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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 for this course.

    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 for this course. The Missouri English 2 End of Course (EOC) Assessment is given at the conclusion of this course.

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

    In this course, students will read and study literature that represents ideologies, institutions, and changes in American identity for different people and voices over time. Genres will include humor and satire, the essay, classic fiction, poetry, short story, performance literature, nonfiction, and novels.  Students approach texts as readers, researchers, and writers, continuing to increase their stamina as a reader and the complexity of the texts with which they engage. Goals also include making connections between history, culture, institutions, ideologies, and literary movements.  As writers, students continue to improve their independent writing craft with authentic writing tasks in creative writing, academic writing, research, and digital composition.

    057050 - BRITISH LITERATURE
    Grade: 12       
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: None 

    British Literature is a college preparatory course in which the student surveys the writings from Anglo-Saxon times to the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the development of English language, literature, and the historical contexts of the works. Students will analyze the values and themes of these works and will express their ideas in oral and written analyses.

     057120 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION
    Grade: 12       
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: For 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 prepares students for writing beyond high school. Students will continue their study of different styles of writing – argument, research-based explanatory writing, and personal narratives will all be studied.

    057130 - CREATIVE WRITING 1
    Grades: 10-12       
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: For 10th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.

    The goal of this course is to encourage and nurture the student's innate creativity. Students will study techniques used by professional writers and will be motivated with enticing writing activities designed to help them improve their skills while experiencing the pleasure of success. Writing may include plays, short stories, poetry, personal narratives, and various other creative modes.

    057140 - CREATIVE WRITING 2
    Grades: 10-12    
    ½ English credit (1st Semester)
    Prerequisite: For 10th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.  

    A continuation of the techniques of Creative Writing I, this course is supplemented by attention to the style and interest of individual students. Special attention is paid by each student to particular literary models that will aid development.

    057200 - COLLEGE COMPOSITION
    Grade: 12    
    ½ English credit (2nd Semester)
    Prerequisite: None

    This is a college level writing course that focuses on the choices that informed writers make when discovering, developing, and revising academic papers appropriate for the given topic. Students will engage in analytical reading, critical thinking, and research.

    057480 - SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY LIT & COMP
    Grades:   10 -12      
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: For 10th and 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3. .

    Speculative fiction — an umbrella term for the genres of science fiction and fantasy — has had an immense impact on today’s popular culture, but it also has a rich literary history. By reading literature and analyzing pop culture (film, television, art, games, etc.) students will consider how creators who use their imagination to construct new worlds can be keen observers of the world we live in. We will challenge ourselves to, as Ursula K. Le Guin once suggested, “see alternatives to how we live now” and open our minds to “a larger reality.” Students may read about future technology, space exploration, time travel, artificial intelligence, alternate realities, dystopias, magic, supernatural creatures, and/or superheroes. Students will write analytical essays, engage in discussions, and collaborate on presentations. The course will culminate in a creative writing project where students write their own speculative fiction.

    057490 - AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
    Grades:   10 -12      
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  For 10th and 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3 

    African American Literature traces the history and development of the Black writer in America from the beginning of slavery to the present day. The course is recommended for students interested in becoming familiar with the origins, content, and techniques of African American authors. The range of study stretches from the origins in ancient Africa to the transformation into the American idiom and the development and establishment of African American literature as a distinct yet integral component of the American experience.

    057530 - FILM STUDIES     
    Grades:  11-12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: For 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 focuses on studying film as a storytelling medium. It engages students in the technical aspects of filmmaking in order to think critically about films and asks students to analyze the larger context film has in cultures and societies. Students will articulate their ideas about films in a variety of ways, including speaking and academic and digital composition.

    057540 - COMPARATIVE MYTHOLOGY
    Grades:   10 -12      
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite: For 10th and 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.

    057580 - CONTEMPORARY WORLD LITERATURE    
    Grades:  10-12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  For 10th and 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.

    The course examines the ways in which contemporary literature from around the world, while emanating from specific cultures and histories (Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America, etc.) offer outstanding literary models that transcend the boundaries of nation and language. Students engage with works from a variety of genres that are either written in English or translated to English from other languages. In addition to well-known world authors, the course will also cover less-known and/or emerging authors. The comparative framework of this class will prompt students to reflect on a vast array of themes related to contemporary global culture, will help expand students' literary landscape, and enhance their capacity for critical thinking.

     057590 - READING LITERATURE FOR PERSONAL ENRICHMENT     
    Grades:  9-12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  For 9th, 10th,and 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 provides all students the opportunity to read, enjoy, and share ideas about books of their choice. Students will choose books for their reading level and complete post-reading comprehension questionnaires. A student's reading comprehension will be tracked throughout the semester. Sixty percent of class time will be reserved for individual reading; the remaining 40% will be used for enrichment writing and discussion of ideas in the works, whereby students can practice written response skills as well as small group discussion skills. The vision for this course is to develop the confidence and desire to make reading a life-long habit.

    057690 -  WORDS ON FIRE: BOOKS THAT CHALLENGE SOCIETY  
    Grades:  10-12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  For 10th and 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3 .

