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    057011 & 057012 (Year-long) - ENGLISH 1
    Grade:  9     
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite:  None

    In this course, students will read and study a variety of genres connected by powerful themes in the world. Genres will include short story, storytelling, poetry, spoken word and other performance literature, novels, and non-fiction. Students will grow their reading stamina and comprehension analysis skills, and make personal and global connections within and across texts. Students will approach texts as a reader and a writer. As writers, students in this course will strengthen the craft of writing, focusing on meaningful processes of topic and evidence exploration, matching organization structures or forms to audience and purpose. Students will practice effective communication skills in writing, audio composition, speaking, collaborating, and listening.

    058011 & 058012 (Year-long) - HONORS ENGLISH 1
    Grade: 9      
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite:  Department Approval

    In this course, students will read and study a variety of genres connected by powerful themes in the world. Genres will include short story, storytelling, poetry, spoken word and other performance literature, novels, and non-fiction. Students will grow their reading stamina and comprehension and analysis skills, and make personal and global connections within and across texts. Students will approach texts as a reader and a writer. As writers, students in this course will strengthen the craft of writing, focusing on meaningful processes of topic and evidence exploration, matching organization structures or forms to audience and purpose. Students will practice effective communication skills in writing, audio composition, speaking, collaborating, and listening. It is designed for the student who has an exceptional interest in language arts, desires an accelerated language arts program, or intends to take advanced placement courses in English. A weighted grade is given.

    057021 & 057022 (Year-long) - ENGLISH 2
    Grade: 10        
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite:  Students must have passed at least one semester of English 1

    In this course, students will read and study literature that represents multiple perspectives. Genres will include memoir, poetry, short story, performance literature, narrative nonfiction, and novels. Goals include broadening the student’s reading life, increasing reading stamina, deepening analysis skills across and within text, and making connections between the world and others. Composition continues to focus on improving the craft of writing, and growing each student’s independent skills as a writer with authentic writing tasks that blend writing modes to best match audience, purpose, and style in creative writing, academic writing, research, and digital composition. The Missouri English 2 End of Course (EOC) Assessment is given at the conclusion of this course.

    058021 & 058022 (Year-long) - HONORS ENGLISH 2
    Grade: 10               
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite:  English 1 and Department Approval

    In this course, students will read and study literature that represents multiple perspectives. Genres will include memoir, poetry, short story, performance literature, narrative nonfiction, and novels. Goals include broadening the student’s reading life, increasing reading stamina, deepening analysis skills across and within text, and making connections between the world and others. Composition continues to focus on improving the craft of writing, and growing each student’s independent skills as a writer with authentic writing tasks that blend writing modes to best match audience, purpose, and style in creative writing, academic writing, research, and digital composition. It is designed for the student who has an exceptional interest in language arts, desires an accelerated language arts program, or intends to take advanced placement courses in English. A weighted grade is given. The Missouri English 2 End of Course (EOC) Assessment is given at the conclusion of this course.

    057580 - CONTEMPORARY WORLD LITERATURE
    Grades:  9-10         
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in English 1 or English 2

    The focus of this course is contemporary world literature. African, Latin American, European, and Asian writers tell their stories using their own voices and heroes. Among the minorities in America, the Native American, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic voices are available in fine contemporary literature. The various genres include novels, short stories, plays, films, nonfiction and poetry. This literary experience will focus on some of the best works not only by males and not only from the West. Evaluation will be through self-selected reading projects, literature circles, discussion, presentations, and essays. The written response will be analytical, practical, and creative since all methods are important for this type of literature.

    057031 & 057032 (Year-long) - ENGLISH 3
    Grade: 11               
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: English 2

    This course focuses on the variety of ways the American dream and identity has evolved for different groups of people over time, as presented in the novels, plays, essays, poetry, and short stories of American writers. Emphasis is placed on development of the student as a critical reader and intentional writer. Students continue to develop their composition, rhetoric, research, critical thinking, vocabulary, communication, and study skills.

    057120 - INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING
    Grade: 12       
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: Department approval

    This course is designed for college-bound seniors as well as students preparing to enter a technical or business career after graduation. The course will focus on the elements of clear writing, well-organized expository essays, and critical thinking skills necessary for both expository writing and analytical reading. In addition, this course includes a review of the principles of grammar. The goals of the course are to prepare college bound students to write acceptable college-level expository essays; familiarize career students with technical and business writing; familiarize all students with the writing skills valuable in their everyday experience; and make students aware of the way language functions and affects their lives.

    057160 - CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
    Grades: 11-12       
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.

