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   Drama Foundations
 129
   11-12
    1
   .5
    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.
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.
 English: Writing Courses
NOTE: ​Students must complete 4 semester courses in English their junior and senior year, one of which must be a writing course​. ​Each AP course is equivalent to one literature and one writing course.
   TITLE
     COURSE #
   GRADE
   SEMESTERS
  CREDITS
 College Writing
  130
    11-12
     1
    .5
    This course is designed for college-bound students who would like to improve their writing, researching, and creativity in preparation for the rigors of writing for college courses. In this semester course, students will be introduced to various types of writing that they might be assigned in college courses. Writing will be approached as a process, focusing not just on the end product, but also on the steps taken in order to produce a final piece.
Students will write journals, personal essays, analytical essays, persuasive essays, and other types of writing​. ​Course objectives include writing grammatically correct prose, improving writing style, and using the computer to produce documents and manuscripts. ​College credit (3 cr) is available for this course through Seton Hill University. Click h​ ere for more information on Dual Enrollment.
   Research Writing
 131
   11-12
    1
   .5
    In this writing course, students will prepare for the rigor of college-level research. While basic research and writing skills are prerequisites, this course will foster mastery through a variety of research-based projects that require topic selection, research, media literacy, accurate citation, editing, and publishing. Here, students will recognize the significance of research as an important communication tool while exploring best practices, such as understanding and avoiding plagiarism, comprehension and application of various citation styles, and much more.
  Creative Writing
 133
   11-12
    1
   .5
    Creative writing is an opportunity for students to develop their creativity while exploring various modes of creative expression in both fiction and nonfiction, including OpEd,Poetry, Monologue, short story, and memoir. Students will utilize various forms, techniques and devices to express their ideas about the human story. Students will study and analyze examples of the various forms, and exhibit this understanding through incorporating the styles and structures into their own writing. As a result, students will recognize that, while creative writing allows for a great deal of freedom, it also requires great discipline and focus.
  Literature and Film
 134
   11-12
    1
   .5
    This writing course focuses on analyzing literature and critiquing elements of film. Students will examine film by comparing and contrasting it to its literary counterpart. Students will discuss and write about the films and literature in terms literary analysis: character, mood, plot, purpose, setting, theme, tone, and other related devices. This analytical approach to reading, viewing, and writing will feature a variety of films and literature.
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