• Language Arts 12

    Required selection of one of the following Options*:

    • AP Language & Comp
    • College Preparatory Composition and one (1) of these:
      • British Literature, Contemporary Literature, Shakespeare, Literacy Matters, Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    • Communication Skills and one (1) of these:
      • British Literature, Contemporary Literature, Shakespeare, Literacy Matters, Fundamentals of Oral Communication

    These language arts courses may be taken for either required or elective credit:

    • British Literature
    • Contemporary Literature
    • Fundamentals of Oral Communication
    • Literacy Matters
    • Shakespeare

    *If you completed British Literature, Contemporary Literature or Shakespeare as a Junior, you MUST select two other courses to take as a Senior.

    Language Arts - REQUIRED CHOICES

    Communication Skills - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: English 11, American Cultures, or AP Literature and Composition
    Students will learn to utilize reading, writing, speaking, and listening as methods of exploring and evaluating technological advances in trades and industry. Students will adapt communication for different audiences, evaluate industry-related literature and compose basic business writing. This course is a class that is required for many vocational technical programs at DMACC including, but not limited to, Automotive Technology and Integrated Manufacturing Technology. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course COM703 Communication Skills.

    College Preparatory Composition - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: English 11, American Cultures, or AP Literature and Composition
    Students will undergo writing experiences in this course designed to prepare them for college- level writing. Types of writing included will be narrative, technical, analytical, and persuasive. Students will also review writing fundamentals, enrich their vocabulary, and develop and polish their writing style.

    AP Language and Composition - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: Senior only, English 11, American Cultures, or AP Literature and Composition
    Students will construct and revise a series of writings: formal and informal, narrative, expository, argumentative, and persuasive. Students will practice effective reading and research techniques, and explore structure, style, and documentation. During the first semester of this course, students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course, ENG105 Composition I. During the second semester of this course, students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course, ENG106 Composition II. At the conclusion of this course students will be prepared and encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam as a summative assessment of their achievement.

    British Literature - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will use advanced skills in reading to interpret, analyze, and discuss British literature from its beginnings to potentially the twenty-first century. Students will read poetry, plays, short stories, and novels, representing the works of British authors. An emphasis will be placed on interpretation, historical and cultural context, and literary analysis.

    Contemporary Literature - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will use advanced skills in reading to interpret, analyze, and discuss British literature from its beginnings to potentially the twenty-first century. Students will read poetry, plays, short stories, and novels, representing the works of British authors. An emphasis will be placed on interpretation, historical and cultural context, and literary analysis.

    Fundamentals of Oral Communication - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: English 11, American Cultures, or AP Literature and Composition
    Students will explore the fundamentals of speech communication through the study and practice of interpersonal and small group communication and the composition and delivery of speeches in this college level course. Perception, language, listening, nonverbal communication, and how cultural and gender diversity affect the communication process are studied in depth. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication.

    Literacy Matters - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will develop self-knowledge of their reading interests and abilities and be able to comprehend texts that are of increasing complexity and challenge. Students will learn to utilize strategies by engaging in the critical reading of self-selected texts. Authentic purposes of reading will be developed through fiction, nonfiction, personal and job related text such as medical documents and employee forms. Literacy Matters is recommended for both college-bound and non-college bound students.

    Shakespeare - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: English 10 or IDEASS
    Students will use advanced reading, listening, and viewing skills to study the representative plays and poetry of William Shakespeare. An emphasis will be placed on themes, style, theatrical concerns, and historical backgrounds.

    Language Arts - ELECTIVES

    Acting I - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will develop proficiency in acting through body movement, speaking for performance, and believable characterization. Students will also study plays, presentations from selected plays, and stagecraft techniques though the emphasis of the course will be on acting.

    Creative Writing - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will be writing original poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as an introduction to the art of creative writing. Students will read the work of professional writers and apply the principles of imaginative writing to their own work. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course, ENGL221 Creative Writing.

    Introduction to Theatre - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Acting I
    Students will explore the elements and techniques of theatre with an emphasis on acting and directing in this college level, advanced theatre class. Attendance at dramatic productions is encouraged and participation in the fall or spring play, depending on the semester of enrollment, is mandatory. Other aspects of the class will include script analysis, acting technique, aspects of production design, and the responsibilities of a director. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course, DRA 101 Introduction to Theatre.

    Journalism - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will be introduced to techniques involved in writing a news story, a feature story, a sports story, an editorial, and headlines. They will also cover photography, journalism ethics, layout and design and editing. Journalism students may also contribute to the in-school paper, The Talon. This class provides students with basics necessary to produce a school newspaper.

    Publications - 1 credit (one semester)
    Prerequisite: Journalism
    Students will take the full responsibility for the writing, photography, layout, editing, and leadership of the production of the The Talon, the school’s newspaper. During the course of the semester, students will have the chance to pursue their interests in the field of communications through further readings, field trips, media meetings, and guest speakers. Students may begin this class either in the fall or spring semester, and this course may be repeated for credit. If course demand exceeds space available in the class, an application process may be required. This course may be repeated for credit.

    Yearbook - 2 credit (full year)
    Prerequisite: None
    Students will develop knowledge and skill in planning, designing, writing, and selling the school yearbook. The class will utilize many resource personnel from the yearbook publishing industry. The course will take the student from the yearbook as an idea to the yearbook as a complete and actual book. The major part of the class will deal with layout design and writing copy. The student will be required to devote some time outside of the classroom to work on the school annual. Those students who elect yearbook for the first semester must also register for the second semester. If course demand exceeds space available in the class, an application process may be required. This course may be repeated for credit.

    *Information regarding the course Video and Audio Broadcasting can be found on the Business/Technology page.