    This course involves both study of poetry and individual creative efforts. Examples of poetry and criticism are predominately contemporary, but students do explore some classics. Oral interpretation of poetry is emphasized, and students also pursue, in-depth, the works of a single poet.  This study helps develop standards by which to improve student writing.

    057171 & 057172 (Year-long) - CREATIVE WRITING: NON-FICTION
    Grades: 11-12        
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: English 1 and 2 and recommendation of Journalism instructor. May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.

    This course involves both study of non-fiction writing techniques and individual instruction.  Writing samples are predominately drawn from current periodicals. Students submit writing for publication in professional and student publications.

    057180 - CREATIVE WRITING: SHORT STORY
    Grades: 11-12     
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.

    This course is designed to give students an opportunity to study the short story in-depth: its structure, elements, and various forms and styles.  A variety of short stories will be examined, and students are expected to become both competent readers of the short stories of others and competent writers of their own short fiction.  As fiction writing is a craft, revision and editing are emphasized.

    057260 - COLLEGE COMMUNICATION ARTS  “not an NCAA “core course”
    Grade: 12               
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: Department approval. May not replace English 3.

    This course is designed for seniors who plan to attend college or a technical school after graduation from high school. The goals for the course are to improve reading comprehension of content-area textbooks; to increase vocabulary; to improve classroom skills; to improve writing skills; to learn study skills; to increase critical thinking and analysis; and to develop self-awareness and confidence as a student.

    057361 - ENGLISH 4A
    Grade: 12    
    ½ English credit (1st Semester)
    Prerequisite: Students must have passed at least five previous semesters of English.

    Students may take 4A or 4B or both 4A and 4B.
    The essential questions for this course are: “How can the human spirit manage to triumph?” and “How is writing a means of discovering?” This course is a college preparatory course designed to increase student understanding and appreciation of challenging literature and to improve student written and oral communication skills. The course provides excellent preparation for a wide range of academic arenas as well as an opportunity to develop life-long literacy skills and literary appreciation. Students may take one or both semesters of this course. English 4A traces the beginnings of English literature and focuses on pieces through the 1800’s including Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The class includes other key and supplementary pieces by authors of various backgrounds, styles, and interests. Reading, writing, and communication skills are all stressed.

    057372 - ENGLISH 4B
    Grade: 12    
    ½ English credit (2nd Semester)
    Prerequisite: Students must have passed at least five previous semesters of English.

    Students may take 4A or 4B or both 4A and 4B.
    This course is a college preparatory course designed to increase student understanding and appreciation of challenging literature and to improve student written and oral communication skills. The course provides excellent preparation for a wide range of academic arenas as well as an opportunity to develop life-long literacy skills and literary appreciation. Students may take one or both semesters of this course.

    057540 - COMPARATIVE MYTHOLOGY
    Grades:   11 -12      
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  Senior standing or 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.

    Students will explore and examine the myths of many cultures from around the world. Through analysis and comparison, students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the importance of myths throughout various places and times.

    This course is also available as a completely virtual/online course.  Students who are interested should contact their counselor regarding the process for enrolling in an online course.

    057400 - FILM AND COMPOSITION     
    Grades:  11-12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  Senior standing or 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.

    In this class, students will be asked to engage in a critical study of film, focusing on the technical aspects of filmmaking and analytical approaches to cinema. As students learn this new information and begin to form an aesthetic appreciation for film, an understanding of the techniques/practices employed by filmmakers, and a brief understanding of film history, they will write a series of essays which vary in length and mode. Aside from enhancing the visual literacy skills of the students, this course is designed to support and improve the writing and speaking skills learned in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.

    057560 - MASTERPIECES 1
    Grade:  12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 3 credits of English.

    This course is offered to seniors only as a college-preparatory humanities course rather than a traditional English class. Masterpieces 1 is an overview of great moments in Western culture: the Hebrews, the Greeks, the Romans, and the northern literary Renaissance. The literature and history of these periods are the basis for approximately half the course; the remaining time is given to the study of the arts from these periods: architecture, sculpture, music, painting, and pottery. The major readings include Homer, Aeschylus, Virgil, and Shakespeare. Evaluation is based on a variety of activities: Socratic seminars, group work, quizzes, essays, oral presentations, projects and visits to local cultural sites. Although Masterpieces 1 and 2 are continuous in their overview of the periods, each course may be taken separately.

