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Title: A Slightly Closer Look at Some of the Language Arts Course Offerings


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A Slightly Closer Look at Some of the Language
Arts Course Offerings
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English 9 (10 English credits)
English 9 or Pre-AP/Honors English 9 (10
English credits)
English 9(10 English credits)
Language Arts Skills Seminar (For students with
9th grade in-progress/low basic scores on
district levels tests. Students with high basic
scores and above enroll directly in World
Lit/Composition. Students needing this course
are notified in April or May.) (10 English
credits)
World Literature/Composition (10 English
credits)
World Literature/Composition or Pre-AP World
Literature/Composition (10 English credits)
World Literature/ Composition (10 English credits)
US Lit//Humanities (5 US Lit. credits) (5 Hum.
credits)
US Lit/Humanities or Pre-AP US Lit/Humanities (5
US Lit. credits) (5 Hum. credits)
US Lit/ Humanities (5 US Lit. credits) (5
Hum. credits)
Junior/Senior Level Classes A student needs 5-15
credits, depending on whether or not he or she
has taken Skills Seminar.
Junior/Senior Level Classes A student needs from
5-15 credits, depending on whether or not he or
she has taken Skills Seminar.  
British Literature/Composition (10 English
credits)
(5 English credits) British Literature Great
Books 1 and 2 College Prep/ Composition Creative
Writing Drama/Short Story Creative Writing
Poetry Reading/Study Skills Technical Writing
(5 English credits) Short Fiction Reading/Study
Skills Media Analysis/Composition  
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
(10 English credits)
Students who have lower skills on levels tests,
but who are seriously motivated, can be
successful in the junior/senior level classes in
the middle column.   Television Production may
also be taken for English credits and is
considered a non-college preparatory class.    
(10 English credits) Journalism 1 and
2 Pacesetters British Literature/Composition Weste
rn or World Humanities
Any of the classes from the middle column are
recommended as additional English electives for
these students.
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Course Descriptions!
  • Basic Speech

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Introduction
  • For many people in todays society, public
    speaking is one of the scariest things
    imaginable. This course is designed to help
    alleviate some of that fear and anxiety by giving
    you a chance to practice speaking in front of an
    audience for a variety of purposes.

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Speeches Covered
  • The different types of speeches covered in
    the class includes, but is not limited to, the
    following
  • Persuasive
  • Oral Interpretation
  • How-To/Informative
  • Impromptu
  • Mock Interview

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Additional Skills
  • The following skills will also be covered
  • Organization (webs, outlines, notecards, etc.)
  • Use of visual aids
  • Use of facial expression
  • Use of body language and hand gestures
  • Use of eye contact
  • Understanding of the dynamics in a group
    discussion
  • Critique and evaluate others speeches
  • Research
  • How to impact an audience

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Course Descriptions!
  • Theatre

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Theatre Foundations
  • If youre interested in theatre but dont
    know where to start, this is the place for you.
    Theatre foundations focuses on the basics of
    theatre. Youll get everything you wanted to
    know (or at least the start of it) about the
    history of theatre, the nitty-gritty of acting,
    and an intro to the technical side. This is a
    one-term class any beginning thespian will love.

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Advanced Acting and Production
  • So, you fell in love with the theatre
    through Theatre Foundations, or its just in your
    blood and you want to go one step further in your
    training. Advanced Acting is right up your
    alley. This one-term class offers a more
    in-depth look at the fundamentals of performance
    such as auditioning, directing, and stage-craft.
    The culminating project for this class is an
    on-the-road childrens theatre that allows you to
    show off everything you learned. Youll leave
    Advanced Acting ready for Broadway (or at least
    Openstage!).

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Musical Theatre Production
  • The only musical Rocky produces is in this
    very class. During first term, fourth hour
    youll spend an hour and a half rehearsing for
    musicals such as The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Kiss
    Me Kate, or Brigadoon. You can also get in on
    the tech side if behind-the-scenes is more your
    forte. You just have to make sure you register
    for this class the year before. Auditions are
    held in May and production starts the first day
    of school in August. An intense 9 weeks, but in
    the end, its well worth the effort!

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Extra Curricular Theatre
  • Throughout the year there are numerous
    opportunities to get on stage outside of class.
    Theres always the student directed Winter One
    Act Festival, the Spring Show in April, as well
    as Shakespeare Under the Stars, Variety Shows,
    and a number of other performances. Just keep an
    eye out for auditions and information!

