Humanities Course Descriptions

American Literature-P                                                                                              

College prep, grade 11, year-long class

This course will give students advanced practice in reading and writing through a survey of great works in American Literature.  Students will practice a range of expository writing forms, sharpen their research skills and experiment with creative and critical analysis.  Reading and writing assignments will encourage a growing understanding of disparate people and perspectives, contrasting opinions and shared experiences. 

AP English Language & Comp-P                                                                                           

College prep, grade 11, year-long class

Prerequisites: completion of a summer reading/writing assignment prior to first day of fall semester

This course is designed to enable motivated students to read and interpret complex texts from a variety of rhetorical contexts and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.  While prose reading is the primary emphasis, AP Language and Composition students will also be exposed to fiction of recognized literary merit, specifically American Literature. 

Contemporary Literature-P                                                                                 

College prep, grade 12, year-long class

This course extends the expectations of the established Inspire English program and asks students to refine and apply their creative and critical skills, culminating in a personalized final project.  Readings will include recognized contemporary works of literary merit in several genres:  short story, essay, narrative non-fiction, novel, speech, poetry, drama.  Any classical literature used will be connected to contemporary issues.  

AP English Literature & Comp-P                                                                           

College prep, grade 12, year-long class

Prerequisites: completion of a summer reading/writing assignment prior to first day of fall semester

This course is designed for motivated students with an interest in exploring and analyzing challenging classical and contemporary literature, and a desire to analyze and interpret dominant literary genres and themes.  While literature and composition is the emphasis, students will also be expected to read and analyze complex prose from a variety of rhetorical contexts.

Creative Writing

Grades 9-12, semester-long class

Prerequisite: none

This course is for those students who enjoy writing and taking risks with their imaginations. We will read creative works by classic and cutting-edge writers and focus on what makes vivid, effective and engaging writing across the genres. We will particularly but not exclusively emphasize fiction and poetry. (Class may be repeated.)

English 9-P

College prep,grade 9, year-long class
 
This course is designed for students with high academic goals. Students are expected to be critical thinkers who possess effective reading and writing skills. Course expectations include completion of a research paper, writing of analytical essays based on literary works, expanding vocabulary, and giving oral presentations. Major units include the short story, formal research paper, a Shakespeare's classic, novel, and poetry. Course may include outside readings from a designated reading list.
 

Honors English 9-P                                                                                             

College prep, grade 9, year-long

Prerequisite: completion of a summer reading/writing assignment prior to the first day of fall semester

This course follows the structure of the English 9 college prep course; however, in addition to the expectations of that course, Honors students will be expected to maintain a grade of B- or above and are required to complete a summer reading assignment that includes essay and journal responses. Students will also be expected to develop a proposal for an end-of-the year project that looks deeply at a student-chosen/teacher-approved novel or non-fiction book.


English 10-P                                                                    

College prep, grade 10, year-long class

This course is designed for students with high academic goals.  Course expectations include writing a research paper, developing advanced grammar skills, and practicing speaking and writing in various thematic units. Students will read and respond to major literary works through extensive written assignments and oral presentations. Major units include the short story, novel, memoir, formal research paper, Shakespeare and poetry. Course will include outside reading of novels.

Honors English 10-P                                                                                            

College prep, grade 10, year-long class

Prerequisite: completion of a summer reading/writing assignment prior to the first day of fall semester

This course follows the structure of the English 10 college prep course; however, in addition to the expectations of that course, Honors students will be expected to maintain a grade of B- or above and are required to complete a summer reading assignment that includes essay and journal responses. Students will also be expected to develop a proposal for an end-of-the year project that looks deeply at a student-chosen/teacher-approved novel or non-fiction book.

Film and Fiction                                                                                                             

Grades 9-12, semester-long class

This course explores a variety of topics in both film and literature such as learning how to “read” a film. We will study the language of film and look specifically at how filmmakers use composition, lighting, editing, camera angles, music, and editing to create an overall effect and message. We will also examine the complex relationship between film and written works—selected novels and short stories will be analyzed in relation to the film versions. 

French 1-P                                                                                                                

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: “C” or above in previous math and English classes, cum GPA of 2.5 or better, or teacher permission.

In French 1 the emphasis is on learning the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing of French. The students will learn short dialogues and vocabulary, repeat sentences that contain grammatical patterns, and build conversation through daily practice. To further develop the use of French, the students present short skits and plays, learn French songs and vocabulary games, see films, videos, and colored slides about French speaking countries.