    057570 - MASTERPIECES 2
    Grade:  12       
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 3 credits of English

    This course is offered to seniors only as a college-preparatory humanities course rather than a traditional English class. Masterpieces 2 continues with the Medieval and Renaissance periods and continues through the modern period. It includes a thorough overview of art history, political history and cultural history of great moments in Western culture. The major readings include Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Bronte, and Austen. Art which parallels these readings - poetry, stories, painting, music - will also be considered. Evaluation is based on a variety of activities: Socratic seminars, quizzes, group work, essays, oral presentations, projects, and visits to local cultural sites. Although Masterpieces 1 and 2 are continuous in their overview of the periods, each course may have taken separately.

    058080 - TRENDS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE (HONORS)
    Grade: 11       
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: English 1 & 2 (or Honors Equivalent)

    This course is designed for the most capable junior students who have good reading and discussion skills. The major periods of the development of American literary style, encompassing the Puritans through the moderns, are carefully examined. Selected novels are included. Evaluation is based primarily on essays. A weighted grade is given.

    059300 - AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
    Grade: 11-12     
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: English 1 & 2 (or Honors Equivalent)

    Designed for highly motivated juniors and seniors with good reading and writing ability, this course provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of subjects using expository, analytical, and argumentative writing while demonstrating an awareness of audience and purpose. Students will select and cite primary and secondary sources (fiction, nonfiction, print and non-print texts) using Modern Language Association models. Vocabulary, sentence structure, and logical organization are emphasized. This course prepares students for the AP English Language & Composition exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP exam. A weighted grade is given.

    059041 - AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 1
    Grade: 12     
    ½ English credit (1st Semester) - 1/2 English credit (2nd Semester)
    Prerequisite: English 1, 2 and 3 (or Honors Equivalent)

    Semester 1 – This is a college preparatory course includes a survey of the growth of the English language, a study of the English epic romances, poetry and riddles, and a review of the works of Chaucer. An in-depth study of a limited number of Shakespeare’s works is undertaken. Elizabethan theater and general philosophical outlooks are also considered. This course prepares students for the AP English Literature & Composition exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP exam. A weighted grade is given.

    059042 - AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 2
    Grade: 12     
    ½ English credit (1st Semester) - 1/2 English credit (2nd Semester)
    Prerequisite: English 1, 2 and 3 (or Honors Equivalent) 

    Semester 2 – This capstone survey honors English course is a survey of the masterpieces of European literature from the 17th century to the recent past, from the enlightenment to the heart of darkness. This course prepares students for the AP English Literature & Composition exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP exam. A weighted grade is given.


    SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS

    057300 - CONVERGENCE JOURNALISM 1  “not an NCAA “core course”
    Grades:  9-11      
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite: Freshman, Sophomore or Junior standing

    Learn the roles and responsibilities journalists have when working in a multimedia news room. Student journalists will practice storytelling, photography, and design. See the program description for more information. Program description:  Producing news across emerging and existing media platforms…social media, photography, broadcast, print, online. As a member of the production team, journalists will produce the student newspaper, yearbook, and other student news media. Being a student journalist gives students a voice and allows them to exercise their constitutional right of free speech. Student journalists learn critical thinking, researching, interviewing, writing, editing, and creating visuals while collaborating with other staffers to produce media for an audience. Student Journalists learn how a free and responsible press can improve their school communities by informing, entertaining, and influencing their audience. These courses will offer a competitive edge to students pursuing any career as it enhances communication, confidence, leadership and global awareness. Students have the opportunity to travel to local, state, and national conferences. Coursework includes individual and group projects, guests speakers, field trips, leadership activities and community involvement.

    057350 - PHOTOJOURNALISM "not an NCAA “core course”
    Grades: 10-12      
    ½ CTE credit
    Prerequisite: None

    Students enrolled in the class have as their primary objective the task of providing coverage and subsequent photographs of all school events for the yearbook and newspaper. This includes assignments both during and after school. Instruction/practice in photography includes use of artificial lighting, skill development with basic camera operation and improving students' sense of photocomposition.  Instruction will pertain to composing the photos, manipulating the photos using Photoshop, writing captions for the photos, and troubleshooting problems related to the photos.  Although not a requirement, it would be helpful for students to have their own digital cameras.

    057311 & 057312 (Year-long) - NEWSPAPER 1
    Grades: 9-12      
    1 CTE credit
    Prerequisite:  Convergence Journalism 1, Photojournalism or recommendation of English teacher after application by student

    Following an initial training period, students enrolled in Newspaper I assist in the production of the school newspaper, which is issued every month. Staff members write news, features, sports and editorials and gain experience in designing pages, computer word processing, providing photographic coverage and selling ads. Students may join second semester after successfully completing Convergence Journalism 1.

