but classes may be taken out of order. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales can be taken at any time, but prior study of Shakespeare is recommended. In these..Read More

Introduction to 19th Century British Literature, Gothic Literature

Two semesters of Introduction to British Literature can be taken together to form a full year study, but can be taken separately, as can Gothic Literature. Students must be extremely strong readers and have significant previous literary analysis experience to succeed in these courses. Prior completion of Shakespearean literature courses..Read More

Dystopian Literature and Modern Literature of Multicultural America

These classes are designated as Teen Focus courses for students ages 12 and up, primarily because of the mature content in the books. Class discussions include commentary on themes of social justice, climate change, post-apocalyptic societies, etc., and may include some adult language. Please review book lists carefully before selecting..Read More

Advanced British Literature: History of the English Novel

This is a year-long course for advanced teens who are ready to take on college-level literary analysis. Students must have significant prior experience in literary analysis and writing. For more information, please see the full course descriptions: Advanced British Literature: History of the English Novel A Advanced British Literature: History..Read More

Grammar

Grammar

Grammar Town/Caesar’s English I

This course covers middle school grammar and vocabulary through Michael Clay Thompson’s English series. The books were originally designed to be used for a year-long course, but we have condensed them into a single semester. This course is appropriate for students who are new to grammar analysis. The most successful..Read More

Grammar Voyage/Caesar’s English II

This course is appropriate for students who are already familiar with parts of speech and word roots. The course begins with a brief overview of part of speech, then focuses more deeply on phrases and clauses. Like Grammar Town/Caesar’s English I, this course covers middle school grammar and vocabulary through..Read More

Magic Lens/Word Within the Word 1A/B

Magic Lens courses are year-long explorations of grammar and vocabulary. Students who have already completed Grammar Town and/or Grammar Voyage will be well-prepared for success in these classes, but older students who are strong readers may find Magic Lens to be a good entry point into the Michael Clay Thompson..Read More

Magic Lens/Word Within the Word 3A/B

Yes! We skip Magic Lens 2! We have found the material found in Magic Lens 2 to be overly repetitive for gifted students who are strong readers, writers, and analytical thinkers. Most students who have completed Magic Lens 1 are well-prepared for Magic Lens 3. Magic Lens 1 must be..Read More

Introduction to Linguistics

Based on a college-level linguistics survey course, this class introduces teens to advanced language analysis. As students learn more about the various disciplines in linguistics (phonetics, morphology, syntax, etc.) related NACLO problems are introduced. Participation in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad is entirely optional, but practice problems provide excellent..Read More

Writing

Writing

Paragraph Town

Paragraph Town is an all-ages workshop to help students hone their writing skills at the sentence and paragraph levels. This is the only academic writing class available to younger students at Online G3. To learn more about our philosophy of writing instruction, please see this blog post by Coach Cordelia...Read More

Creative Writing

We encourage families to take their time with academic writing. Give students plenty of opportunities to gain fluency and have fun with writing! This can be done through informal writing on the moderated G3 social forums, creative classroom forum assignments, or creative writing classes. For more details, see the full..Read More

Essay Essentials

Essay Essentials introduces teens 12+ to academic essay writing. Before taking this class, students should be able to: Construct grammatically correct sentences Use punctuation correctly when writing Comfortably write a paragraph that focuses on a single idea Follow written directions consistently Read nonfiction carefully Accept criticism and advice on writing..Read More

Writing Supplements

Students can practice their essay writing skills by taking multiple writing supplements that coordinate with various literature courses. Good writing is a craft that takes time and practice to perfect!  Students should plan to develop their writing skills by taking the repeatable Writing Supplement in the semesters between standalone essay classes.

Writing With Sources

Writing With Sources is an intermediate essay class that assumes students are already proficient with common essay forms and are ready to think more critically about the sources they consult, quote, and cite. Before taking this class, students should be able to: Construct grammatically correct sentences Use punctuation correctly when..Read More

Advanced Writing Supplements

Students can practice their essay writing skills by taking multiple advanced writing supplements that coordinate with various literature and history courses. Good writing is a craft that takes time and practice to perfect!  Students should plan to develop their writing skills by taking the repeatable Writing Supplement in the semesters between..Read More

The Art of the Essay

The Art of the Essay is an advanced essay course for experienced writers who are ready for AP or college-level work. Before taking this class, students should possess the following: Interest in writing as a craft Comfort and fluency with grammar, punctuation and style conventions Mastery of standard paragraph and..Read More

History/Social Studies

History and Social Science

Horrible Histories (Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, Middle Ages)

These early middle school courses are aimed at students ages 8 and up and ready for work appropriate to grades 6 and 7. Both within and outside the webinars, these classes focus on the stories of these long-past peoples and empires, while also beginning to introduce critical thinking skills and primary source..Read More

