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English     
Chairperson: Mr. Antonio S. Caruso
Building: NASH 
Phone: 724-934-7200, extension 7461

 
High School Courses
 

 

Essential English 1 (IMPACT)                   No. 1209

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 9 Phase 1                                     Credit1.0

 

Students who are experiencing deficiencies in reading,writing, grammar, speaking, listening, and organizational skills will find thiscourse is designed to meet their individual needs. Students participate inindividual and group structured activities that improve reading comprehension,writing, grammar usage, organizational skills, and vocabulary development. Instructionis differentiated to meet students’ individual needs and readiness and isdesigned to help students make connections between reading, writing,literature, and their own lives. Materials are the same as those used in theAcademic English curriculum but literature selections are based on students’abilities. Phase 1 students must take this course.

Criteria for Selection –

This course is reserved for students who qualify for and areaccepted into the IMPACT Program.

 

English 1                                               No.1409

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 9 Phase II, III                                Credit1.0

 

The English 1 curriculum emphasizes the continuedapplication of core skills in the English area which covers reading, writing,speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Students reinforce their skills byformulating clearly written sentences and applying the correct usage of grammarin their written work. Students will continue to refine their writing skills byusing the writing process to compose core writing assignments and to respond totimed writing prompts. Vocabulary development and word recognition skills aredeveloped throughout the course. The study of literature emphasizes theanalysis of short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and novels. This coursegenerally utilizes the same rigorous academic content used in the AcademicEnglish curriculum. Students may select the course if they wish to devoteadditional effort in enhancing, reviewing and practicing communications artsskills to reach a proficient level. Students also apply their knowledge of thelibrary and its technology in a workshop setting. 

Criteria for Selection –

Recommendation of 8th grade English teacher.

 

Academic English 1                                No.1509

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 9 Phase III                                    Credit1.0

 

In this college preparatory communications course, studentsdevelop their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinkingskills. To enhance vocabulary skills, students familiarize themselves withwords from within the contexts of various reading assignments. Students studygrammar, usage, and mechanics integrated within reading and composition;students also read and analyze fiction, non-fiction, poetry, thenovel, and drama. Longer works in this course include Of Mice and Men, TheTragedy of Romeo and Juliet, and Inherit the Wind. Students followthe writing process while composing core writing assignments and timed writingprompts. Students also apply their knowledge of the library and its technologyin a workshop setting.

Criteria for Selection –

Recommendation of 8th grade English teacher.

 

Honors English 1                                   No.1109

Full Year/Full Time                                 HonorsWt.

Grade 9 Phase IV                                    Credit1.0

 

In this advanced course, students read, analyze, and composeessays about challenging works of American and British literature and applyrules of grammar and mechanics to their writing. In addition, students focus onsupplementary vocabulary which they integrate into their speaking, reading, andwriting. Throughout the year, the students practice public speaking and groupinteraction skills. Students also participate in a library orientation.

Criteria for Selection

Recommendation of 8th grade English teacher.

1.     8th grade English grade of ‘A’ or high ‘B’.

2.     Overall QPA of 3.4 or higher.

3.    Successful completion of a writing sample.

 

Essential English 2 (IMPACT)                   No.1210

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 10 Phase I                                    Credit 1.0

 

In Essential English 2, students who have deficiencies inskills related to reading, writing, speaking, and listening will focus onimproving these areas. Students participate in directed reading activities,guided paragraph and essay writing, and in the use of context clues, roots, andprefixes to increase vocabulary and usage. Students increase readingcomprehension and listening and writing skills through high interestliterature, including short stories, non-fiction, drama, poetry, and thein-depth study of a novel. Students practice basic and organizational skills ina highly structured atmosphere. All materials are geared to students’ interestsand ability levels.

Criteria for Selection –

This course is reserved for students who qualify and areaccepted into the IMPACT Program.

 

English 2                                               No.1410

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 10 Phase II, III                              Credit 1.0

 

The English 2 curriculum continues the application of coreskills in the communications arts areas of listening, speaking, reading,writing, and critical thinking, all within a supportive environment. The compositionand literature content build upon the skills developed in the English 1 class. Incomposition, this course emphasizes the varieties of sentence structure,paragraphing, mechanics, usage, and response to literature. Attention is alsofocused on spelling, vocabulary, and context usage. On the literary side, studentsstudy the short story, poetry, non-fiction, a novel, and both a contemporaryand a Shakespearean play. This course generally utilizes the same rigorousacademic content used in the Academic English curriculum. Students may selectthe course if they wish to devote additional effort in enhancing, reviewing andpracticing communications arts skills to reach a proficient level.