    057321 & 057322 (Year-long) - NEWSPAPER 2
    Grades: 10-12        
    1 CTE credit
    Prerequisite: Newspaper 1

    This course concentrates on continued emphasis of quality standards in newspaper writing and production. Instruction grows from the production of the newspaper, including sophistication of writing and design, photography and continued examination of current issues related to scholastic and professional journalism. Students may apply for an editorial position. Those in editorial positions will learn coaching/mentoring strategies to employ with less experienced students.

    057331 & 057332 (Year-long) - NEWSPAPER 3 (HONORS OPTION)
    Grades: 11-12        
    1 CTE credit
    Prerequisite: Newspaper 2

    This advanced course is designed for the student who wants to conduct in-depth studies in journalism and play an increasing role in the production of the newspaper. Students will explore career opportunities, journalism law and ethics, and magazine journalism, in addition to assuming editorial positions. Upon successful completion of additional expectations, an honors grade may be earned.

    057341 & 057342 (Year-long) - NEWSPAPER 4 (HONORS OPTION)
    Grades: 11-12        
    1 CTE credit
    Prerequisite: Newspaper 2 and 3

    This is an advanced course for students who wish to continue their in-depth study of journalism. In addition to assuming editorial roles and mentoring new staff members, they will cover school board meetings and submit articles to local publications when appropriate. Students will explore new ideas for templates and possible changes in overall design of the publication as well as an in-depth study of national publications.

    057411 & 057412 (Year-long) - YEARBOOK 1
    Grades: 9-12       
    1 CTE credit
    Prerequisite: Convergence Journalism 1, Photojournalism or recommendation of English teacher after application by student

    This course continues to build upon the basics of journalism presented in Convergence Journalism 1.  It expands to include more advanced study of design/layout and participation in production of the school yearbook and photography.  Students begin the exploration of scholastic journalism and the law as well as current issues in scholastic and professional journalism. Students may join this course second semester after successful completion of any of the prerequisites.

    057421 & 057422 (Year-long) - YEARBOOK 2
    Grades: 10-12     
    1 CTE credit
    Prerequisite: Yearbook 1

    This course concentrates on continued emphasis of quality standards in yearbook production including enhancement of writing and layout skills, use of software and camera operation, including digital equipment and the study of scholastic and professional journalism. Students may apply for an editorial position. Those in editorial positions will   learn   coaching/mentoring strategies to employ with less experienced students.

    057431 & 057432 (Year-long) - YEARBOOK 3 (HONORS OPTION)
    Grades: 11-12     
    1 CTE credit
    Prerequisite: Yearbook 2

    This advanced course is designed for the student who wants to conduct in-depth studies in journalism and play an increasing role in the production of the yearbook. Students will explore career opportunities, journalism law and ethics, and magazine journalism, in addition to assuming editorial positions on the yearbook.  Upon successful completion of additional expectations, an honors grade may be earned.

    057441 & 057442 (Year-long) - YEARBOOK 4 (HONORS OPTION)
    Grade: 12               
    1 CTE credit
    Prerequisite: Yearbook 3

    This advanced course is for students who wish to continue their in- depth study of journalism. In addition to assuming editorial roles and mentoring new staff members, students will explore new ideas for templates and possible changes in overall design of the publication as well as an in-depth study of national publications. Upon successful completion of additional expectations, an honors grade may be earned.


    SPEECH & DEBATE

    057600 - HUMAN COMMUNICATION
    Grades: 9-12          
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite: None

    Communication skills and behaviors are the focus of this course. Topics include the communication process, the importance of feedback, verbal and nonverbal skills, listening skills, and intrapersonal, interpersonal, and small group communication. Projects, activities, role playing, discussion, and written assignments help students evaluate and improve their own skills in communication. Evaluation is based on participation, discussion, quizzes, and written and oral assignments.

    057630 - PUBLIC SPEAKING
    Grades: 9-12        
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite: None

    In this class, a practical approach is made toward speaking that builds confidence and poise. The students present a wide variety of speeches in an informal classroom atmosphere. The format is designed to prepare students for everyday classroom participation as well as for other speaking opportunities.  Emphasis is on improved self-confidence and self-expression as speaking, listening, and thinking skills are built. Evaluation is based on performance, criticism, and unit assignments.  Juniors and seniors may enroll in college credit through the Missouri State University. Some memorization may be required.

