• Language Arts 11

    Required

    English 11 - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: English 10 or IDEASS
    Students will integrate reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening with a focus on evaluation and analysis. Students will engage in platform speaking activities and explore American literature.

    American Cultures (Integrated English 11 and U.S. History) - 4 credits (full year - 2 English credits and 2 Social Studies credits)
    Prerequisite: English 10 or IDEASS
    (Interdisciplinary English and Social Studies)
    This junior level, year-long block class combines the features of two courses: United States History and English 11. Both Language Arts and Social Studies material will be covered with an emphasis on the relationship between the two. Students will be engaged in cross-curricular activities that are deeply rooted in technology, social learning and media. The class emphasizes critical thinking and technology to help students acquire real-world skills. The class connects students to local history through collaboration with area museums. Upon successful completion of the class, students will receive two social studies credits, both for U.S. History, and two for language arts, both for English 11.

    AP Literature and Composition - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: English 10 or IDEASS
    Students will utilize advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening with an emphasis on platform speaking activities and an understanding of the forms of imaginative literature: short story, drama, poetry, and novel. Attention is given to personal and social values as they appear in selected reading. Basic critical approaches are emphasized, and a broad range of authors from a variety of cultural and ethnic groups and a wide span of historical periods is presented. During this course students will enroll in the aligned 3 credit DMACC course LIT101 Intro to Literature. 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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