Your Course File Cabinet

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From the Student Desk, click on the name of a course in the “My Courses – In Progress” box. This link will open your Course File Cabinet. Below is an example of an Honors English 9 Class File Cabinet. Let’s see what you can learn.


At the top you will see the Lessons In Progress. This is where you will start everyday. These are the lessons that need revision. It is a good practice to have no more than 4 lessons in progress. You will move more quickly through your courses when you make revisions first, before beginning a new lesson. Note – the Teacher Message is not graded, and will remain in the Lesson In Progress throughout the time you are in the course. This is where you will write to your teacher if you have a question about the course.  This student has Lesson 4 – How to Answer Questions, in progress. We also see that she submitted her post on 11/22/17 at 8:54 am. Her teacher replied on 11/22/17 at 11:01 pm. (Our teacher work at all times of the day too!) In the Status box you can see that Brilliant needs to respond.

Now let’s take a look at her work. (For privacy reasons, we won’t show actual student work, but only the assignment questions and the teacher’s response.


1.  What is meant by the word “subjective” in the first section of this lesson? What context clues help you understand that meaning?

2. Read this poem by Emily Dickinson:

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, —
One clover, and a bee.
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

The word “prairie” has a definite meaning; it is a temperate grassland ecosystem. But what do you think a prairie represents to Dickinson in this poem?

3. Summarize the information in this lesson.

4. Briefly describe your favorite character in a book or movie you have read/watched recently. What makes this character special?

Post #1, Nov. 22, 2017 23:01 

1. Yes! Very nice! 

2. I love this! Yes! 

3. Keep going here. What does this look like when you are reading a text? What are you supposed to do? 

4. Book titles go in italics! This is wonderful! 

Almost done! I’m here if you have any questions! 


Notice that student’s post is in black font, and the teacher’s response is in blue font. This makes it easy to see what the teacher has said.

What else do we learn from the Class File Cabinet?

Progress Bar

You will also see the Progress Bar which indicates the percentage of the course completed. This feature has been very motivational to students. This student has been in the course for three months, and completed 16% of the course. Since starting the source on 8/21, this student has completed 5 lessons, and has 1 in progress.We are a self-paced school, and she is not necessarily behind; however, on average, a student will complete a 1 credit course in 3-5 months. Maybe she is taking her time to really understand a challenging course or maybe she has been slacking off and needs to kick it back in gear! If students are struggling in a course, they need to communicate with their teacher and ask questions to get help. Teachers really do want to hear from their students, so they can offer suggestions or additional resources to help students succeed.

Course Average

Although this student has completed just 5 lessons, they have an A average (to date) in the course. Great grade, Brilliant!

Plagiarism and Citation

This link gives details about Plagiarism and how to avoid it. Excellent examples of MLA formatted citations are provided. Students are expected to conduct research on many lessons, and they are expected to cite their sources using MLA format.

Full Course Lessons

Notice the credit value of the course. Remember, many of our courses have both a .5 credit and 1.0 credit option. This is where you can confirm the credit value you of your course. Click on this link to see the syllabus for the course. Below are the lessons for Honors English 9

Honors English 9

Teacher Message

Unit 1: Getting Started

Lesson 00: Introduction
Lesson 1: Grammar Review: Sentence Structure
Lesson 1.5: Grammar Review: Commas
Lesson 2: Plagiarism and Citation
Lesson 3: How To Do Research
Lesson 4: How to Answer Questions
Grammar Check: Lesson 5: Word Changes
Lesson 5.5: Total Reader: Reading Comprehension 1

Unit 2: How We Read Literature

Lesson 6: Focus on the Big Picture: Theme, Tone
Lesson 7: Focus on the Big Picture: Structure Pace
Lesson 8: Focus on the Big Picture: Point of View, Character Development
Lesson 9: Close Reading: Context Clues, Word Choice
Lesson 10: Close Reading: Figurative Language
Grammar Check: Lesson 11: Phrase and Clause Identifying

Unit 3: Why We Read Literature

Lesson 12: Perspectives in Essay
Lesson 13: Perspectives in Poetry
Lesson 14: Perspectives in Speech
Lesson 15: Perspectives in Novel
Lesson 16: Interview
Lesson 17: Literacy Narrative
Grammar Check: Lesson 18: Semicolons and Colons
Lesson 18.5: Total Reader: Reading Comprehension 2

Unit 4: Connecting Texts

Lesson 19: Icarus
Lesson 20: The Magi
Lesson 21: American Ideals
Grammar Check: Lesson 22: Parallel Structure

Unit 5: Reading and Writing Information

Lesson 23: Reading to Learn
Lesson 24: Writing to Inform
Lesson 25: Critical Listening
Lesson 26: Multimedia Persuasive Project
Lesson 27: Total Reader: Reading Comprehension 3

When you finish this course you are responsible for completing and submitting your
Credit Report Form (CRF).

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