Criteria for Selection –

Recommendation of 9th grade English teacher.

 

Academic English 2                                No.1510

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 10 Phase III                                  Credit 1.0

 

Academic English 2 will take students through acomprehensive study of literature. Students will explore and improve variousstyles and types of writing in preparation for their post-high school academicexperiences. Grammar and vocabulary skills will be strengthened through anintegrated approach to reading and writing.

Criteria for Selection

Recommendation of 9th grade English teacher.

 

Honors English 2                                   No.1110

Full Year/Full Time                                 Honors Wt.

Grade 10 Phase IV                                  Credit 1.0

 

In Honors English 2, students undertake a comparativeanalysis of literature representing a variety of cultures, philosophies, andreligions including Sumerian, Indian, Persian, Asian, and classical Greek andRoman. Throughout the course, students continue to develop their writing craftthrough rigorous practice in various modes supported by a series of writers’workshops. This course also includes vocabulary study and instruction in PSATtest strategies. Honors English 2 is designed for students interested in achallenging and accelerated study of literature and writing who intend toadvance to Honors or AP English 3.

Criteria for Selection

1.     Recommendation of 9th grade English teacher.

2.     9th grade English grade of ‘A’ or high ‘B’.

3.    Overall QPA of 3.4 or higher.

 

English as a Second Language               No.1009

Full Year/Full Time

Grades 9, 10

 

English as a Second Language is an academic discipline thatis designed to teach English Language Learners academic language and socialskills, as well as cultural aspects of the English language necessary tosucceed in the academic environment. The English as a Second Language involvesteaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening at appropriate developmentaland proficiency levels with little or no use of the native language. English asa Second Language course replaces a student’s required participation in Englishand is aligned with PA Academic Standards. Students must meet District criteriaand undergo an evaluation to determine eligibility for the program. Based onthe Basic Education Circular of July, 2001, Non-English speaking studentsreceive 10 to 15 hours of ESL instruction per week, Beginning Level studentsreceive 10 hours per week, Intermediate Level students receive 5 to 7 ½ hoursper week, and Advanced Level students receive 5 hours per week.

 

Newspaper 9, 10

Grade 9                                                  No.1403

Grade 10                                                No.1603

Full Year/Full Time                                 Credit 1.0   

 

In this workshop course, motivated students with an interestin current events and journalism will publish the Intermediate High Schoolnewspaper, NA EYE. Students will write features, news stories,and investigative reports. They will also have the opportunity to draweditorial cartoons and take photographs for the paper. They will use the computerto layout and edit the paper before final publication.

Criteria for Selection

Application and teacher recommendation due to limited classsize.

 

Yearbook 9, 10

Grade 9                                                  No.1503

Grade 10                                                No.1506

Full Year/Full Time                                 Credit 1.0

 

In this workshop course, students gain first-hand experiencein planning, writing, organizing, and laying out materials essential to thetheme, development, and publication of the Intermediate High School Yearbook, THETIGER TALE. Students will learn to use Photoshop and InDesign softwareto create the publication.

Criteria for Selection

Application, project, and teacher recommendation due tolimited class size.

 

Leadership 1                                          No.1905

Semester/Full Time

Grades 9, 10                                           Credit .5

 

In this course, students will learn leadership skills thatwill allow them to succeed in school, clubs, activities, and on the job. Studentswill explore units in personal skills, leadership styles and theories, goalsetting, project planning, and time management. “Hands-on” class participationand group activities create a dynamic learning environment in which studentswill discover their strengths as leaders. Students will plan, implement, andevaluate a self-selected project as a culminating experience.  

Criteria for Selection

Application and interview with teacher.

 

Leadership 2                                          No.1906

Semester/Full Time

Grades 10                                               Credit .5

 

Using a team approach, Leadership 2 students apply learnedLeadership 1 skills as both leaders and followers in school and communityprojects. Students explore experiences in motivation, group dynamics, teambuilding, facilitating, giving feedback, decision-making, problem-solving, andrisk taking. Student leaders experience numerous application activities viaicebreakers, in-class projects, and “hands-on” experiences.

Criteria for Selection

Successful completion of Leadership 1 and recommendation ofLeadership 1 teacher.

