Communication Arts Course Descriptions

Language Arts

Unit: 1
Grade: 9
Prerequisite(s): Successful Completion of 8th Grade English

This course is the required, first-year course in language, literature, public speaking, and reading. The purpose of Language Arts 1 is to provide students with a solid foundation in speaking and writing Standard English as well as reading and evaluation basic forms of literature. Students should also master basic skills necessary to gather information and to solve problems that maybe encountered in the workforce and independent living circumstances.

Language Arts II
Unit: 1
Grade:10
Prerequisites(s): Language Arts

Language Arts II will introduce the student to various genres (types) of literature including poetry, short story, drama (plays), and the novel. The literature will reflect a variety of authors and cultures. The tenth grade language arts curriculum focuses on students writing for a variety of topics using diverse sources. Writing instruction emphasizes vocabulary, accepted patterns of organization, development, supporting ideas, and acceptable usage and mechanics. This course stresses writing as a process that involves pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing strategies, and techniques. The course is taught in stages so that the student can experience the development of ideas from the basic sentence to the complex essay. The third quarter begins with a grammar review (parts of speech, parts of a sentence, phrases, clauses) and ends with the development of a variety of paragraphs. The fourth quarter focuses it the composition of a variety of essays, including those types of essays most commonly required in professional communication.

Language Arts III
Unit: 1
Grade: 11
Prerequisite(s): Language Arts II

Language Arts III is an integrated language arts course, which stresses the relationships among grammatical rules, compositional strategies, and the writing process. These relationships are defined as are identified in the context of studying the diversity and continuity of American Literature, a study that teaches the student not only to analyze literature but so that the student an experience the development of American ideas and voices from the exploration era to the information era. Also, students will gain a wide range if experience with literary genres: non-fiction literature, myths, legends, oratory, autobiography, short stories, poetry, drama, and the novel.

Composition
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 12
Prerequisite(s): Successful Completion of American Literature and The Novel

Composition is a rigorous course designed to challenge the college bound high school seniors. Students will learn writing as a process, which involves pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing stategies and techniques. Students will be required to write five short papers and five full-length essays, including those types of essays most commonly required in college courses. Students will be responsible not only for developing their own essays, but also for editing and evaluating other students compositions.

College Preparatory English
Grade: 12
Units: 1/2
Prerequisite(s): Successful Completion of Composition

College Preparatory English is a challenging class designed to prepare college bound high school seniors for professional communication tasks. Students will be required to write six short papers and two research papers. In College Preparatory English students focus on the analysis and creation of professional communications, including summaries, abstracts, critiques, proposals, research papers, and resumes. Students will be responsible not only for producing their own professional communications, but also for editing and revising other student’s work.

Speech
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Speech will introduce the student to the various aspects of standing before and communication with a live audience. The main focus will include methods for writing speeches, the main purpose for giving a speech, and of course tactics for for effective speech delivery.

English (British) Literature
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Sophomore Grammar and Appreciation of Literature

British Literature is an integrated language course, which stresses the relationships among grammatical rules compositional strategies, and the writing process. These relationships are identified in the context of studying he diversity and artistry of British Literature, a study which teaches the student not only to analyze literature, but also to read critically and evaluate objectively. The course is taught chronologically, so that the students can experience the development of British ideas and voices from the Anglo-Saxon era to the information era. Also, students will gain a wide range of experience with literary genres: epics, metaphysical, and lyric poetry, mock epics, pastorals, allegories, journals, diaries, short stories, and personal essays.

Creative Writing
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Sophomore Grammar and Appreciation of Literature

In Creative Writing, the student will learn how to “craft” fictional works, a process that involves pre-writing, drafting, work shopping, and revising. As work shopping is an essential part of the crafting process, the student will be responsible for not only creating his/her own works, but also for editing and evaluating other students manuscripts. Thus, students participate in the process both as authors and as editors.

Theater Arts
Units: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Theater Arts will introduce the student to various skills including how to effectively act out or interpret various skills including how to effectively act out or interpret various dramatic episodes and how to create introductions for these scenes. Furthermore, this class will include lessons on different theatrical periods in history, stagecraft, the development of an original character, and the reading of plays and/or related books.

Mythology
Units: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Mythology will introduce the student to various tales, legends, and beliefs by examining the mythologies of different cultures and time periods. The course will offer insights into specific groups/peoples including the Greeks and Romans, the Celtics, and the Norse. Literature and notes will serve as the basis for many of the lessons.

Publications
Unit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite(s): A/B in all Language Arts course, Keyboarding, and teacher recommendation.

Publications is a course in which students produce the school’s yearbook. The course includes selling ads, photography, composition, and layout production using the yearbook desktop publishing software. Teamwork, attitude, goal setting, and motivation are stressed, because students are responsible for producing the yearbook from beginning to end. Admittance to the class is by and application process through the teacher.