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Electives are open for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors as enrichment courses.  They may be taken in addition to the year-long courses.

JOURNALISM I
Semester
Grades 10, 11, 12 

Journalism I introduces students to the fundamental principles and practices of journalism.  Students develop skills in determining news worthiness, fact gathering, interviewing, writing news stories, and editing copy.  Emphasis will be placed on journalistic style including accuracy, brevity, clarity, and objectivity.  In addition, students will study the freedom and responsibility of the press, including legal and ethical issues.  Students will be evaluated through tests, quizzes, writings, projects, and a cumulative portfolio.  Students may be required to submit stories to school publications.  This course is highly recommended for students who are interested in joining the Yearbook and Newspaper staffs.

JOURNALISM II
Semester  
Grades 10, 11, 12 

Journalism II is a continuation of the principles and skills established in Journalism I.  Students will refine their journalistic skills while writing a variety of stories, including an in-depth story.  The role and responsibility of the press in our society will be further examined.  In addition, students are introduced to specialized areas of journalism including public relations and advertising, photography, and layout and design.  Evaluation will be based on tests, quizzes, writings, projects, and a cumulative portfolio, which will include stories, projects, reflections, and various evaluations.  Students are required to submit stories produced in class to school publications.  This course is highly recommended for students who are interested in holding editorial positions on the Yearbook and Newspaper staffs.

APPLIED ENGLISH STRATEGIES  
Semester
Grades 10, 11, 12   

Applied English Strategies is designed for the student who wants to develop his or her skills in test-taking and studying.  This is not a remedial course even though it will review the basics, which will aid students in taking the SAT and certain college admission and placement tests.  Vocabulary development is an area of emphasis as is critical reading.  Standard English usage is reviewed in order to improve both spoken and written communication.

CREATIVE WRITING       
Semester
Grades 10, 11, 12     

Creative Writing is a one-semester intensive writing course for the student who enjoys writing on a daily basis and wants to explore various genres and modes of writing. Students experiment with forms of poetry, song lyrics, memoirs, narratives, character sketches, short stories, fairy tales, skits, screenplays and one-act plays. Published works, in most of these forms, will also be read and discussed throughout the semester. Emphasis is placed on developing a writing community where students explore personal style and voice and interact with peer and published writers in the class for feedback and ideas. Students are evaluated on class participation in response groups, in-class exercises and sharing circles as well as a writing portfolio, which is collected and evaluated for specific criteria at the end of each marking period.  The class also produces a literary magazine at the conclusion of the semester.

SHAKESPEARE 
Semester
Grades 10, 11, 12                                                                                                                 

This elective course offers interested students a focused study of the works of William Shakespeare.  Students will read Shakespearean tragedy, comedy and history as well as a selection of poetry.  Students will see how Shakespeare's life and times influenced his works. Through the use of texts, videos, and recordings, students will acquire a greater understanding and appreciation for Williams Shakespeare.

READING  
Semester
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                                         

The reading elective is designed for students of all levels who want to improve their reading skills for success in school and everyday life.  Through engaging activities that promote active learning, students receive instruction in using flexible strategies for comprehending text before, during and after reading.  Students practice strategies using a variety of texts from their daily lives including textbooks, technical and work-related materials, graphic information and narratives.  Students also receive instruction in note-taking, problem solving, thinking skills, study skills and vocabulary development.  

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