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Course Descriptions!
  • Great Books

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Introduction
  • Do you need five more credits of English?
    Do you love to read? Do you wish you had read
    more of the classics? If you answered yes to
    any of these, Great Books could be the class for
    you!

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Reading Lists
Here at Rocky, we offer two classes of Great
Books, alternating each year, so you could
actually take the class once this year and once
next year and read completely different books.
The list of possible titles for each class is as
follows…
  • The Great Books I
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Giants in the Earth
  • The Mirror
  • The Time Machine
  • Dandelion Wine
  • Travels with Charlie
  • Invisible Man
  • Too Late the Phalarope
  • The Great Books II
  • The Sun Also Rises
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Chosen
  • 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • Darkness At Noon
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Davitas Harp
  • Cry, the Beloved Country

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Course Descriptions!
  • World Literature And Composition

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Introduction
  • As it is a requirement for all 10th-grade
    students, this course is designed to prepare you
    for the other English courses you will take at
    Rocky Mountain High School. The course is
    challenging and stimulating for students of all
    levels, and it will build on the knowledge you
    gained in junior high in the areas of reading and
    writing.

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Literature
  • You will understand the use of literary
    devices as you study poetry, non-fiction and
    short stories from the textbook. In addition, at
    least two novels will be read during the
    semester, chosen from the following list
  • The Good Earth
  • Nervous Conditions
  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • A Place Where the Sea Remembers
  • I Am the Clay
  • Girl With a Pearl Earring
  • Candide
  • A Wizard of Earthsea
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Power of One
  • East of Eden

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Drama
  • Drama is also covered in the class, with one
    of the following plays by Shakespeare read in its
    entirety
  • Julius Caesar
  • Merchant of Venice

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Composition
  • The second main component of the class is
    composition. You will complete four multi-draft
    writing assignments in the following genres
  • Expository/Narrative
  • Persuasive
  • Research
  • Literary Analysis

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Course Descriptions!
  • Pre-AP World Literature And Composition

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Introduction
  • This course is designed for sophomores who
    wish to begin preparing for the Advanced
    Placement Literature and Composition course.
    Passing this course is required for graduation.
    This class is also a prerequisite for U. S.
    Literature and Humanities (students may elect to
    take Pre A.P. U. S. and Humanities).
  • Pre AP World Literature and Composition is
    intended to introduce students to a survey of
    world literature beginning with the Classical Age
    and ending with the Modern Era. Literature is
    presented within the larger context of the
    history, culture and philosophy of each time
    period in order to expose students to the various
    influences that shaped the styles, themes and
    genres of great literature throughout the world.
    Students are expected to be able to work
    independently, to think critically and
    analytically and to have solid reading and
    writing skills. Throughout the course, students
    will study excerpts of works such as the Iliad,
    The Song of Roland, Don Quixote, Gulliver's
    Travels, Romantic poetry (including Hugo and
    Wordsworth), Realist short stories (such as
    Tolstoy and De Maupassant) and contemporary short
    stories (such as Allende and Tan). In addition
    to textual excerpts, students will also read 2
    dramas such as Antigone and Julius Caesar or
    Merchant of Venice, as well as The Old Man and
    the Sea, Candide and East of Eden.

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Student Responsibilities
  • In addition to literary study, students will
    complete a minimum of four processed writing
    assignments. Composition work focuses on
    literary analysis and expository and persuasive
    writing techniques. The capstone writing
    assignment is a research paper.
  • 1. Readings
  • a. 5 assigned novels/dramas
  • b. Textual excerpts
  •  
  • 2. Papers/ Projects
  • a. Essays 4 processed essays
  • b. Timed in class essays
  • c. Literary Terms portfolio
  • d. Group project research and group
    discussion
  •  
  • 3. Exams
  • a. "Time Period" tests
  • b. Assigned novel/drama tests
  • c. Cumulative final exam

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Course Descriptions!
  • British Literature And Composition

