• Students
  • Staff
  • Parents
  • Quicklinks
Home /
<<  English Department / Course Offerings / Elective Courses
page tools:
email page print page default type small type large type

Elective Courses

Speech Communications (CCP)

Half year - .5 credit
Prerequisite: Completion of grade 11 requirements and enrollment in a College Career Pathway (e.g. Allied Health)

Description: The course will enhance communications skills necessary to enter the work force or higher education. Speaking, writing, and listening skills will be emphasized. A grade of 70 or over may enable a student to earn college credit MCC or CCC. In special instances, students may elect to take the Speech Communications course in lieu of their Writing 4 course senior year. Teacher and department head approval is required for this.

 

Critical Viewing
Half year - .5 credit
Prerequisite: May only be taken IN ADDITION to required English classes. This course does not qualify for the 4 required English credits.

Description: The course will increase the viewer’s awareness, appreciation, and evaluation of film technique, language, and role in today’s society. In class discussions and written assignments, emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of the ideas, themes, and techniques of films.

 

Creative Writing
Half year - .5 credit
Prerequisite: May only be taken IN ADDITION to required English classes. This course does not qualify for the 4 required English credits.

Description: Open to students who like to write! The teacher will design the course specifics to match student interests. Students will focus on the creative writing process, working on a series of short stories, personal essays, poetry, lyrics or dramatic pieces. Students will be given the opportunity to showcase their writing in the school publication Crossroads.

 

Poetry
Half year - .5 credit
Prerequisite: May only be taken IN ADDITION to required English classes. This course does not qualify for the 4 required English credits.

Description: In this course students will read, analyze and discuss a wide variety of formal and informal poetry. Students will write critical essays about pieces of poetry, poetic themes and the use of specific poetic devices. Students will master the vocabulary of poetics, and will practice writing their own poetry.

 

Journalism
Full Year – 1 credit
Prerequisite: May only be taken IN ADDITION to required English classes. This course does not qualify for the 4 required English credits. This course may be taken more than once as long as student shows satisfactory progress in the previous year.

Description: The focus of this course is the writing and production of articles, editorials, letters to the editor, news copy, and the writing, performance and broadcasting of scripts. Students will study the history and influence of both print ad broadcast journalism and will examine the uses and possible abuses of television news coverage. Graphic design, layout and printing will be explored. Applications may include newspaper publication and class newsletters.

 

Human Rights
Half year – .5 credit or Full year – 1 credit

Prerequisite:

  • Students taking full-year courses (English IV, English IV Honors, or AP) may choose the Human Rights Course IN ADDITION to their regular course of study.
  • Students taking half-year courses may choose to take a half-year of Human Rights in place of their Literature 4 course. If students choose to take a full year of the Human Rights course, they will still need to take Writing 4. Human Rights is offered only to seniors.

Description: Meets 2 periods every day. An English teacher and a social studies teacher will share instruction. This course will be an interdisciplinary, in depth study of human rights. Some of the units are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Holocaust, the American Indian, apartheid, slavery, and torture. Students will examine the causes and results of prejudice and study the roles of propaganda and censorship. Literary and historical works will complement each other, with emphasis placed on critical thinking skills. Students will be required to do a research project and several short papers.

  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2011 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2012 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2013 Award Ribbon
  • Hartford Courant Top Work Places 2016 Award Ribbon
powered by finalsite