 

Introduction to Film                               No.1206

Semester/Full Time

Grades 9, 10                                           Credit .5

 

This course introduces students to the art of reading a film.Students learn a framework for interpreting film so they see film as readabletext and see the relationship between fiction narratives and film. The courseinvestigates the narrative structure of film and how cinematic elements combinewith literary elements to produce moving pictures as literature. Students willexplore film “pre-writing” through the use of storyboards, examine the mainelements of cinematic language, and identify the distinguishing characteristicsof major film genres. The evolution of specific genres (western, comedy,sci-fi, film noir) is examined as record of how the stories a culture tellsabout itself reflect as well as shape that society.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

Forensics                                               No.1907

Semester/Full Time

Grades 9, 10                                           Credit .5

 

Forensics is the art of public speaking. In this course,students become confident speakers by practicing basic speaking techniques.Students will present a variety of speeches, including prose reading,impromptu/extemporaneous speaking, dramatic/humorous interpretation, andLincoln-Douglas Debate. Student participation in competitive tournaments isencouraged, but not required. This course is highly recommended for alllevels.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

Introduction to Theater                           No.1909

Semester/Full Time

Grade 9, 10                                             Credit .5

 

In Introduction to Theater, students explore five majoraspects of the theater: history of the theatre, acting, stagecraft, costumesand make-up, and audition preparation. Students participate in activities suchas making a history-of-theatre timeline, examining a script for stagedirections, blocking, studying body language, performing pantomimes andimprovisations, and creating a set design. Students also practice vocalvariety, pitch, volume, and choral reading, and then apply learned skills tonumerous classroom performances and presentations. Students must practice somememorization skills.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

Introduction to Television Production    No. 1910

Semester/Full Time                                 Credit .5  

Grade 10

 

Students will have the opportunity to explore TV Productionin this course. They will learn the basic aspects of production, includingscript writing, directing, editing, camera techniques, and special effects. Theprimary emphasis of the class will be the cooperative culmination of theseareas to create a daily news program that will be shown to the entire studentbody every morning. The class is open to any student interested incommunications, public relations, acting, or technical production.

Criteria for Selection

Application and interview due to limited class size.

 

Essential English 3                                 No.1211

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 11 Phase I                                    Credit 1.0

 

Students in this course have the opportunity to improvetheir reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills through theirstudy of literature, grammar, and composition. Students read high-interestshort stories and novels which serve as models for a wide variety of writingassignments. Students also study problem-solving strategies at each stage ofthe writing process. Students who are recommended for this course should alsoregister for Fundamentals of Democracy (No. 2211). This course is required forPhase 1 students. A component of the course is the College/Career Project. Successfulcompletion of the College/Career Project is a graduation requirement of theNorth Allegheny School District.

Criteria for Selection

Recommendation of 10th Grade English teacher and School Counselor.

 

English 3                                               No.1611

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 11 Phase II, III                              Credit 1.0

 

This year-long junior course is designed for Phase II/IIIstudents interested in enhancing their core English skills. Relying heavily onAmerican-based writers, the course utilizes a wide variety of relevantliterature and requires students to read and respond to essays, short stories,poetry, novels, and dramatic selections. Students complete journal responseentries to assist in the development of their literary analysis abilities. Additionally,students refine skills for speaking and listening, for vocabulary developmentand also for refinement of their writing. A key component of the course is theintegration and reinforcement of fundamental writing techniques. Studentscontinue to use the building blocks of the writing process for topicgeneration, organization of ideas, drafting, revising, and proofreading. Inmany cases, school computer labs are available for all aspects of essaycompletion, including publication. Essays of persuasion, compare-contrast,description, cause-effect and analysis that originate from the literature arethe focus of the writing, which heavily emphasizes peer-review sessions. Studentswho take this course will find it instrumental for writing well-developed,multi-paragraph compositions utilized at the college level. This coursegenerally utilizes the same rigorous academic content used in the AcademicEnglish curriculum. Students may select the course if they wish to devoteadditional effort in enhancing, reviewing and practicing communications artsskills. Through literary study, writing, grammar, vocabulary development, andusage, students will become proficient readers and writers, fully prepared forsenior level English 4. A component of the course is the College/Career Project.Successful completion of the College/Career Project is a graduation requirementof the North Allegheny School District.

Criteria for Selection

Recommendation of 10th Grade English teacher.

 

Academic English 3                                No.1711

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 11 Phase III                                  Credit 1.0

 

This year-long junior course is designed for motivated collegepreparatory students interested in enhancing their literary analysis abilitiesand composition skills. This course, a survey of American Literature, requiresstudents to read, interpret, and analyze poetry, essays, short stories, drama,and novels from Early American Writings and the Romantic Movement throughRegionalism and Naturalism up to Modernism and Contemporary Literature. By theend of the year, students will develop an appreciation of these unique literarystyles and genres in diverse American writings. In response to their readingand literary analyses, students develop skills for speaking and listening, forvocabulary development and also for refinement of their writing skills. Studentscontinue to use the building blocks of the writing process to develop essays ofpersuasion, compare-contrast, cause-effect, description and literary analysis thatoriginate from the literature. By incorporating multiple factors of literarystudy, writing, grammar, vocabulary development, and usage, students willbecome advanced readers and writers, fully prepared for senior level AcademicEnglish 4. A component of the course is the College/Career Project. Successfulcompletion of the College/Career Project is a graduation requirement of theNorth Allegheny School District.

