Course content subject to change based on the need to prepare students for theOhioGraduation Test.
The English Department curriculum atBrunswickHigh Schoolprovides students with opportunities to develop and strengthen their communication skills and seeks to foster in them a life-long appreciation and enjoyment of literature and all the language arts.
Required courses in Language Arts and Speech must total four and 1/2 units of credit for graduation for all students who remain at the home school during their junior and senior years.Students in vocational programs sponsored by theVocationalCentermust complete 4 credits in Language Arts.
OneEnriched/AP Classis available at each grade level for students with career goals or a particular interest in language arts. Interested students must do the following:
· Successfully go through the application process.
· Not all applicants will be admitted to these highly selective honors courses
· Submit a completed written application
· Participate in a timed writing
· Agree to participate in the Summer Reading Program
· Agree to participate in the Enriched Writing Program
The scheduling of electives will depend partly on student enrollment and available staffing. Information about pre-requisites and grade average requirements is given in each course description.
*Research paper required in college and enriched classes.
*Enriched students will also be expected to do more reading, demanding writing, and critical thinking. These students will also begin to research literary criticism for several literary selections.
REQUIRED LANGUAGE ARTS COURSEWORK
110 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 9 GENERAL(1 CR.)L-2
111 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 9 COLLEGE(1 CR.) L-2
112 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 9 ENRICHED(1 CR.)L-3
In preparing students for the 10thgrade Ohio Graduation Test, this course will expect students to approach literature through personal and analytical viewpoints. Students will become independent and active readers of fictional and non-fictional literature. This course will provide opportunities for academic writing, emphasizing organization and sentence structure (thesis, topic sentence, transitions, and effective introductions and conclusions).
Varied communication activities, listening and viewing experiences, and media literacy skill discovery and practice will also be provided.
120 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 10 GENERAL(1 CR.)L-2
121 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 10 COLLEGE(1 CR.) L-2
122 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 10 ENRICHED(1 CR.)L-3
Tenth grade Language Arts will provide students with the skills and practice required to achieve success on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). Writing instruction will find students creating purposeful written pieces that show their proficiency in such areas as word choice, sentence structure, grammar, mechanics, spelling, and thesis statement creation. Demonstrating purposeful organizational structure, producing multi-paragraphed samples of various types (descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive), and editing will also be emphasized. Students will develop listening skills reading fiction and non-fiction selections from a variety of authors, will learn to identify literary devices (such as similes, metaphors, personification, and hyperbole), predict outcomes, use context clues, recognize bias and the differences between fact and opinion. Following multi-step directions, analyzing, summarizing, viewing, and comprehending samples from various reading selections will also be part of course instruction. Knowledge of literary elements (such as setting, character, plot, and theme), research techniques and practice, media literacy, and analyzing the heritage, traditions, attitudes, and beliefs of various authors will also be included in class work.
125 SPEECH COMMUNICATION (REQUIRED)( 1/2 CR.) L-2 11,12
Recommended for 11thand 12th
This one semester course provides the student with the opportunity to improve speaking and listening skills. Individualized guidance is given as the student participates in various assignments. Students study group discussion techniques, informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speaking, voice improvement, critical listening, that will promote self-confidence, poise, and interpersonal skills. Students will be able to deliver coherent arguments and information and use evaluations for self-improvement. Emphasis on research and media literacy will be emphasized.
130 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 11 GENERAL(1 CR.)L-2
131 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 11 COLLEGE(1 CR.) L-2
132 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 11 ENRICHED(1 CR.)L-3
Eleventh grade Language Arts students will be exposed to age appropriate materials that will provide the base from which to enhance their reading and writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills. Showing evidence of maturity in writing, students will produce writing of various lengths that demonstrate their knowledge of previously learned skills when creating manuscripts that communicate information and opinions, respond to various audiences, genres, and purposes and demonstrate competence in the use of mechanics as well as revision and editing processes. Applying the research process and media literacy skills to long term projects will provide the student with opportunities to prepare portfolios, critical analyses, and research papers. Drawing on the broad base of material, both fiction and non-fiction as found in American Literature, students will identify literary devices, cultural and historical significance of selected readings, and word origins and vocabulary relevant to representative readings. This course will also provide the adapted instruction required of students still working to attain proficiency on the Ohio Graduation Test.