A History Of Us

Built to further develop the critical thinking skills established in the Horrible Histories classes, this two-year middle school American history cycle (aimed at students ages 8 and up and ready for work appropriate to grades 7 and 8) tells the story of the Americas from the prehistoric arrival of the First Americans to..Read More

American Government

With a focus on primary source analysis, critical thinking, and interactive web tools, this semester-long course encourages students to explore the foundations of American Government to become informed and active citizens. Aimed at students ready for work appropriate to grades 8 through 12 and ages 10 and up, American Government includes regular writing..Read More

Big History

Big History is a year-long high school social studies course aimed at students ages 12 and up who are ready for work appropriate to grades 9 through 12*. It covers 13.7 billion years of shared history, examines the Universe from the Big Bang to modernity, and explores common themes and patterns..Read More

Current Events

The goal of this class is to build in each student an understanding of and passion for the goings-on in the world around them. To accomplish this goal, each week a student volunteers to research a topic of their choice (varying according to world events and students’ interests) and then present..Read More

History Through Movies

Many of the world’s moviemakers have been drawn to recreate pivotal events from our past through the lens of historical fiction, resulting in highly entertaining, and often award-winning, viewing.  These movies have, in some cases, had an impact far beyond entertainment, shaping perceptions of events long after the fact (and the..Read More

Advanced History Classes

Advanced History courses at Online G3 are high school level courses adapted from college-level materials intended for students age 12 and up who are ready for work appropriate to grades 11 and 12. With a focus on primary source analysis and critical thinking skills, and utilizing textbooks by W.W. Norton (versions..Read More

Science/Computer Science

Science and Computer Science

Introduction to Computational Thinking with Scratch

A basic literacy in foundational programming concepts (computational thinking and creative computing) will be a must-have for young people moving out into the world and into the workplace. This middle school course, using a design-based approach to computational thinking and creative computing with Scratch and appropriate for students age 8 and..Read More

Physics for 21st Century Citizens

Physics at Online G3 is a little bit different. Richard Muller, the author of our course books, describes physics as the “Liberal Arts of High Tech” and we agree! This semester-long high school course for students 12 and up (no previous science knowledge required!) is adapted from college level materials and..Read More

Science and Societies Through Science Fiction Movies

What’s really going on under the surface of science fiction films? Many popular films use innovative science concepts and visions of the future to deliver award-winning drama. In doing so, they may have a cultural impact far beyond their original goals, shaping thought on and fears about science for long after a movie’s..Read More

Advanced Computer Science Principles

Advanced Computer Science Principles is a high school level course introducing students to foundational concepts of computer science and programming while exploring how technology impacts the world. For upper high school students who are ready for college preparatory work (ages 12 and above), Advanced CS Principles uses a narrative arc..Read More

All Courses Chart

All Subjects Chart

See the recommended G3 course progression through all subjects at a glance. Grade levels noted are approximate challenge levels of courses. Students seeking acceleration in one or more subjects are encouraged to mix and match classes from multiple levels to meet their personal learning needs.

Middle  SchoolJunior High/Early HSHigh SchoolAdvanced HS/Early College
LiteratureLightning Literature 719th Century American LiteratureDystopian LiteratureAdvanced British Literature: History of the English Novel A
Lightning Literature 8Shakespeare’s Comedies and SonnetsModern Literature of Multicultural AmericaAdvanced British Literature: History of the English Novel B
Lord of the Rings Literature StudyShakespeare’s Tragedies and SonnetsMonsters and Madness: The Modern Gothic Novel
Chaucer’s Canterbury TalesTheater in America
Introduction to 19th Century British Literature A
Introduction to 19th Century British Literature B
GrammarGrammar Town/Caesar’s English IMagic Lens/Word Within the Word 1AMagic Lens/Word Within the Word 3AIntroduction to Linguistics
Grammar Voyage/Caesar’s English IIMagic Lens/Word Within the Word 1BMagic Lens/Word Within the Word 3B
History/Social ScienceHorrible Rome and EgyptHistory of US: Prehistory-1776Big History AAdvanced World History A
Horrible Middle AgesHistory of US: 1776-1860Big History BAdvanced World History B
History of US: 1855-1900Modern U.S. History through MoviesAdvanced U.S. History A
History of US: 1900-presentWorld History Through MoviesAdvanced U.S. History B
American GovernmentCurrent Events
Introduction to Psychology
Science/Computer ScienceIntroduction to Computational Thinking with ScratchScience and Societies in Science Fiction MoviesAdvanced Computer Science Principles A
Physics for 21st Century CitizensAdvanced Computer Science Principles B
WritingParagraph Town WorkshopEssay EssentialsThe Art of the Essay
Introduction to Fiction WritingWriting With Sources: Intermediate EssayAdvanced Writing Supplement
 At this level, G3 recommends that students improve their writing skills primarily through informal writing activities in classroom discussion forums. Writing Supplement
Fiction Writing for Teens
Poetry Writing
Student Newspaper
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