Criteriafor Selection –

Recommendationof 10th grade English teacher.

 

Honors English 3                                   No.1015

Full Year/Full Time                                 HonorsWt.

Grade 11 Phase IV                                  Credit 1.0

 

Successful completion of Honors English 2 providespreparation for the extensive responsibilities of Honors English 3. Thischallenging, year-long junior course is designed for exceptional language artsstudents interested in enhancing their literary analysis abilities andcomposition skills. The focus on American Literature is highlighted by criticalreviews and analyses that demand intense and significantly high levels ofoutside reading and writing. In addition to the study of literary periods fromcolonial to modern, students read eight classic American novels. Studentscontinue to use The Writing Process for the introduction and enhancement ofmulti-paragraph essays in modes including narration, description, exposition,and persuasion. MLA style is reinforced through all research and writingassignments. An ability to think conceptually, comprehend and retain facts, andperceptively discuss literary topics is essential. Intensive integration ofvocabulary, grammar, and speaking skills are key components of this course. Thiscourse features a mandatory summer assignment in preparation for the first weekof school. A component of the course is the College/Career Project. Studentscomplete research by investigating career and college options through a varietyof online and traditional sources. The college application essay and a jobapplication cover letter are the writing foci of this unit. Successfulcompletion of the College/Career Project is a graduation requirement of theNorth Allegheny School District.

Criteria for Selection –

1.     Successful completion of HonorsEnglish 2.

2.     Recommendation of Honors English 2teacher.

3.     ‘A’ or high ‘B’ final Honors English2 grade.

4.     Overall QPA of 3.5 or higher.

 

AP English 3: Language & Composition  No. 1011

Full Year/Full Time                                 AP Wt.

Grade 11, 12 Phase IV                             Credit 1.0

 

This year-long, college-level course, intended fortop-performing juniors, develops the skills of argumentation, rhetoricalanalysis, and critical reading. The pace is aggressive, and a majority of eachsemester’s assessments are in-class, timed essays. Proficiency in grammar,confidence with timed writings, a desire for a challenging, intellectualatmosphere, and the ability to manage a significant amount of outside readingcharacterize the qualified AP English student. The literature of the coursereflects a diverse sampling of genres and historical eras. Featured authors inthe first semester include, but are not limited to, Plato, Sophocles,Shakespeare, Swift, Voltaire, Kafka, and Orwell. The second semester featuresclassic authors of American literature – Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Twain, Fitzgerald,Steinbeck, Hemingway, Frost, Salinger – and culminates in the College/CareerProject. The course also features a persuasive speaking unit, an ongoing studyof SAT-level vocabulary, and a mandatory summer assignment in preparation forthe first week of class. At the end of the year, successful students arestrongly encouraged to take the Advanced Placement English Exam and qualify forcollege credits and/or course placement. A component of the course is theCollege/Career Project. Successful completion of the College/CareerProject is a graduation requirement of the North Allegheny School District.

Criteria for Selection –

1.     Successful completion of HonorsEnglish 2.

2.     Recommendation of the Honors English2 teacher.

3.     ‘A’ in Honors English 2.

4.    Overall QPA of 3.6 or higher.

 

Essential English 4                                 No.1212

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 12 Phase I                                    Credit 1.0

 

In Essential English 4, students refine their languageskills by engaging in individual and group activities that reinforce reading,writing, critical thinking, and presentational speaking. Students readliterature ranging from traditional and contemporary classics to newspaper andmagazine articles. Students who are recommended for this course should alsoregister for Fundamentals of Democracy II (2212).

Criteria for Selection –

Recommendation of 11th grade English teacher and School Counselor.

