Communications
COMMUNICATIONS
English 9
Public Speaking
20th Century Literature
Practical Composition
English 11
MSU English 11
English 12
MSU English 12
Mass Media
Journalism I
Journalism II


45 English 9
Grade 9
Required 1 credit

English 9 is designed to expose students to the various genres of literature, to establish MLA, thesis-based expository writing, to develop an issue-oriented research paper, and to increase comprehension and analytical skills. Vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and writing mechanics usage will be ongoing.


46 Public Speaking
Grades 9-12
Required 1/2 credit

In this course, students will deliver at least five major extemporaneous speeches (i.e. informative, persuasive, demonstrative). Students will develop skills in planning, researching, and writing speeches and will practice effective speech delivery. Developmental work on active listening skills, elocution, reflection, and critical thinking skills are ongoing.


47 20th Century Literature
Grade 10
Required 1/2 credit

This course is primarily devoted to the novel and is supplemented with non-fiction and poetry works—all of which have impacted 20th century societies. Students who take this course will focus on reading strategies, literary analysis, group and individual research projects, as well as numerous expository essays.


49 Practical Composition
Grade 10
Required 1/2 credit

Practical Composition is a course designed to improve the writing skills of students preparing to take state & national testing in written composition. Students will write frequently and in a variety of forms; read and examine their own works and those of their peers and other writers; and learn methods and strategies to become confident, capable academic writers.

* Grade 11 must take course #50 OR course #58, not both

* 50 English 11
Grade 11
Required 1 credit

English 11 is an American literature course that includes short stories, dramas, novels, poetry, and non-fiction selections. Students will read, interpret, and evaluate these works of literature and apply specific criteria to create written and oral responses.

OR

* 58 MSU English 11
Grade 11 1 credit
Required MSU 4 credits

MSU English 11 is an introductory course to college-level literary studies. The purpose of the course is to read widely, to discuss author style and techniques, and to cogently construct MLA-based expository writings regarding literature of various genres (poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction). Successful completion of this course will result in credit at MSU as well as high school English credit. Students must meet specific MSU requirements to enroll in this course (i.e. ACT score of at least 23 or cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above).

* Grade 12 must take course #52 OR course #66, not both

* 52 English 12
Grade 12
Required 1 credit

English 12 is designed to prepare students for adult literacy upon graduation. The literature focus includes primarily British short stories, dramas, novels, poetry, and non-fiction selections. Students will read, interpret, and evaluate these works of literature and apply specific criteria to create written and oral responses.

OR

* 66 MSU English 12
Grade 12 1 credit
Required MSU 4 credits

MSU English 12 is a writing-intensive course in composition. Students will produce a number of thesis-support essays suitable for submission in college-level courses. Students should expect critical reading, analytical MLA compositions, and increased proficiency in research involving college databases. Successful completion of this course will result in credit at MSU as well as high school English credit. Students must meet specific MSU requirements to enroll in this course (i.e. ACT score of at least 21 or class ranking in the top 1/2 of class).


54 Mass Media
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

This course is designed to expose students to a larger sense of media literacy and the internal structure and influence of media on western society. Students will examine television, radio, advertising, music, and film by reading, viewing, listening, writing, and by creating their own original artifacts.


67 Journalism I
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Journalism teaches students the basics of research and Chicago-style journalistic writing. Publishing an accurate, interesting, visually appealing, and mechanically sound newspaper on a progressive software program are the primary focuses. Other areas of focus include ethics and photojournalism.


68 Journalism II
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: Journalism I
This course continues from Journalism I and offers students extended experience with research, interviews, and writing. Publishing an accurate, interesting, visually appealing, and mechanically sound newspaper on a progressive software program continue to be the primary focuses.