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Communicative Arts

Introduction to Forensics

This course will teach the skills needed to compete on the high school speech team. Students will write and perform speeches and memorize and perform humorous and dramatic pieces. Students will be required to compete in at least two novice tournaments each semester which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Intermediate Forensics

Students will continue to develop skills learned in Introduction to Forensics. Competing in a minimum of two varsity tournaments in the same event each semester will be required which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Advanced Forensics

Students will learn how to judge speech competitions and how to run tournaments.  Participation in a minimum of four tournaments in two events per semester will be required which will require additional time beyond the school day.  Students may take this course more than one year for credit.

Popular Culture Studies

Students will examine television, movies, music, advertising, Internet, film and televised news. Students will analyze messages that the media sends, including investigating the motives of those who produce them. 

Journalistics Writing

Journalistic Writing will train students to be student journalists and prepare them to become members of the yearbook or newspaper staff.  Students will learn interviewing and a variety of types of writing, including news writing, feature writing, and opinion writing.  This class is required for any student wishing to apply for Newspaper, Yearbook or Video Yearbook.

Newspaper Production

Students will apply for a position on the newspaper staff which they will hold all year.  They will produce 7-10 issues per year and maintain an online news website, which will require additional time beyond the school day.  In addition, students will have opportunities to enter state and national competitions and attend conferences.  Experienced students will hold positions of greater responsibility.

Yearbook Production

Students will apply for a position on the yearbook staff which they will hold all year.  Students will produce a 200+ page yearbook and maintain an online news website which will require additional time beyond the school day.  In addition, students will have opportunities to enter state and national contests and attend conferences. Experienced students will hold positions of greater responsibility.

Video Yearbook

Students will apply for a position on the video yearbook staff which they will hold all year. Students will produce a 60 minute video yearbook and maintain an online news website, which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Introduction to Theatre

Students will explore the world of theatre through theatre games and activities, improvisation and scene work. The student will take on the role of actor, director, technician, designer, playwright, researcher and critic. Students will be required to attend school productions and perform in a recital/showcase at the end of the year which will require time beyond the school day.

Intermediate Theatre

Students will study periods and styles of performance, dramatic literature and technical theatre as actor, director, technician, designer, playwright, researcher, and critic through scene work, games and production of a one-act play. Students will produce shorts plays for touring to elementary schools and possibly festival competition. Students will be required to complete technical theatre (backstage) lab hours on school productions as well as attend and participate in performances outside of class time which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Advanced Theatre I

Students will continue their study through application of rehearsal and performance skills, including varied approaches to acting, advanced technical theatre, and possibly for festival or NSAA competition. Students will be required to complete technical theatre (backstage) lab hours on school productions as well as attend and participate in performances outside of class time which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Advanced Theatre II

Students will continue their study through application of rehearsal and performance skills, including varied approaches to acting, advanced technical theatre, directing, producing plays for possible touring in the spring.  Students will be required to complete tech lab hours on school productions as well as attend and participate in performances outside of class time which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Performance Studies I

Production based course for students interested in studying theatre after high school. Students take on leadership roles for school and independent productions, and possibly for NSAA competition.  Portfolios and résumés will be developed with a focus on careers in theatre production and education.  In addition, students will continue further study in specific areas of theatre. Students must complete technical theatre lab hours as well as attend and participate in performances outside of class time which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Performance Studies II

Production based course for students interested in studying theatre after high school. Students take on leadership roles for school and independent productions, and possibly for NSAA competition.  Portfolios and résumés will be developed with a focus on careers in theatre production and education.  In addition, students will continue further study in specific areas of theatre. Students must complete technical theatre lab hours as well as attend and participate in performances outside of class time which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Stagecraft

Students will explore the world of technical theatre through work in scenery, scenic art, properties, sound, lighting and costumes. Students will be required to complete technical theatre (backstage) lab hours on school productions, as well as attend and participate in performances outside of class time which will require additional time beyond the school day.

Stagecraft Year 2:  Students will further explore the world of technical theatre, putting in 10 technical theatre (backstage) lab hours and as well as serving on running crew for one show per semester.

Stagecraft Year 3:  Students will further explore the world of technical theatre, with the addition of designing major elements for a show each semester.  Students will be expected to serve on a running crew for one show each semester.

Stagecraft Year 4:  Students will further explore the world of technical theatre with the addition of more design, crew chief, and mentoring responsibilities.

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