 

English 4                                               No.1512

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 12 Phase II, III                              Credit 1.0

 

English 4, a survey course of English and World Literature,challenges Phase II/III students to interpret, analyze, and synthesizeliterature through discussion, creative projects, and critical essays. Theycontinue to enhance their core communications arts skills as developedthroughout their academic careers.  Studentsin this course will practice their composition skills in response to selectedworks of literature. Expository writing, persuasive writing, and analyticalwriting serve as the primary modes where students reinforce grammar, sentencestructure, diction, and style. This course generally utilizes the same rigorousacademic content used in the Academic English curriculum. Students may selectthe course if they wish to devote additional effort in enhancing, reviewing andpracticing communications arts skills. English 4 provides a supportiveenvironment including in-class workshops, drafting opportunities andpeer-to-peer evaluations so that students may demonstrate proficiency in theirreading and writing skills. The majority of students who select this coursewill move on to four-year colleges and other varieties of post-secondaryeducation upon graduation.

Criteria for Selection –

Recommendation of 11th grade English teacher.

 

Academic English 4                                No.1712

Full Year/Full Time

Grade 12 Phase III                                  Credit 1.0

 

In this challenging, college-preparatory course, seniorswill study British works from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. As theycritically analyze the literature in conjunction with the social, historical,and cultural forces which influence writers, students will use and developtheir reading, listening, speaking, and composition skills. The courseemphasizes expository, persuasive, and analytical writing with a focus oncritical thinking skills, mechanics, style, and voice. An in-depth term paperthat includes documented research will culminate the course. Phase 3 studentsare required to complete this final English course before joining the world ofacademic discussion, writing, and analysis.

Criteriafor Selection –

Recommendationof 11th grade English teacher.

 

Honors English 4                                   No.1017

Full Year/Full Time                                 HonorsWt.

Grade 12, Phase IV                                 Credit 1.0

 

Successful completion of the Honors English 3 class formsthe basis for students to continue their rigorous explorations of language andliterature in Honors English 4. This year-long senior course is designed fordistinguished language arts students interested in fortifying their skills inpreparation for further, extensive study at the college-level. In theliterature segment, British writers from the Anglo-Saxon to the Modern ContemporaryPeriods are critically analyzed in relation to their cultural and historicalinfluences. Intense and higher levels of outside readings will serve ascomponents of this course. Composition assignments build sequentially upon theWriting Process as students work to advance their expository skills. Additionally,literature-based compositions will be used regularly as evaluation tools. Intensiveintegration of vocabulary skills, public speaking, and word usage round out thecomponents of this course.

Criteria for Selection –

1.     Successful completion of HonorsEnglish 3.

2.     Recommendation of Honors English 3teacher.

3.     ‘A’ or High ‘B’ final grade in HonorsEnglish 3.

4.    Overall QPA of 3.5 or higher.

 

AP English 4: Literature & Composition  No. 1012

Full Year/Full Time                                 AP Wt.

Grade 12, Phase IV                                 Credit 1.0

 

Advanced Placement English is a college-level course forstudents with superior reading and writing skills as well as an interest in achallenging, fast-paced environment. In this class, students build upon and complementthe critical and analytical skills developed in AP Language and Composition(Grade 11), and students frequently write about literary selections covering awide range of authors and genres. Seventy-five percent of the course gradeentails timed, in-class essay writing; such emphasis on writing is reinforcedwith intense studies of language, structure, the nature of literary analysis,and literary theory. Authors represent a World Literature perspective, andworks by Dante, Milton, Conrad, Dostoyevsky, Camu, Patton, etc. are criticallyanalyzed. There is a very strong emphasis on Shakespeare, and students willread at least four plays, including Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear. The coursealso emphasizes the purpose of poetry. Poetic language, devices, form, andfunction are carefully studied. In May, students are strongly encouraged totake the Advanced Placement English exam and qualify for college credits and/orcourse placement.

Criteria for Selection

1.     Successful completion of AP English3: Language and Composition.

2.     Recommendation of AP English 3:Language and Composition teacher.

3.     ‘A’ or High ‘B’ final grade in HonorsEnglish 3.

4.    Overall QPA of 3.6 or higher.

 

Literature Practicum                                  No. 1001

Full Year/Part Time

Grades 11, 12                                         Credit .5

 

This course is designed to remediate and prepare students toachieve at the Proficient or Advanced level on the reading portionPennsylvania’s standardized tests. Students will utilize a variety ofresources, such as Acuity Assessments, preparation workbooks, and the NorthAllegheny English curriculum to review and to be introduced to concepts coveredon standardized state tests. The topics covered will reinforce and supplementwhat the students are learning in their core English courses by aligning theseconcepts with the eligible content that is assessed on the state exams. Studentswill be given the opportunity to gauge their progress and predict their successon the state exams by using the Acuity Assessments and other comparableassessment tools. For students who are required to take the course, they maytest out of the course if they achieve a proficient score on equivalency testsadministered at the end of each semester.

Criteria for Selection

Scoring at the Basic or Below Basic level on the most recentReading portion of the PA State Standardized test or a series of systemicbenchmark assessments.

