English Electives

  • ENGLISH ELECTIVES

    These electives are one-half year courses which may be taken in addition to (not in place of) the regular English courses.

    CREATIVE WRITING I *
    ½ Year - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 9-12
    This workshop course will provide an opportunity for students to do original imaginative writing based on the study of models from observation, experience, and literature. Students will work on descriptive, narrative and persuasive prose, as well as dialogue and poetry. Student writing will be shared with the class, evaluated and critiqued by both the instructor and the class.
    CREATIVE WRITING II *
    ½ Year - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 10-12 Prerequisite: Creative Writing I
    This workshop course will provide a further opportunity for students to do original imaginative writing. Much of the writing will still be based on the study of models from observation, experience, and literature, but the student will have more of an opportunity to work on individual projects or consider a form in depth. Student writing will be shared with the class, evaluated and critiqued by both the instructor and the class.
    JOURNALISM *
    ½ Year - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 9-12
    Students will practice the various forms of news writing (straight, feature, editorial, etc.). In addition, the class will include units in the use of graphics, advertising, photography, and typography in a variety of layout formats. Students will be exposed to contemporary technology including word processing and desktop publishing.
    PUBLICATION JOURNALISM
    Fall Semester - ½ Credit
    This course will focus on new formats of digital technology being used in yearbooks, newspapers, periodicals and other modern publications. Along with learning the specific writing styles of journalism, the students will be introduced to computer programs like PageMaker, Quark and Photoshop. Students will have the opportunity to publish their photos, writing, graphic images and layout in our very own Harbor Tide yearbook. Elements of the business end of journalism will also be addressed.
    WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY?: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
    ½ Year - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 10-12
    The course is designed to foster curiosity, awareness and respect for the English language through a variety of materials and activities. Such involvement will not only increase the student's vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, but it will also engender a greater appreciation of language. On a practical level, the course is intended to increase scores on PSATs, SATs, Regents English Examinations, and other significant standardized tests. Through increased language awareness, students will elevate levels of thinking.
    TOURNAMENT SPEECH *
    Fall Semester - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 9-12
    This course is for instruction in and preparation for events offered in competition: oral interpretation of poetry/prose, dramatic interpretation, original oratory, duo interpretation, and declamation. Participation in tournaments is mandatory. Students are required to supply adult judges for the tournaments.
    PUBLIC SPEAKING
    Spring Semester - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 9-12
    The course offers instruction and practice in techniques of effective communication in both formal and informal situations. Students will write and deliver speeches they might actually use, among them the following: eulogy, wedding toast, acceptance speech, presentation speech, interview, speech of thanks, birthday/anniversary presentation, and persuasive speech. Practice in dramatic and oral interpretation will also be offered. Participants will be evaluated and critiqued by both the instructor and the class.
    WOMEN IN LITERATURE
    ½ Year - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 10-12
    The course will explore the role of women in literature from early times to the present day. The course will examine the way women writers reflect on their own lives, the way they reflect on the female role, and the way male writers depict women in their works. Students will read a variety of genres dealing with all age groups. Students will be encouraged to write about their reading and their own experiences. The course will have guest speakers, and students may be required to participate in field trips.
    FILM
    ½ Year - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 10-12
    The course is designed for students interested in developing film literacy. The interpretation of theme, metaphor, and symbolism will be examined in a visual medium. Screen writing, direction, cinematography, and other technical aspects of film making (set construction, sound editing, transitional device, camera movement, special effects, etc.) will be studied. Students will keep a log of all films shown in class and will be required to make an oral or visual presentation as part of their final grade.

    Sports Literature and Society

    ½ Year - ½ Credit Offered: Grades 10-12 Syllabus

    Throughout the semester, we will study each sport in separate units, using the following two categories as vehicles for study:

    Sports as Literature: Sport functions as its own literature, complete with its distinct language, characters, conflicts, themes, symbols, setting, and, of course, points of view. We will be using a wide array of non-fiction sports writing, including articles, columns and essays, in addition to a variety of clips from TV journalism and cinematic documentaries to examine and analyze how language and image are used to establish a story: the always changing, always controversial story of sport.

    Sports Literature: Naturally, we will be reading and dissecting an expansive collection of sport novels, short stories and poems and viewing an assortment of sport films en route to discovering how and why authors and directors use the world of sport to tell their stories.

    INDEPENDENT STUDY
    ½ Year - ½ Credit Prerequisite: Recommendation of English staff and Guidance.
    Independent Study is a means by which students can be scheduled for work in English when they cannot be scheduled in any other way.

    *The possibility of an honors designation based on an individual contract approved by the department exists in these electives. This contract will be performance based. Honors designation will not be indicated before the course is completed.