• Language Arts 10

    Language Arts - REQUIRED (Choose one)

    English 10 - 2 credits (full year)
    Prerequisite: English 9
    Students will integrate reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and listening with a focus on persuasion and constructing an argument. Students will engage in group communication activities and explore world literature. Each unit will include optional extended learning opportunities.

    English 10/World History (IDEASS) - 4 credits (full year - 2 English credits and 2 Social Studies credits)
    Prerequisite: English 9
    (Interdisciplinary English and Social Studies)
    This year-long course combines the features of both Western Civilizations and English 10 by incorporating both social studies and language arts frameworks within one two-period block class with an emphasis on the interrelation of the two curricular areas. When possible, one test or project will be completed to measure a student’s understanding of the materials presented in each unit. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive two social studies credits and two language arts credits.

    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.