 

 

English as a Second Language               No.1009

Full Year/Full Time

Grades 11, 12

 

English as a Second Language is an academic discipline thatis designed to teach English Language Learners academic language and socialskills, as well as cultural aspects of the English language necessary tosucceed in the academic environment. The English as a Second Language involvesteaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening at appropriate developmentaland proficiency levels with little or no use of the native language. English asa Second Language course replaces a student’s required participation in Englishand is aligned with PA Academic Standards. Students must meet District criteriaand undergo an evaluation to determine eligibility for the program. Based onthe Basic Education Circular of July, 2001, Non-English speaking studentsreceive 10 to 15 hours of ESL instruction per week, Beginning Level studentsreceive 10 hours per week, Intermediate Level students receive 5 to 7 ½ hoursper week, and Advanced Level students receive 5 hours per week.

 

 

Newspaper 11, 12

Full Year/Full Time                                 Credit 1.0

Grade 11                                                No.1803

Grade 12                                                No.1404

 

In this workshop course, students have the opportunity tolearn the skills of a journalist as they publish the North Star,the Senior High School Newspaper. These young correspondents study firstamendment issues and ethical reporting. Students will better their writingskills and learn how to take and edit digital photos, all while producing news,features, editorials, and human interest stories. Students also work with ateam to lay out the pages of each edition.

Criteria for SelectionRecommendation of an English teacher.

 

Yearbook 11, 12

Full Year/Full Time                                 Credit 1.0   

Grade 11                                                No.1903

Grade 12                                                No.1504

 

In this workshop course, students plan, write, organize, anddesign the High School Yearbook, SAFARI, under the supervision ofthe Yearbook Advisor. Students with previous yearbook experience and advancedskills in writing, photography, and computer literacy are encouraged to enrollin this class. Due to the workload and multiple production deadlines,after-school and weekend meetings are required. Students must complete anapplication form and submit it to the Yearbook Advisor during an interviewprocess before they may enroll in the course. After the advisor approvesthe application, students then complete the course selection sheet which islater processed through the School Counseling Office.

Criteria for Selection

1.     One year of yearbook experience.

2.     Completed application.

3.    Interview with advisor.

 

Creative Writing 1: Poetry                       No.1604

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12 Phases I-IV                        Credit .5

 

In this course, creative writers explore self-expression byexposing themselves to a variety of poetic structures and techniques. Theylearn the nature of sound, language, and ideas as they are expressed in poetryby reading and discussing both contemporary and traditional works. With theassistance of their peers, students compile a collection of original poetrythat they share in class. Students conduct extensive peer editing sessions,maintain a writing journal throughout the course, and read and respond to awide collection of poetry. Creative Writing students also engage in discussionsand writing about creating art, exploring artistry, and the nature of artisticwork. Students with a strong background in English/Language Arts are encouragedto take the course and should expect to read and write daily during the semester. 

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

Creative Writing 2: Poetry                       No.1614

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12 Phases I-IV                        Credit .5

 

Creative Writing 2: Poetry builds upon the foundationsestablished in Creative Writing 1: Poetry by continuing to explore the genre inmore deliberate and satisfying ways. In addition to writing, submitting, andreading original works of poetry, students will be expected to play more activeleadership roles in peer editing sessions, lead student workshops in class, andparticipate in the development of Variations, the Senior HighSchool Literary Magazine. While discussions of art and art making persist,Creative Writing 2: Poetry students will be much more engaged in submittingtheir work for publication and actively working with poetry organizationsoutside of the District. Students with a strong background in English/LanguageArts are encouraged to take the course and should expect to read and writedaily during the semester.

Criteria for Selection –

Successful completion of Creative Writing 1: Poetry.

 

Creative Writing 1: Fiction                      No.1704

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12; Phase III-IV                      Credit .5

 

This course is open to both juniors and seniors interestedin the art of storytelling and the process of writing fictional pieces. Thecourse is offered with no prerequisite and is a semester-long program. Studentsenrolled in the course will experience opportunities to read, respond to, andcreate a variety of fictional pieces. A highly collaborative course designcomplete with in-class workshops, peer-to-peer discussion, and online postingoffers students an environment to develop their writing skills andconfidence. Writing short stories, scripts, and other varieties of fictionwriting are core projects. All types of writers interested in expressingcreativity through the art of storytelling are encouraged to take this course. Studentsenrolled in this course will be encouraged to read and write on a daily basis.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

CreativeWriting 2: Fiction                    No. 1714

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12; Phase III-IV                      Credit .5

 

This course builds upon the interests and skills developedthrough Creative Writing 1: Fiction. This course is open to juniors and seniorsand requires Creative Writing 1: Fiction as a prerequisite. This course focusesheavily on the individual pursuit of publishing works of fiction and exploringthe genre of fiction writing. Writers enrolled in this course are expected tobe more actively involved in the process of peer review and develop more skilland focus in the art of storytelling and fictional writing. A highlycollaborative course design complete with individual submissions andpublication attempts encourages the writer to become a strong voice and moreconfident author. Writers that are primarily interested in expressingcreativity through the art of storytelling are encouraged to take this course.Students enrolled in this course will be encouraged to read and write on adaily basis.