140 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 12 GENERAL(1 CR.)L-2
141 INTEGRATED LANGUAGE ARTS 12 COLLEGE(l CR.)L-2
142 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION(1 CR.)L-4
Mastery and maturity when doing class assignments is the goal of 12thgrade Language Arts. Applying learned writing and reading skills, students will demonstrate the ability to apply this information to more complex assignments such as multi-source research papers, literary analyses, and enlightened interpretations. Reading selections (fiction and non-fiction) from classic and modern world authors will provide students in the 12thgrade with the opportunity to analyze the structure, language, and content of complex literature from various countries. Student writing will show evidence of advancing judgments supported by sound reference material; creating materials that show mastery of the research process; and demonstrating an understanding of the importance of using media literacy skills in producing functional documents such as portfolios and resumes. This course will also provide the adapted instruction required of students still working to attain proficiency on the Ohio Graduation Test.ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH
Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature is designed as a college survey course offered at the high school level. Students in this course will become skilled readers of prose and poetry, written in a variety of periods and rhetorical contexts. Students will engage in critical analysis of literature to deepen their understanding of ways writers use language for meaning and pleasure. Students will become skilled writers incorporating their awareness of purpose, audience, and tone into their own effective writing. The students in reading and writing will consider structure, style and themes, as well as elements of figurative language, imagery, and symbolism. Students will also use media literacy skills to evaluate and analyze texts to be used for a variety of purposes. During the second semester, students will be exposed to material and practice that helps prepare them for the Advanced Placement English test in May. Additionally, students will actively participate in editing and producing the student literary magazine,THE MUSE.*Students applying for LANGUAGE ARTS AP 12 will be required to go through an application process prior to admission to the course. There is a supplemental reading list of books required with appropriate evaluation during the class. Research papers and other demanding writings are required.
The Advanced Placement student exhibits the following characteristics in relation to his/her commitment to this course:
High level of self motivation ,Self-reliant,Capable of working independently, Meets all deadlines,Readily accepts academic challenges, Disciplined,Intellectually curious, Good attendance,Exhibits good time management Trustworthy
The primary purposes of AP English are to improve students understanding of language and literature and to improve their ability to use language effectively through extensive writing and literary analysis
· Novel and Exposition (writing about literature)
· Non-Fiction, Persuasion/style(along with read/discuss novels)
· Philosophy & Literature, especially in relation to the short story, poetry and style.
· Drama and Poetry.
Some novels we will read, discuss, analyze, and write about: Crime and Punishment andBrave New World.
Some plays: (Of course, we might not get through all of these)Everyman,Oedipus Rex,Hamlet,A Dolls House,Death of a Salesman,Othello, andKing Lear.
· THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT
STUDENTS WHO FAIL ENGLISH COURSES DURING THE YEAR
SHOULD ATTEND SUMMER SCHOOL.
FOR THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL YEAR ALL LANGUAGE ARTS STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE SUMMERREADINGASSIGNMENTS.
150 ACTING (1/2 CR.) L-2 10,11,12Prerequisite: Intro. to Theatre, permission of instructor
Acting students should have a serious interest in learning to improve their performance skills. Course work will include the study of mime and pantomime, stage movement, improvisation, and voice. Activities will also include the analysis, synthesis, memorization, character development, and presentation of short scenes with partners. Viewing and discussing performances in class, on film, and outside of school and listening to opinions of others will broaden the student experience. Course work will promote confidence and poise and small group and interpersonal communication skills. Non-fiction reading will provide the acting student with opportunities to discover the world of actors and directors.
153 MASS MEDIA (1/2 CR.) L-2 9,10,11,12
Mass media will introduce the student to the functions of media: to entertain, inform, and persuade. Understanding mass media in the context of portability, timeliness, perspective, and durability will also be important to class instruction. Likewise, the communication process will be explored throughout the course. Introductory lessons in the various channels of media (newspaper, magazines, books, radio, recordings, television, movies, digital media and the World Wide Web, and advertising) will be a part of the class instruction. Social issues and mass media, law and regulation, ethics, and the impact of the global media will be integral components of this course. Students will be involved in a variety of media related projects, and writing and reading lessons.155 CREATIVE WRITING (1/2 CR.) L-2 11,12
Creative Writing will provide students who want to extend their writing experiences beyond those found in required English classes, with the opportunity to experiment and practice writing creatively through a variety of projects. Journaling, writing short stories and poetry, and other appropriate writing activities will enable the creative writing student to find an outlet for his/her creative abilities. Preparation for publication (literary contests, The Muse, etc.) will also be an integral part of this course. Students taking Creative Writing should display a skill level in writing beyond that of proficiency to have a positive experience in the course.
