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ENGLISH 9                     

Grades 9                                  1 Year – .5 Credit  Each Sem.

English/Language Arts I (9th Grade) courses build upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing and usually include the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Typically, these courses introduce and define various genres of literature, with writing exercises often linked to reading selections.

LANGUAGE ARTS 9                                                    

Grades 9                                 1 Year – .5 Credit Each Semester  

Prerequisite:  Admission determined by Iowa Assessment Score

Language Arts courses are intended to improve a student’s vocabulary, critical-thinking and analysis skills, or reading rate and comprehension level.  Although these courses typically emphasize works of fiction, they may also include works of nonfiction (including textbooks).  Strategic Reading courses often have a time-management focus, offering strategies for note-taking or for understanding and evaluating the important points of a text.

ENGLISH 10

Grades 10                                 1 Year – .5 Credit  Each Sem.

English/Language Arts II (10th Grade) courses usually offer a balanced focus on composition and literature.  Typically, students learn about the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical, and creative multi-paragraph essays and compositions.  Through the study of various genres of literature, students can improve their reading rate and comprehension and develop the skills to determine the author’s intent and theme and to recognize the techniques used by the author to deliver his or her message.

LANGUAGE ARTS 10                                                                          

Grade  10                                 1 Year-.5 Credit  Each Sem.

Prerequisite:  Admission determined by Iowa Assessment Score

Language Arts courses are intended to improve a student’s vocabulary, critical-thinking and analysis skills, or reading rate and comprehension level.  Although these courses typically emphasize works of fiction, they may also include works of nonfiction (including textbooks).  Strategic Reading courses often have a time-management focus, offering strategies for note-taking or for understanding and evaluating the important points of a text.

ENGLISH 11

Grades 11                      1 Year-.5 Credit Each Sem.

English/Literature (juniors and seniors) courses are designed for juniors and/or seniors and emphasize comprehension, discernment, and critical-thinking skills in the reading of texts and literature.  These courses introduce and explore more advanced literary techniques (irony, satire, humor, connotation, tone, rhythm, symbolism, and so on) through two or more literary genres, with the aim of creating sophisticated readers.  Writing assignments are required as an additional method to develop and improve critical-thinking and analytic skills.

LANGUAGE ARTS 11                                                                     

Grades 11                           1 Year – .5 Credit Each Sem.

Prerequisite:  Admission determined by Iowa Assessment Score

Literature courses offer the opportunity for students to reflect upon themes presented in various genres of literature.  Contemporary English 11 offers students the opportunities to learn specific reading strategies which will enhance comprehension of the reading material using Iowa Core ELA Standards and 21st Century Skills.  This course focuses on students’ speaking and listening skills through project – based instruction that reflects students’ understanding.  Students will not only read and discuss various forms of literature, but they will also have opportunities to enhance their writing skills through various academic writing assignments; such as argument, informative and reflective writing.  Instruction in vocabulary both academic and literature – based will also be emphasized.

DRAMA

Grades 10-11-12                                   1 Semester – .5 Credit

No Prerequisite

Acting/Performance courses are intended to promote students’ experience and skill development in one or more aspects of theatrical production, but they concentrate on acting and performance skills.  Initial courses are usually introductory in nature, while the more advanced courses focus on improving technique, expanding students’ exposure to different types of theatrical techniques and traditions, and increasing their chances of participating in public productions.

COMMUNICATIONS

Grades 10-11-12                       1 Semester – .5 Credit

Prerequisite: English 9

Communications courses focus on the application of written and oral communication skills through a variety of formal and informal experiences.  The courses are performance-based and emphasize effective interpersonal and team-building skills.  communications courses may include digital citizenship, storytelling, videotography and exploration of mass media.

CREATIVE WRITING

Grades 11-12                            1 Semester – .5 Credit

No Prerequisite

Creative Writing courses offer students the opportunity to develop and improve their technique and individual style in poetry, short story, drama, essays, and other forms of prose.  The emphasis of the courses is on writing; however, students may study exemplary representations and authors to obtain a fuller appreciation of the form and craft.  Although most creative writing classes cover several expressive forms, others concentrate exclusively on one particular form (such as poetry or play writing).

RESEARCH/TECHNICAL WRITING

Grades 11-12                                1 Semester – .5 Credit

No Prerequisite

This is a career-based technical writing course which emphasizes career and workplace writing.  The students will conduct research on careers and develop employability skills.  The writing will be connected with workplace writing such as resumes, cover letters, and application forms.  The class will conclude with a career based project done in a team setting.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Grades 11-12                                        1 Semester – .5 Credit/3 Credits with Clinton Community College

Prerequisite: COMPASS/ACT Placement Score

Introduction to the principles of public speaking with emphasis on performance and listening.  Experience in the basic process and principles of public speaking, audience analysis, selection and organization of speech material, style and delivery.  Practice in delivery and preparation of informative and persuasive extemporaneous speeches.

COMPOSITION I

Grades 12                                        1 Semester – .5 Credit/3 Credits with Clinton Community College

Prerequisite: COMPASS/ACT Placement Score

A writing and reading course designed to prepare the student for the types of written communication and thought essential to the academic and working world.  The general goals of Composition I are to have students gain more confidence in their writing abilities and improve their proficiency in critical reading, exposition and persuasion.

COMPOSITION II

Grades 12                                          1 Semester – .5 Credit/3 Credits with Clinton Community College

Prerequisite: COMPASS/ACT Placement Score & Composition I

An advanced writing and reading course dealing with logic in thought and communication.  Emphasis is on reasoning and argument, research skills and sophistication of style in writing.

INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE 

Grades 12           1 Semester – .5 Credit/3 Credits with Clinton Community College

Prerequisite: COMPASS/ACT Placement Score & Composition I

A literature appreciation course which offers an introduction to the major literary genres; the short story, poetry, drama and the novel.  Emphasis is on learning the basic elements of each genre and applying those elements of each genre and applying those elements as tools of literary interpretation through critical reading and writing.

INTRODUCTION TO FILM     

Grades 11 12                           1 Semester – .5 Credit/3 Credits with Clinton Community College

Prerequisite: COMPASS/ACT Placement Score

Designed to introduce the student to the history, evolution, philosophic, artistic and economic aspects of motion pictures and the film making industry.  Students will have the opportunity to examine the various genres of the movie industry – drama, film noir, western, fantasy, documentary, romantic comedy, horror, musicals, silent films, etc.  Utilizing film excerpts and entire movies as tools, students will hone skills in film analysis, beginning with recognition.