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2019-20High School Course Selection Guide


take British Literature first semester (except for students enrolled in AP English or English Career & College Prep/Language), AND one of the four semester course options second semester. Both courses must be passed for graduation.


FIRST SEMESTER – BRITISH LITERATURE LEVELS


ENGLISH 12 BRITISH LITERATURE CAREER & COLLEGE PREP/ HONORS


English 12 British Literature Career & College Prep and Honors both relate reading and writing to the language and themes represented by the core literature. Students read British and world literature from the English language’s origins to the present. Students produce frequent writing assignments and explore language study. Selections for the core and supplementary texts provide a basis for compositions, discussions, and research. The Honors level expands upon the core curriculum with supplemental readings and assignments.


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


SECOND SEMESTER – ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FIVE OPTIONS One of the following five courses must be taken by seniors during the


second semester to satisfy their full-year English requirement. Te courses are not leveled and availability will depend upon the Master Schedule.


AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


This course seeks to understand the Black experience through texts written by African American authors. Students will encounter a variety of literary genres, including novels, short stories, poems, and plays. Readings cover a wide band of history, from slave narratives to the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights movement, and the 21st Century Black experience. Issues of race, equity, and culture will be foregrounded as we investigate the historical struggle of African Americans.


CONFLICT LITERATURE .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


Fictional and non-fictional literature reflecting times of conflict and crisis are the focal point of reading.


CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


This course includes literature and material from 1980 to the present. HUMAN ENDEAVORS


Students investigate the challenges and accomplishments of those who have attempted excellence. Different genres of literature, including novels and non-fiction, help to chronicle the perseverance of the human spirit.


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE HUMANITIES


Literature, history, entertainment, film, arts, fashion, and trends come together in a study of the decades and eras in literature. Writing analyzes the literature and cultural media as conjunctive components.


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


ADVANCED PLACEMENT 12:LITERATURE & COMPOSITION 1 CREDIT


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course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature. Through the reading of literary texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. An integral part of the course is writing interpretations of literary texts based on careful observations of textual details such as structure, style, theme, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.


ENGLISH ELECTIVES


Te following courses may be used for arts/humanities or elective credits for graduation.


FILM STUDIES Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


Students in this class will analyze films of various eras and styles, considering the literary and cinematic techniques and perspectives which contribute to create meaning. This course will supplement and expand on skills practiced in other courses, including Language Arts and Video Production. Coursework will focus on critically viewing films, reading relevant texts, and writing both creatively and analytically. Class discussions will provide a forum for students to reflect on, theorize about, and evaluate films.


PUBLICATIONS Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


Designed for students interested in fields such as social media, journalism, magazine design, and communications, students will explore “traditional” media (magazines and newspapers), as well as “emerging” media (websites, blogs, and popular social media). Publications will cover the techniques of design, graphics, and current trends in publishing, as well as identifying and communicating with an audience. This course will prepare students to compete in a global, digital publications market.


PUBLIC SPEAKING 1 Neutrally Weighted


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


Public speaking is a skill needed for success in communication, both in formal and informal situations. Students will examine techniques for writing and presenting persuasive, informative, interpretive, and entertaining speeches in addition to refining voice, poise, pronunciation, and gestures. Extemporaneous speeches, as well as speeches requiring research and preparation, are included. By developing self-confidence in front of a crowd, students will prepare themselves for various social and career opportunities.


PUBLIC SPEAKING 2 Neutrally Weighted


Building upon the foundational speaking skills learned in Public Speaking, this course is for the student who desires to develop confidence and leadership skills. Students will seek opportunities to individualize their speeches and to speak outside of the classroom according to their interests and strengths.


.5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


Prerequisite: Public Speaking 1 THEATRE 1


This course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to the introductory year of college literature work. The


Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE


An introductory course designed for students with an interest in drama, students are given opportunities to study and practice acting


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