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  • ELECTIVE COURSES-ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

    These courses are offered in addition to the four years of required English courses.

     

    2320 Creative Writing (Fulfills the Visual, Performing, or Practical Arts Requirements)

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    Students will read and listen to various literary selections, analyze them and then write creatively themselves. The student writers also will experiment with diverse writing techniques. By the end of the course, each student will have produced a portfolio of original, revised written work, which may include short stories, children’s literature, scripts, poetry, biographies, journals, letters, personal opinion essays, articles, advertisements, greeting cards, technical writing and business writing. Students will have frequent opportunities to share their work with their peers.


     

    2330 Creative Writing 2 (Fulfills the Visual, Performing, or Practical Arts Requirements)

    Grade: 10-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): Creative Writing

     

    Creative Writing 2 continues and expands the principles and approaches begun in Creative Writing I. Each student will create his or her own curriculum. He or she will choose to create a novel, a stage play, a screenplay, a collection of poetry, an epic poem, a collection of short stories, or any other creative writing effort. Students will meet individually with the teacher weekly to establish curriculum and goals. Timeliness of submission, creative efforts, and a willingness to revise are the foundations of the course. The Final Assessment will consist of a personal website for the publication of original works, influential works, videos of readings, and such.


     

    2340 English Composition

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    Grammar and Composition, a college-prep level elective open to all students, presents a thorough critical analysis of the English language: structure, usage, and expression. This course introduces students to the constructions of the English sentence, paragraph, and essay, and the practical application of those constructions in writing. The course will provide valuable preparation for the writing sample and the writing skills sections of the SATs. The course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of successful expository writing in high school, college, and career.


     

    2350 Film (Fulfills the Visual, Performing, or Practical Arts Requirements)

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    Film is designed to help students develop an awareness of the methods used by filmmakers to elicit a desired response from the viewer. The course involves the study of a variety of genre (or categories), such as “stage to screen,” “comedy,” “biography,” “western,” “animation,” etc. The study of various shots, angles, and filmmaking terminology will be used throughout the course and in completing various assignments in the course.


     

    The following courses are offered on a yearly rotation:

     

    2370 Journalism (Will be offered in SY 2017-18)

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This elective will examine journalism in its various aspects: genres, ethics, interviewing, writing, editing, designing and producing. It will focus on print media, such as newspapers, magazines and yearbooks, as well as studying broadcast media (television, radio and the web). It will combine study with actual practice.


     

    2380 Mythology

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    Although this course will touch on myths of many cultures, it will focus primarily on Greco-Roman, Norse and British mythology. Modern works, such as Star Wars, that employ mythic archetypes will be analyzed. Areas of discussion will include common motives and themes, such as the nature of the hero, the quest, the origin of evil and death and the role of fate. Because this course is not primarily a lecture course, students will work cooperatively on a wide range of activities, which may include viewing films, completing worksheets, making video and audio tapes, and drawing cartoons.


     

    2360 Introduction to Acting (Fulfills the Visual, Performing, or Practical Arts Requirements)

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This is a performance-oriented elective course. Students will be expected to perform physical exercises and activities geared toward their development as actors and interpreters of drama. Students will be exposed to the art of acting, along with improvisation, pantomime, and voice direction. Class projects will include monologues and scene work. Each student will be required to read at least one play, as well as the parts of several others, complete a project, and participate in all classroom projects and activities.

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