    Books that have been challenged or banned play an important role in our society’s history and present day. Every day our country, schools, and individuals struggle with the understanding and philosophies surrounding free speech. In this semester-long course, “Words on Fire: Books that Challenge Society,” students will consider the role banning books plays in American culture, how the practice developed, and its significance in society. Students will investigate many sides of the issue by studying current and historical context, nonfiction essays, and the books themselves. They will write analytical essays/digital compositions, and engage in discussion, critical thinking, and collaborative presentations.

    057780 - PERFORMANCE LITERATURE   
    Grades:  9-12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  For 9th, 10th, and 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3 .

    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 and Debate

    057890 - SPORTS LITERATURE & COMPOSITION    
    Grades:  10-12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  For 10th and 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3 .

    Sports Literature is an English Language Arts class that will examine the unique relationship between sports and society through literature by contemporary authors, columnists and other media. Students will read high-interest and thought-provoking texts including informational text, poetry, biographies, and commentary. Students will write a weekly sports column and research the history of how sports and social issues connect.

    057920 - THE POETICS OF HIP HOP     
    Grades:  11-12
    ½ English credit
    Prerequisite:  For 11th grade if concurrently enrolled in another English class, or permission of instructor.  May not be substituted for English 1, 2, or 3.

    Professor Adam Bradley once said, ‘Every rap song is a poem waiting to be performed.”  The Poetics of Hip-Hop, a semester-long English elective class, will investigate this quote.  Throughout the course, students will approach rap/hip-hop music through the lens of an English scholar, exploring rhyme, meter, rhythm, storytelling, and various other tools that fuel classical literature studies.  Students in this class will also read traditional texts such as essays and poetry to better fuel or understanding of contemporary lyrics.  Not a class for students who simply “like rap music,’ this course will continue the rigor and skills learned in previous English classes such as close reading, critical thinking, literary analysis, research, essay/digital compositions, and more.  NOTE:  given the nature of the course materials, students will be studying texts that have been labeled as “parental advisory” by the RIAA.

    059201 & 059202 (Year Long) - AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
    Grade: 11-12     
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: English 1 & 2 (or Honors Equivalent)

    AP English Language & Composition offers students a college-level course experience. It helps students strengthen the effectiveness of their writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying nuances of style and rhetorical strategies in a variety of modes. American Literature and a variety of non-fiction texts provide models of rhetorical strategies, opportunities for synthesis and analysis, and additional preparation for success in the senior year college-level AP English Literature & Composition course. This course prepares students for the AP English Language & Composition exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given for this course.

    059041 & 059042 (Year Long) - AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
    Grade: 12     
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: English 1, 2 and 3 (or Honors Equivalent)

    AP English Literature & Composition offers students a college-level course experience.  Literature covered is wide-ranging (classical, contemporary, and worldwide) and is representative of all literary genres, from satire to comedy and from tragedy to the epic.  The emphasis in the course is on reading and writing and analytical interpretation; it is presumed that the student is familiar with writing critical essays.  This course prepared 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.  College credit may be available for this course.  Check with your instructor.


    SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS

    057300 - CONVERGENCE JOURNALISM 1  “not an NCAA “core course”
    Grades:  9-11      
    ½ Elective credit
    Prerequisite: None

    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 will explore visual storytelling by learning photography and journalism techniques.  Instruction and practice include skill development with basic camera operation to more advanced techniques including photo composition. Instruction will pertain to composing photos, manipulating photos, writing captions, and troubleshooting photo problems. Students will explore and practice the ethics of photojournalism with hands-on training. Students will be required to cover events during our after school.

    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. 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 the class second semester after successfully completing any of the prerequisites.

    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: 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. Upon successful completion of additional expectations, an honors grade may be earned.

    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
    .5 Elective
    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

    Public Speaking builds confidence and poise. Students present a wide variety of speeches in an informal classroom atmosphere. Self-expression through speaking, listening, and critical thinking is emphasized. Evaluation is based on performance, criticism, and reflection.  College credit may be available for this course. Check with your instructor.

    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. Students are required to work collaboratively with other students in this course.

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

    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.

    058620 -  ADVANCED COMPETITIVE SPEECH & DEBATE (HONORS OPTION)
    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 skills, and work to share their knowledge with beginning members. Speech and Debate team participation is a requirement of this course.


    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

    052911 & 052912 (Year-long) - ELL 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) - ELL 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) - ELL 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) - ELL LEVEL 4
    Grades: 9-12
    1 English credit
    Prerequisite: Instructor approval

    This class is for English Language learners who are progressing into advanced proficiency levels, and who still need to strengthen their skills. Student placement takes into consideration SRI scores, grades, teacher recommendation, WIDA ACCESS scores, WAPT, etc. Students considered for this class at North High will be in English Language Arts I classes in addition to this class.  Emphasis is placed on grade-level reading and improving the writing process. The class works in tandem with content classes, and is reading, writing, and vocabulary intensive.

    052951 & 052952 (Year-long) - ELL 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.