    057780 - ORAL INTERPRETATION
    Grades:  9-12
    ½ English Credit
    Prerequisite:  None

    Interpretation allows students to select their own pieces of literature and find personal connection to it through performance. Self-selection, written analysis, and performance increases understanding and appreciation for the many forms of literature in the world. This course can be a fine arts, English, or elective credit. It may not replace English 1, 2, or 3. This class would serve as a prerequisite for Competitive Speech & Debate.

    057700 - BROADCAST & PRODUCTION
    Grades: 9-12     
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite: None

    This single semester, project-based course provides students with the chance to better understand both on air and production aspects of entertainment, news and sports broadcasting. Students will work independently and collaboratively; be introduced to audio and video editing; and participate in real world application in the broadcasting world.

    057650 - ADVANCED BROADCAST & PRODUCTION
    Grades: 10-12        
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite:  Broadcast & Production and Instructor approval

    This project-focused course provides students with the chance to further explore both on air and production aspects of entertainment, news and sports broadcasting. Students will work independently and collaboratively; apply advanced audio and video editing techniques; and have the opportunity to produce content that will be shared with the public.

    057660 - DEBATE
    Grades: 9-12          
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  None

    Debate is designed to introduce the student with the procedures involved in a researched, structured verbal argument. The course centers on the current controversial issues. Organizational skills, as well as public speaking skills, are reinforced during the semester. In class debates put these skills into practice. This course may be taken for .5 English credit, but may not replace English 1, 2, or 3.

    057670 - COMPETITIVE SPEECH & DEBATE
    Grades: 10-12        
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite: Debate or Oral Interpretation  

    Competitive Speech & Debate is an in-depth study of presentation techniques, particularly those used in competitive speech and debate. Students will focus on a particular competitive aspect:  Public Speaking, Debate, or Oral Interpretation. Close study of that event will hone competitive skills. Students will also be introduced to other arenas of debate competition to prepare for the Advanced Competitive Speech & Debate course. Speech and Debate team participation is a requirement of this course.

    057620 - ADVANCED COMPETITIVE SPEECH & DEBATE
    Grades: 11-12        
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite: Competitive Speech & Debate and permission of instructor

    Advanced Competitive Speech & Debate is an in-depth study of presentation techniques, particularly those used in competitive speech and debate. Students will focus on both a Debate and an Event (either Public Speaking or Oral Interpretation). They will study those events closely, hone their competitive.


    ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

    052911 & 052912 (Year-long) - HIGH SCHOOL ESOL LEVEL 1
    Grades: 9-12
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

    This course is designed for students who have limited English proficiency. Emphasis is placed on acquiring skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. This intensive instruction in a supportive and non-threatening environment helps students learn English quickly and allows ELLs to make necessary academic and social adjustments. Placement in this class is determined by WAPT/ACCESS scores and ESOL staff recommendation.

    052921 & 052922 (Year-long) - HIGH SCHOOL ESOL LEVEL 2
    Grades: 9-12
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

    This course is designed for students who have limited English proficiency. English language skills are developed and refined in this course. Reading skills progress from reading for specific information to reading for meaning and from there, to reading for enjoyment. Writing is used to strengthen the other skill areas and students compose, revise and edit a variety of texts. Students will listen to English from a variety of sources, for many different purposes and in a variety of contexts. Emphasis is placed on speaking skills allow students to progress from word level to the sentence level, and from the sentence level to paragraph level. English language learners who have an intermediate proficiency determined by WAPT/ACCESS scores and ESOL staff recommendation are eligible for this class.

    052931 & 052932 (Year-long) - HIGH SCHOOL ESOL LEVEL 3
    Grades: 9-12
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

    English Language Learners who are progressing into advanced proficiency levels, but still need to strengthen their skills to prepare for regular English classes need to enroll in this course. Emphasis is placed on improving grade-level reading, writing satisfactory essays, and improving foundations for writing. Placement in the class is determined by WAPT/ACCESS scores and ESOL staff recommendation.

    052941 & 052942 (Year-long) - HIGH SCHOOL ESOL LEVEL 4
    Grades: 9-12
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

    English Language Learners who are progressing into advanced proficiency levels, but still need to strengthen their skills to prepare for regular English classes need to enroll in this course. Emphasis is placed on improving grade level reading, writing satisfactory essays, and improving foundations for writing a formal research paper. Placement in this class is determined by WAPT/ACCESS scores and ESOL staff recommendation.

    052951 & 052952 (Year-long) - ESOL ESSENTIALS
    Grades: 9-12
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

    This course is designed for students who have limited English proficiency. Emphasis is placed on acquiring skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. This intensive instruction in a supportive and non-threatening environment helps students learn English quickly and allows ELLs to make necessary academic and social adjustments.