Criteria for Selection – Successful completion of CreativeWriting 1: Fiction.

 

Contemporary Novels                             No.1715

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12; Phase II-III-IV                   Credit .5

 

Contemporary Novels provides a vehicle for the avid readerto choose and explore novels that have a particular appeal to high schoolstudents. Throughout the course, students will experience unique fictionaladventures, compelling debates, innovative writing styles, andthought-provoking lessons. Utilizing various types of literary criticism willenhance students’ ability to engage in lively classroom and online discussionof texts. Reader response journals, creative writing, theme-related activities,and Socratic Seminars will present additional opportunities for individualexpression. This elective promotes reading as a life-long habit, exposes studentsto themes, concepts, and philosophies that may challenge their current comfortlevels, and encourages the acceptance of diverse ideas in an increasinglyglobal environment. The teacher and the students agree as a group on two orthree contemporary novels to be read throughout the semester.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

Speech                                                   No.1805

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12; Phase II-III-IV                   Credit .5

 

In an interactive setting designed to develop publicspeaking skills and techniques, students will also work on acquiring listeningskills. Students present a wide variety of speech types ranging frominformative and persuasive to impromptu and issues-oriented topics. Studentswill also explore how modern technology can shape and assist theirpresentations. Additionally, students will learn how to tailor their speechesto meet the needs of a specific audience. College-bound students find this anexcellent introduction to the basics of public speaking while general studentsdevelop a strong sense of confidence. Although not required, this courseis highly recommended for all levels.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

Acting 1: Taking the Stage                       No.1405

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12 Phases II-III-IV                   Credit .5

 

This energetic course calls all actors, and those who simplylove acting, to engage in the art of performing on stage. Working through amultitude of performance-based projects ranging from improvisation to scenework, participants engage in performance every day. Everyone has heard thecliché, “It is not what you said, but how you said it!” For the stage, this isthe key! Discussion and analysis will focus on going beyond obvious textualinferences and implications by examining the role nonverbal communication playsin providing 85% of all messages. All participants will be eligible to attendfantastic field experiences in both local and out of state field trips. Allfield experiences are student funded. Ultimately, this course will help toprovide each student with skills for speaking and presenting in public forums. Allstudents taking the course will be encouraged to participate in the productionof the fall play and spring musical, but they are not required to do so.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

Acting 2: Drama In Motion                       No.1505

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12 Phases II-III-IV                   Credit .5

 

Based on the analysis of some of today’s Pulitzer Prizewinning authors, this performance-based course asks participants to analyzewhole scripts as a large group and apply key elements by participating inpaired scene work. Geared for those students who enjoy analyzing “what is saidbetween the lines,” this course helps performers learn the value ofincorporating subtext as a basis for motivation on the stage. All students willanalyze and perform approximately four pieces. In addition, a separate unit onChildren’s Theater will require all to adapt favorite childhood stories intoskits for the stage; a collection of student generated material will bepolished and then presented in field experiences at the elementary level.Ultimately, this course will help those students interested in going beyond theobvious thematic intent of an author to unravel and create stronginterpretations for the stage.

Criteriafor Selection – None.

 

 

Honors Shakespeare                              No.  1911

Semester/Full Time                                 HonorsWt.

Grades 11, 12                                         Credit.5

 

This seminar-style semester Honors elective is designed forstudents who wish to further their appreciation of Shakespeare beyond the playstaught in the English core curriculum. The course combines text and filmanalysis, with special emphasis on Shakespeare’s enduring influence on modernculture. Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies receive equalattention. Plays may include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado AboutNothing, The Tempest, King Lear, Othello, Richard III and Henry V,reflecting the variety of Shakespeare’s dramatic talent. Course work consistsof written responses, digital video and audio projects, and short dramaticperformances. A genuine interest in a participatory, collaborative, creative,and intellectual literary environment characterizes the qualified student.

