English

NINTH GRADE LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: None

This course introduces the student to a variety of genre including a Shakespearean play, novels, short stories, and poetry. Composition and research are integrated throughout this course. The student continues to develop sentence structure and grammatical skills.


NINTH GRADE LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION HONORS
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Honors Program criteria

This course is for the advanced student who will study additional selections and cover all materials in greater depth. It offers a selection of genre, including a Shakespearean play, novels, short stories, and poetry. Composition and research are integrated throughout this course. The student continues to develop sentence structure and grammatical skills.


TENTH GRADE COMPOSITION AND WORLD LITERATURE
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

This course continues the student's exploration of a variety of genre including writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. The course emphasis is on intensive academic writing.


TENTH GRADE
COMPOSITION AND WORLD LITERATURE HONORS

Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Ninth Grade Literature/Honors Program criteria

This course is for the advanced student who will study additional selections, covering all materials in depth. The course continues the student's exploration of a variety of genre including writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. The course emphasis is on intensive academic writing.


AMERICAN LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: Tenth Grade Composition

This course is designed to introduce the student to American writers of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. Literature is viewed from historical, political and social perspectives. Composition and research are integral parts of this course.


AMERICAN LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION HONORS
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisites: Tenth Grade Composition/Honors Program criteria

This course is for the advanced student who will study additional selections, covering all materials in greater depth. It is designed to introduce the student to American writers of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. Literature is viewed from historical, political, and social perspectives. Composition and research are integral parts of this course.


BRITISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: American Literature and Composition

This course is designed to introduce the student to British writers of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. Literature is viewed from historical, political, and social perspectives. Composition and research are integral parts of this course. Formal research is required.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Credit: 1 Unit
Prerequisite: American Literature recommended

This course is limited to seniors who may gain college credit through advanced placement. Intensive work in composition and literary analysis is strongly emphasized. Formal research is required.


TWELFTH GRADE COMPOSITION
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: American Literature and Composition

This course is for the senior to improve communication and composition skills. Intensive research and writing are the foundations of this class.


THE NOVEL
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

This course is designed for the student who enjoys reading. Students will read, analyze, and discuss a variety of different novels. Improvement of writing skills will be emphasized.


CREATIVE WRITING
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

In this course students write short stories, plays and poems. Students write frequently and are assessed on personal growth in their work.


SHAKESPEARE I
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

This course is designed to study Shakespeare and his works. The plays will be discussed and analyzed and Elizabethan background will be researched.


ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: None

In this course students learn the elements of communication. Interpersonal communication will be studied, and formal speech presentations will be required.


ADVANCED ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
Credit: 1/2 Unit
Prerequisite: Oral Communications

This course is an advanced study of the art of communication and concentrates particularly on mass communication and persuasion. Formal presentations are required.


INTRODUCTION TO DEBATE
Credit: 1/2 Unit of Communication Arts
Prerequisite: None

In this course, students discuss contemporary problems and debate important issues of the day. Other areas included are research techniques, organizational skills, and the fundamentals of oral presentation. Students are required to do written casework, in-class evaluations and formal oral presentations of both policy and value debates.


COMPETITIVE SPEAKING
Credit: 1/2-1 Unit (Communication Arts credit first time elective credit for each additional semester)
Prerequisite: Teacher approval

This class is offered for students who are interested in attending tournaments. This course includes oral interpretations (prose, poetry, drama), acting (duet, improvisational), public speaking (extemporaneous, oratory, radio) and debate. Assessment is based on written work, in-class performance and tournament attendance.


ORAL INTERPRETATION
Credit: 1/2 Unit of Communication Arts
Prerequisite: None

In this course the student will learn the art of bringing literature to life for an audience. The student will use the tools of body and voice to share a variety of genre, including poetry, prose, and drama. Performance and critical analysis of literature are key elements of the course.


JOURNALISM I
Credit: 1/2 Unit of Communications Arts
Prerequisite: None 

This course includes the journalistic techniques used in the print media today. The students read and evaluate newspaper articles, learn the basics of magazine and newspaper layout, and examine the business angle of journalism. The skills used in interviewing and news gathering will lead to the writing and editing of news articles. This course is recommended before taking newspaper writing and production, or publications.


NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION
Credit: 1 Unit of Communications Arts, Practical Art or elective credit
Prerequisite: Teacher approval

The goal of this class is to publish a minimum of five newspapers. The fundamentals of news editorial, sports and feature writing combined with layout production, graphic, and photo techniques are included in the course. Students keep the school community informed through the publication of the school newspaper.


YEARBOOK PUBLICATION
Credit: 1 Unit of Communication Arts, Practical Arts or elective credit
Prerequisite: Teacher approval

The goal of this class is to publish the school yearbook. Students are involved in all phases of yearbook production from sales to final distribution; journalistic principles involving copy writing and page designs are taught and applied in the development of the book.


PHOTOJOURNALISM
Credit: 1 Unit of Communications Arts, Practical Arts or elective credit
Prerequisite: Teacher approval

Students will be trained in the skills necessary to produce photographs for both the school newspaper and yearbook. Included in the course of study will be camera use, flash photography, film processing, and history of media integration of photos into a publication. Class will require considerable work outside class time. Student evaluation will be heavily weighed toward the individual's portfolio, responsibility for darkroom management, and fieldwork

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