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This course was developed as an introduction to debate. It is to prepare students within understanding of logic, rhetoric and argumentation. Students learn and practice the basics of debate from the beginning of the school year through the semester. Classes practice argumentation, research, writing, reasoning, evidence, persuasion, and public speaking. Because debate is an interscholastic activity, we expect students in this course to attedn and observe at least one tournament per nine weeks.
The second semester will be an introduction to forenscis and students will be required to compete second semester.
This class prepares students in the art of communication and critical thinking. Students compete against other schools mastering the art of persuasion, rhetoric, and competative speech. Students understand the basis of research, organization and project development.
This is a 9 week elective course that will focus on public speaking. All students will write and deliver a variety of speeches which persuade, inform or entertain their audience. Students will also write legislation and debate this legislation in a mock Congress unit.
Junior AP Language and Composition
An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming
skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their
reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes,
audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the
Senior AP Literature and Composition
The AP English Literature and Composition course prepares college-bound students for the rigors of college-level reading and writing. The course provides an intensive study of representative works from both American and British literature from Shakespeare to modern day. The course teaches students to interpret pieces of literature through careful observation of textual details, including theme, style and structure. Students analyze the historical and social values reflected in various literary works as well as the authorís use of literary devices and figurative language, with special emphasis placed on symbolism, imagery and tone. The course allows for frequent opportunities for students to write and revise timed, in-class compositions, as well as formal, extended analyses.
Senior Announcements and Class Information
The Pre-AP course is intended to prepare students to excel in the Advanced Placement English courses in their junior and senior years. Therefore, students will learn to carefully and critically read and analyze both literature and non-fiction prose. Analysis will include such subjects as author’s structure and style, arguments and themes, along with social and historical relevance of literary texts. Both archetypal and rhetorical analysis will be heavily stressed. Students will also be immersed in the study of composition in order to write more effectively.