Criteria for Selection

1.    B+ (88%) or above average in English classes. 

2.    English teacher’s recommendation.

 

Honors Argument                                   No.1908

Semester/Full Time                                 HonorsWt.

Grades 11, 12                                         Credit.5

 

This course is designed to introduce students to thefundamentals of argument. Students will construct, present and refute argumentsand develop critical thinking skills necessary for worthwhile evaluation andcriticism of argument. Students will become more articulate as well assensitive to the intricacies of argument, debate, and discourse. Students willlearn, apply, and practice argument theory and philosophical constructs. Inaddition, students will demonstrate their skills in research and argumentationthrough performance activities, including, but not limited to, StudentCongress, L/D Debate, Mock Trial, and Policy Team Debate. Honors Argument isoffered as a College in High School class in cooperation with the Universityof Pittsburgh. Students may choose to receive three college credits fromthe University at reduced tuition rates.

Criteria for Selection

1.     B+ (88%) or above average in English classes.

2.    English teacher’s recommendation.

 

Television Production 1                          No.1111

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12                                         Credit .5

 

In this course, students will have the opportunity toexperience the real-world of television production in a quality, multi-cameraproduction studio. This course will focus on the history of broadcasting (bothradio and television), the influences of broadcast media on society, elementsof cinematography, filming, digital editing, scripting, story boarding, specialeffects, technical aspects, broadcasting as a business, and news production.Students with an interest in all forms of broadcasting, journalism,communications, and video production are encouraged to take this class. Thereare no prerequisites for this class. However, Television Production 1, 2, and 3are required prerequisites for enrollment in Advanced TV.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

Television Production 2                          No.1112

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12                                         Credit .5

 

In Television Production 2, students will have theopportunity to engage in complex and professional television production.Greater technical knowledge and advanced filming and editing techniques will becovered, including green-screening, graphics, special effects, interviewingtechniques, news production, and web-casting. All elements of pre-production,production, and post-production will be covered and utilized in real-worldexperiences. Potential careers in broadcasting will be explored through toursof professional broadcasting facilities as well as presentations byprofessional broadcasters. In addition, video pieces will be created for theSchool District’s Cable Channel, NATV. This class includes a focus on thefollowing aspects of broadcasting: sports, news, and entertainment. Studentswith an interest in all forms of broadcasting, communications, journalism, andvideo production are encouraged to take this class.

Note: Television Production 1, 2, and 3 are requiredprerequisites for enrollment in Advanced TV.

Criteria for Selection –

Successful completion of Television Production 1 (1111).

 

Television Production 3                          No.1113

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12                                         Credit .5

 

This is a production oriented course in which students willhave the opportunity to utilize previously learned skills in a daily livebroadcast of the NASH Morning Show as well as other programming for the SchoolDistrict’s Cable Channel, NATV, including sports, news and entertainment.Students who are highly self-motivated and interested in a career inbroadcasting, journalism, or communications are encouraged to take this class. Note:Television Production 1, 2, and 3 are required prerequisites for enrollment inAdvanced TV.

Criteria for Selection –

Successful completion of Television Production 2 (1112).

 

Advanced Television Production             No. 1114

Semester/Full Time

Grade 12                                                Credit .5

 

Students enrolled in this class will have the opportunity,and the responsibility, to produce professional programming for the SchoolDistrict’s Cable Channel, NATV. This class is divided into four divisions:sports, entertainment, news, and programming management. Each student isassigned the leadership/management of a division and will be managing a crew ofBroadcast Media 2 and Broadcast Media 3 students. Careers in broadcasting andother forms of media will be explored in detail.

Criteria for Selection –

Successful completion of Television Production 1 (1111),Television Production 2 (1112), and Television Production 3 (1113).

 

Film Studies                                         No.1912

Semester/Full Time

Grades 11, 12                                        Credit.5

 

Film Studies will introduce students to the vocabulary offilm analysis and to the body of scholarly criticism that elevates landmarkfilms to the status of literary art. As a complement to Introduction to FilmStudies at NAI, the NASH Film Studies course will focus on the narrativestructure and filmic techniques that contribute to unity of meaning in wholefilms. The course will explore a representative film from each of the followingcategories/genres: Silent Films, Film Noir, Golden Era drama, the Avant-Garde,Documentaries, Foreign Films, Modern Classics, and Contemporary IndependentFilm. In addition to the close visual study of film, students will engage incritical readings and response writing throughout the semester. The course willopen with an introduction to the basic principles of film composition, thusestablishing a common language for the close analysis of film technique as thecourse progresses.

Criteria for Selection – None.

 

rength of character.

Criteriafor Selection – None.

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