Language Arts

  • AP Language and Composition (APLAC)

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets This Graduation Requirement:  LA 5/6

    Course Description: AP Language and Composition will teach you the art of rhetoric and how to become a better thinker, reader, and writer. This is a rigorous course; we spend much time reading and writing and preparing for the AP exam. It is possible to succeed without any honors experience, but that experience will help you do well in APLAC.  This is the next step on the honors path. All students who wish to be challenged academically should enter APLAC.

     

    AP English Literature and Composition

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets This Graduation Requirement:  4th Year of LA

    Course Description:  AP English Literature and Composition is a senior-year elective with college-level expectations in reading material and work. Along the way, we read some of humanity’s greatest works, exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly of human potential. If you enjoy reading, discussing, thinking, writing, rewriting, and a good deal of laughter, then please join us for a challenging, lively course. We certainly prepare for the AP exam, but I hope you enroll to explore literature, to discuss, and to deepen your analysis and writing. In short, you build your reading and analytical skills so that the transition to college is gentler. Earlier honors LA experience and APLAC certainly prepare you, but students are welcome to join AP Lit as a first college-level experience, too. We will, by the way, focus on writing college application essays in the fall as part of class. I look forward to seeing you in September.

     

    DEBATE

    Length: Semester (.5 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Elective

    Course Description: The principles of debate and the problem solving group discussion is the area of concentration in this course.  The student will be involved in the research for and the preparation and delivery of debate classes on current problems.  Preparation for and delivery in the individual forensic activities will be stressed.  The student may elect to participate in league activities.  This course does not fulfill a Language Arts credit requirement for graduation.  

     

    HUMANITIES

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets This Graduation Requirement:  4th Year of LA

    Course Description: Humanities is a Language Arts class offered to seniors. Humanities is primarily aimed at students who are college bound and provides excellent college prep.  The class is a survey of western culture.  There is a heavy emphasis on the relationship between art, fiction, and non-fiction.  We study history, literature, philosophy, science and almost anything that made a given era important.  The class is fast paced.  As a college prep course, there is consistent writing. 

     

    JOURNALISTIC WRITING 1/2

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets This Graduation Requirement: Elective

    Course Description: These semester courses cover the fundamentals of journalistic ethics, journalistic law, responsible journalism, news writing, copy editing, proofreading, make-up, caption writing, headline writing, features, editorials, columns, newspaper terminology, page layout planning and the background of the newspaper industry.  Students will be responsible for production of the school paper including writing articles and editorials, designing layout, photojournalism, selling and advertising, and paper printing and circulation.

     

    LANGUAGE ARTS 3/4 Honors

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets This Graduation Requirement:  LA 3/4

    Course Description: This year-long honors class has rigorous expectations of students and an accelerated pace. Designed to prepare you for higher-level classes, sophomore honors focuses on in-depth reading of both fiction and non-fiction, discussion, writing, and rewriting. Students must be highly motivated and capable of meeting course requirements. While ninth grade honors LA helps, it is by no means a prerequisite. I hope to see you in the fall.

     

    LANGUAGE ARTS 7/8

    Length: Yearlong (1.0 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets This Graduation Requirement:  4th Year of LA

    Course Description:  LA 7/8 is the required senior year course in which we focus on research skills, reading multiple perspectives on the same topic(s), and developing a 13th year plan. In addition to writing a personal college essay, students will write informational and argumentative essays integrating details from class readings and their own research.

     

    SPEECH

    Length: Semester (.5 credit)

    District Prerequisite: None

    Meets This Graduation Requirement:  Elective

    Course Description:  The course is designed for students with a wide range of abilities.  The course also stresses improvement of the student’s speaking and listening abilities.  Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the basic communication process including the speaker, the message, and the audience as well as those distractions, which interfere with that process.  Practice will involve formal, informal and group presentations.  This course does not fulfill a Language Arts credit requirement for graduation.

Last Modified on December 26, 2017