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Introduction
  • This course is designed for college bound
    juniors and seniors. It is also a recommended
    course for students working on the AP track in
    English.
  • British Literature and Composition is
    intended to introduce students to a survey of
    literature beginning with the Middle Ages and
    ending with the Modern era. Literature is
    presented within the larger context of the
    history, culture, and philosophy of each time
    period in order to expose students to the various
    influences which shaped the styles, themes and
    genres of great British literature. Students
    will study excerpts of works such as Beowulf, The
    Canterbury Tales, Renaissance sonnets (including
    Shakespeare, Spenser, and Donne), The Rape of the
    Lock, Romantic poetry (including Wordsworth,
    Coleridge, and Keats), The Lady of Shallot and
    Dubliners. In addition to textual excerpts,
    students will also read 4 full length works such
    as Macbeth, Frankenstein, A Tale of Two Cities
    and 1984.

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Student Responsibilities
  • In addition to literary study, students will
    complete a minimum of four writing assignments.
    Composition work focuses on literary analysis and
    expository and persuasive writing techniques.
  • 1. Readings
  • a. 4 assigned novels/dramas
  • b. Textual excerpts
  • 2. Papers/Projects
  • a. Essays 2-3 literary analysis
  • b. Essays 1-2 persuasive
  • c. Group project introducing a novel and
    leading a group discussion
  • d. Literary Terms Portfolio
  •  
  • 3. Exams
  • a. "Time Period" tests
  • b. Assigned novel/drama tests
  • c. Cumulative final exam

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Course Descriptions!
  • Technical Reading And Writing

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Introduction
  • Technical Reading and Writing is a nine week
    course that allows students to practice the
    specialized writing that will be required in
    various trade and technical positions.
  • Students will learn the basic requirements
    for the most common documents, such as procedure
    and reference manuals, proposals, and reports.
  • The textbook used in this course is
    Successful Technical Writing Documentation for
    Business and Industry by Bill Wesley Brown

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Tasks And Applications
  • List Of Tasks
  • Declaration of Specialization
  • Create A Corporate Image
  • Textbook Evaluation
  • Literature Search and Rescue
  • Glossary Task
  • Field Study
  • Proposal Task
  • Descriptive Owner's Manual Task
  • Feasibility Study
  • Final Resume
  • List Of Applications
  • Kodak Imaging
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Internet Explorer
  • BlockCAD
  • PSD Library Catalog System
  • Simeon

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Course Descriptions!
  • Forensics

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Are you…
  • ü      Smart?
  • ü      Funny?
  • ü      Charismatic? ü      Witty?
  • ü      Articulate?
  • ü      Dramatic?
  • ü      Opinionated?
  • Intellectual?

(No dead bodies, we promise!!!)
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If you answered yes to any or all of the above
  • then you are a likely candidate for the RMHS
    Forensics (Speech and Debate) Program. At Rocky,
    our Forensics Program has two different elements
    The team and the classes. You may take a class
    without joining the team and vice versa.

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Here are the options
  • The Team
  • Argumentation and Debate
  • Advanced Speech

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The Team
  • There has never been a more exciting time to be
    part of the RMHS Forensics Team! We have
    experienced unprecedented success both as
    individuals and as a team during the 2004-05
    season- and were still going strong! The team
    travels to tournaments on Saturdays to compete
    against other high schools from all over the
    state (and sometimes beyond) in Policy Debate,
    Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate,
    Original Oratory, Student Congress,
    Extemporaneous Speaking and Oral Interpretation
    (Humor, Duo, Drama, and Poetry). Practices are
    scheduled after school.
  •  

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Argumentation and Debate
  • During this course, different types of
    argumentation will be discussed as they apply to
    various persuasive situations. Policy,
    Lincoln-Douglas, and legislative debate
    techniques will be introduced and skills in
    analysis, organization, and refutation will be
    stressed. This class is recommended for any
    student interested in consistently winning
    arguments with parents/teachers/friends/siblings/t
    hat annoying next-door neighbor…etc. Its
    offered first term only. Strongly recommended
    for prospective debaters!

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Advanced Speech
  • This course is a continuation of Basic Speech
    (prerequisite) with emphasis on persuasion, oral
    interpretation, oratory, and interpersonal
    communication skills. Thespians will love this
    class! This class is offered 2nd term only.
    Strongly recommended for prospective eventers!

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Questions??? Contact Paul DeMaret (coach and
teacher) at pdemaret_at_psdschools.org
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Course Descriptions!
  • For more information about Pacesetter English
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