162 FILM LITERACY (1/2 CR.) L-2 10,11,12
Film Literacy students will learn the history of cinema, the cultural impact of film, techniques of film production, and the methods used in reviewing and critiquing film. Students will view classic, contemporary, and documentary films and be expected to apply class lessons in a variety of projects that show understanding beyond that of being a casual viewer of film. In addition to practicing the viewing skills inherent to this course, student writing will serve as an adjunct opportunity for practice in writing to meet proficiency objectives.
164 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE (1/2 CR.) L-2 9,10,11,12
This course provides a general introduction to theatre through pantomime, improvisation, acting, play-reading, theatre history and technical theatre, which includes make-up, set-design, and costuming. Students will work in small groups and pairs to improve their cooperative skills. The ability to analyze and synthesize information from scripts will be an important part of course work.Readingfrom non-fiction sources will provide students with relevant information concerning the business of theatre. Media literacy will be reinforced as a part of instruction in research skills. Discussion of scenes performed in class will play an important part of the acting experience. Listening as an actor will be stressed.165 JOURNALISTIC WRITING (1/2 CR.) L-2 10,11,12Prerequisite: B or higher in previous English course and teacherrecommendation.
This class will explore and produce the following genres of writing: caption writing, copy writing, feature writing, sports writing, entertainment writing, editorial writing and broadcast writing. This course will be a prerequisite for Journalism and Yearbook for the 2009 2010 school year.
166 JOURNALISM I (1 CR.) L-2 10,11,12
Prerequisite: "C" Average in previous English coursesJournalistic Writing for the 2009 2010 school year
Journalism I will focus on the fundamentals of information gathering techniques and the writing, editing, and layout skills required of print journalism. Advertising as an element of newspaper production will be an integral part of the course as well. Students will learn the skills required to write for theDevilier(and possibly for local newspapers.) Special attention will be paid to computer Internet research and computer publishing. Integral to this course will be an examination of careers in journalism. After completion of this course, students may advance to Journalism II. The writing in this class should provide students with the opportunity to hone their proficiency writing skills.
167 JOURNALISM II (1 CR.)L-2 11,12
Prerequisite: Journalism I
Dependent upon enrollment, this course may be taught simultaneously with Journalism I. Students in Journalism II will be directly responsible for the production of the student newspaper,The Devilier. Students in this class will be prepared for advanced journalistic writing in the areas of columns, editorials, and feature stories. Other areas of concern will be research, editing, and advertising and distribution. Students in this course may write for local newspapers, learn the latest in desktop publishing and website techniques as they relate to journalism. Students writing forThe Deviliershould exhibit writing skills that exceed proficiency standards in writing.
174 THEATRE PRODUCTION (1/2 CR.) L-2 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Introduction to Theatre, recommendation.
This course will provide students with a hands on approach to theatrical production. The student will analyze, design aspects from various non-fictional sources and synthesize them into original creations. Students will build on skills from introduction to theatre, including sewing, make-up application, set design, painting techniques, and marketing. Research of design elements, along with media literacy will be integral parts of the course. Discussion of design and response to creative problem solving will be stressed.
177 YEARBOOK (1 CR.) L-2 11,12
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Standing and Recommendation
Journalistic Writing for the 2009 2010 school year
Students in this course will learn proper computer usage required for producing a yearbook. They will be exposed to the use of software such as PageMaker 6.5 and PhotoShop. Design, layout, and storage techniques will be learned and applied. The proper use of the camera and the application processes required for yearbook production will also be an integral part of the course. A major emphasis of the course will be the student as a communicator. Emphasis will be placed on writing skills. (Proficiency objectives will be enhanced through the writing required in this course.) Lessons in organization will include such activities as creating and adhering to deadlines. Communication skills will be emphasized as students sell advertising, promote the yearbook and maintain an open line of communication with the various areas in the Brunswick Schools community.