techniques. This course includes a background in theatre, including improvisation, movement, and pantomime; use of voice, diction, and oral interpretation.
THEATRE 2 Neutrally Weighted .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE
Theatre Production is an exploratory course designed for students interested in drama. Students explore, develop, and synthesize the elements of the theatre through practical, hands-on experiences in acting and stagecraft. Through techniques like costuming, set design, and lighting, students will learn various elements of dramatic production.
Prerequisite: Teatre 1 or permission of instructor
CREATIVE WORKSHOP 1 .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE Neutrally Weighted
Creative Workshop 1 provides student writers with opportunities to explore the foundations of good writing in both fiction and nonfiction. Students will develop their own unique style and take creative risks in a supportive workshop environment. Students and their teacher discuss, model, and practice various genres. The class will publish an anthology of student writing, and students are encouraged to find online publications venues.
CREATIVE WORKSHOP 2 .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE Neutrally Weighted
This self-directed course is for motivated student writers who frequently write on their own or are considering writing in their college/career plans. Students develop a contract with the teacher to individualize their writing goals. They can explore and research various genres of fiction and nonfiction, and investigate Internet-based writing forums, contests, and publications. Students will be encouraged to promote their own writing through blogging, publishing, and oral presentation.
Prerequisite: Creative Workshop 1 ENGLISH ELECTIVES (READING) CONTENT AREA LITERACY (9)
In this course, participants will learn the cognitive and reflective processes that successful, independent readers use to comprehend text. They will become more competent readers and will improve their skills with the more challenging content texts they encounter at the high school level.
1 CREDIT Students will be selected into this course based on need as determined by multiple data. ENGLISH ELECTIVES (VIDEO)
BROADCAST JOURNALISM & SOCIAL MEDIA PRODUCTION HONORS I (9, 10, 11, 12)
This course will develop the effective use of spoken and written communication for different media purposes and contexts. Students will demonstrate proficiency by creating multimedia products for our social media-centric culture. Students will produce a daily broadcast for school, and produce content for a school appropriate social media channel. Students will explore many topics such as: newsroom production, script writing, journalism ethics, news and social media judgment, interview, studio and remote shooting, production staging,
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directing, and editing. Students will be expected to work in front and/ or behind the camera for this class, and will also demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of modern media production tools.
VIDEO PRODUCTION 1 (9, 10, 11, 12) .5 CREDIT/SEMESTER COURSE
This course provides students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of video production using current industry standard equipment and software. Skills taught will include camera operation, audio recording, video editing, and digital age team collaboration and interpersonal skills. These skills are required and benefit students in high school and in all post-secondary settings. Students will create personal videos for a portfolio including -- but not limited to -- a personal narrative, storytelling, and a documentary.
VIDEO PRODUCTION 2 HONORS (10, 11, 12) 1 CREDIT Students become content creators in narrative genres and documentary
genres. Storytelling technique is emphasized in all projects as students continue to refine their use of equipment and editing techniques with increasing sophistication towards professionalization to match current industry practices. Emphasis is placed on collaboration to complete projects by leveraging the skills of the collective production team. Students will learn the different job roles of writer, producer, director, cinematographer, audio specialist, gaffer, and editor with successive projects, so that each student may start to articulate his/her individual film making voice.
Prerequisite: Video Production and permission of instructor. VIDEO PRODUCTION 3 HONORS (11, 12)
Individual expression is explored and encouraged in this year of study. Students will create a large-scale individual professional quality project or multiple smaller professional quality projects that are thematically or genre linked. Additionally, students are required to collaborate on at least two other student projects of similar rigor. The third year offers students the opportunity to create a professional portfolio of products that demonstrate independence and professionalism as content creators. The portfolio may address one or many content areas of video production. The portfolio may be used for: college applications, career applications, social activism, artistic expression, and/or entrepreneurial endeavors. While students work on larger scale individual projects they will learn organizational competence through project management techniques related to pre-production, production, post production, marketing, and stakeholder relations.
1 CREDIT Prerequisite: Video Production 2 and permission of instructor.
VIDEO OPTIONS* Neutrally Weighted
Individual expression is explored and encouraged in this course of study. This course is for the video student that is already signed up for a video class but would like to take additional video training in the same year. For that reason, the teacher and student will map out an individual area of focused study aimed at enriching the student further than they would be in any of the other video classes.
UP TO 1 CREDIT
*Tis course is based on availability and room within a student’s schedule and may only be selected after the school year begins.
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