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   Short Story
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    In study, the short story offers the same challenges and builds the same core skills as a novel-based course, but the inherently short nature of the genre will allow students to encounter many more literary works and authors than normally possible in a literature course. The course includes both classic and contemporary short fiction and nonfiction pieces from a variety authors. Here, students will examine the major literary elements of the short story genre, such as plot, theme, point of view, character, setting, symbol, irony, and many others.
  Drama
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    This course is an opportunity for students to not only study the context and elements of classic and contemporary drama, but also to interpret pieces of American, British, and Greek literature and learn how to write dramatic literature at a slower pace. Students in this course will develop their literary analysis skills, as well as interpretation, writing, and public speaking skills. Throughout the semester, students will analyze and respond critically to the development of theater, analyze and evaluate characterization through monologue, soliloquy, and dialogue, and evaluate a variety of literature through plot, character, and theme analysis; moreover, students will learn to interpret dramatic and satirical literature as intended by the author's purpose in a supported environment.
  Debate
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    This course will develop the communication and writing abilities of each student, while emphasizing the principles of debate, including: teamwork, excellent communication, strong leadership, and advanced speaking and listening skills. As a result, students will improve their ability to persuade through thoughtful, analytical, and organized research. College credit (3 cr) is available for this course through Seton Hill University. Click h​ ere​ for more information on Dual Enrollment.
   English Literature Prep
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    This semester course is recommended for all juniors who did not attain the level of “proficient” or “advanced” on the Keystone Literature Exam in tenth grade or those in need of additional reinforcement in the areas of reading and writing. In this course, students will engage in topics such as comprehension and reading skills, reading critically and independently, and interpretation and analysis of fiction and nonfiction. At the conclusion of the course, students will have the opportunity to take the Winter/Spring Keystone Literature Exam as developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students must pass the Keystone Literature Exam in order to meet Pennsylvania State Requirements for graduation.
This course is not approved for ​NCAA credit​. PREREQUISITE: Student must have the following:
● Composite score of Basic or Below Basic on Keystone Literature exam. Or
● Teacher recommendation.
   Short Story Foundations
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    In study, the short story offers the same challenges and builds the same core skills as a novel-based fiction unit, but the inherently short nature of the genre will allow students to encounter many more literary works and authors than normally possible in a literature course. The elective includes both classic and contemporary short fiction and nonfiction pieces from a variety of American and world authors. Here, students will examine the major literary elements of the short story genre, such as plot, theme, point of view, character, setting, symbol, irony, and many others. PREREQUISITE: Student must have the following:
● Composite score of Basic or Below Basic on PSSA Reading (8th grade) and/or Keystone Literature exam. Or
● Teacher recommendation
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