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Communication Applications 8th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
Communication Applications is designed to teach the skills and strategies needed to become an effective communicator in a variety of “real life” situations. Students will build self-confidence while speaking in both formal and informal settings. Students are expected to identify, analyze, develop, and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, interviews, group interactions, and professional or personal presentations. Assignments will focus on verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, and critical thinking. At the end of the semester, students will be able to communicate effectively and appropriately, which will allow them greater ease in expressing their thoughts and feelings. 

English I - 9th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
High school freshmen will be led to develop analytical reading, academic writing, critical thinking and presentation skills. Course content includes myth, short story, poetry, drama, and novels. Analytic reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language. Writing instruction will extend development in various modes writing including narrative, expository and argumentative. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. Outside and summer reading are required.

English I Pre-AP® - 9th Grade 
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria.
Students will follow the scope and sequence for the Academic 9th grade course with the addition of particular and specific attention to Pre-AP® standards and rigor set forth by the College Board in preparation for the rigor of Advanced Placement classes in high school. Outside and summer reading are required.

English II - 10th Grade: World Literature
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
High school sophomores will learn specific writing skills and demonstrate their academic writing competence in various course assessments and projects. Course content includes short stories, poetry, drama and novels as well as a number of non-fiction essays and writings. Analytical reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language. Writing instruction will extend development in various modes of writing. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. Outside and summer reading are required.

English II Pre-AP® - 10th Grade: World Literature
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria.
Students will follow the scope and sequence for the Academic 10th grade course with the addition of particular and specific attention to Pre-AP® standards and rigor set forth by the College Board in preparation for the rigor of Advanced Placement classes in high school. Outside and summer reading are required.

English III - 11th Grade: American Literature and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
High school juniors will encounter the American literary heritage from its beginning to the present. They will become familiar with the traditions from different periods in literature while reading essays, poetry, short fiction and various historical speeches and essays. Analytical reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language. Writing instruction will extend development in various modes of writing. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. Outside and summer reading are required.
The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board.

English III Honors - 11th Grade: American Literature and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria.
Students will follow the scope and sequence for the Academic 11th grade course with the addition of specific focus on SAT vocabulary, more and varied writing assignments, and more independent study. Outside and summer reading are required.

English III AP® - 11th Grade: Language and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria.
The rigor of this college level course requires students to write in a variety of modes and for various audiences. Course content emphasizes analysis of rhetorical techniques and their application to a variety of writing situations. Students will also develop skills in collaboration and communication. Outside and summer reading are required.
     The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board. 

English IV - 12th Grade: British Literature and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This course prepares students for the reading, thinking, writing, and research tasks encountered in college course-work. Students will read, analyze and synthesize complex literary works and non-fiction prose to formulate their own academic arguments. Analytical reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language. Writing instruction will extend development in various modes of writing. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. SAT vocabulary continues to be a focus. Outside and summer reading are required.

English IV Honors - 12th Grade: British Literature and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria.
Students will follow the scope and sequence for the Academic 12th grade course with the addition of a more specific focus on SAT vocabulary, more and varied writing assignments, and more independent study. Outside and summer reading are required.

English IV AP® - 12th Grade: Literature and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria.
In this college level course, students explore literary works from different periods. Careful attention is given to close reading of literary texts and to their historical context. Students are expected to read complex texts with understanding and to write complex prose that communicates effectively with mature readers. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. Summer and extensive outside reading are required. The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board.

Creative and Imaginative Writing: 9th - 12th Grade
.5 or 1 Credit ~ 1 or 2 Semesters
This interesting and diverse study of creative and imaginative writing allows high school students to develop increased skill, creativity, and versatility as writers. In the class, students will be provided the time to write independently and to share and critique their writings with others. In their efforts to perfect selected pieces of work, students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the reflective nature of the writing process, applying the conventions of usage and the mechanics of written English. Throughout the year, students will study and create from a variety of genres such as essays, short stories, poetry, and drama to stretch and improve their writing abilities. As a means of extending their knowledge of effective and creative techniques and forms of writing, students will be afforded the opportunity to create and publish the school’s literary magazine using pieces of their own written work, art and photography.

Introduction to Shakespeare: 9th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
This course provides students with the opportunity to study Shakespeare’s plays. Students will study a variety of Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, and histories through text and film. Additionally, the history of theater will be studied and students will be required to perform Shakespearean scenes. There will be an emphasis on close reading, discussion, and universal themes. They will formally and informally present their knowledge and ideas through various writings, projects, and performances.

Film as Literature: 9th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
Film as Literature is a course designed to allow students to experience different types of films as works of literature. Drama, comedy, science fiction/fantasy, short films, documentaries and other films worthy of study will be included within the coursework. Students will be expected to write persuasive, analytical and compare/contrast essays. Class time will include film viewing, class discussions, lectures, reading, response writing, and group projects.

Journalism I: 9th - 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to engage in an in-depth, hands-on experience in journalism and the news writing process. Students will learn various article formats and work towards developing their own voice using various writing styles.  Students will be responsible for the planning, design, and publication of the online school newspaper. This production process will involve news, sports, and feature writing, page and graphic design, photography, and business management.

Journalism I: 10th - 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Journalism I 
This course will build on and expand the knowledge and techniques learned in Journalism I. Students will serve as mentors for Journalism I students, modelling interviewing and editing techniques, coaching them in writing, and provide guidance as needed. Journalism II students will serve as editors for the school online newspaper, focusing on advanced layout techniques, photojournalism, and broadcast journalism.

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