French 2-P                                                                                                                

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: French 1 with grade of B- or above/or teacher approval.

This second year course in French is a continuation of the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing that the students were acquiring in French 1.  Students work more on the speaking, writing, reading, and listening in the past, present and future tenses. Students present short skits and plays, learn French songs and vocabulary games, see films, videos, and colored slides about French speaking countries.

French 3-P                                                                                                              

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: French 2 with grade of B- or above/or teacher approval.

This is the third year course in French.  This class takes the skills learned in French 1 and 2 and builds off them to expand student’s knowledge and skill.  They begin using more complicated sentences and tenses, and begin reading short pieces of literature.  They also begin to write a page or more at a time in French.  Students present short skits and plays, learn French songs and vocabulary games, see films, videos, and colored slides about French speaking countries.

French 4-P                                                                                                              

College prep, grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: French 3 with grade of B- or above/or teacher approval.

This is the fourth year course in French and continues to build on the skills learned in French 3.  French 4 focuses on advanced grammar, reading, and writing in French.  Whole works of literature are read in their entirety, along with poems and other short stories and excerpts of literature.  Students write a few pages of French at a time, working towards writing an analytical essay in French about a piece of writing. Students present short skits and plays; learn French songs and vocabulary games, see films, videos, and colored slides about French speaking countries.


History of Rock

Grades 9-12, semester-long class

This course will explore the early history of rock music, including its antecedents in Country and Rhythm & Blues. It will encompass two areas of study: an analysis of musical characteristics and evolving styles, and a consideration of the sociopolitical impact rock music has had on the second half of the 20th century. Students will also discuss rock’s influence on other forms of art, such as film and poetry.

Humanities Café

Grades 9-12, semester-long class

Prerequisite:  B average in English or teacher approval 

This elective course will study the human condition as it is creatively expressed in literature as well as visual art, music and foreign film.  Students will explore themes of identity, social roles, survival, human connection, the struggle for personal fulfillment, and the power and vision of the imagination.

Performing Arts Foundation

Grades 9-12, year-long class

Are you interested in the performing arts: acting, singing, or design? Do you want to learn about drama, comedy, musical theatre, stage combat, make-up, costume design, lighting, scenic design or any aspect of stage productions? Then the Performing Arts Foundation class is for you. This class will be team taught by our performing arts staff members. Students will learn the basic history of and will develop an aesthetic appreciation for the theatrical and vocal performing arts. At the end of the year, students will perform in a culmination production to show off the skills developed by the completion of the course. All that is needed is a strong desire to learn. This class is open to all grade levels and is a prerequisite for most of the performing arts advanced classes so get started today! Freshmen may concurrently enroll in classes such as Musical Theatre 1, Dance 1, and Theatre Design if they want to further their exploration of the subject.​​​


Spanish 1-P                                                                                                              
 
College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class                                

Prerequisite: “C” or above in previous math and English classes, cum GPA of 2.5 or better, or teacher permission.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the Spanish language and culture. Oral communicative language is stressed using controlled vocabulary in everyday conversations. The Hispanic culture and language is studied via storyboards, slides, movies, and readings. Art, technology, power point presentations, projects, games, TPR (total physical response) strategies and music are used, as are theatrical skits, to enhance language usage. 100% target language is a main focus in this course. 

Spanish 2-P                                                                                                             

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1 with a grade of “B-“or better and teacher recommendation

Spanish 2 is a continuation of the first year with emphasis on broadening of speaking, reading, understanding, and writing skills. Students write and perform dialogues, videos and theatrical pieces using more complex and subject specific vocabulary and concepts. Movies and power point presentations are used to explore and study Spanish and Latin American cultures. 100% target language is a main focus in this course. 

Spanish 3-P                                                                                                          

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 2 with a grade of “B-“or better and teacher recommendation. 

A continuation of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, more verb tenses and more sophisticated grammar is studied. Students learn more about Hispanic culture and attitudes via movies, documentaries, magazines, newscasts, culturally authentic materials and short literary works in Spanish. 100% target language is a main focus in this course. 

Spanish 4-P                                                                                                          

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 with a grade of “B” or better and teacher recommendation. 

This course is a continuation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. More detailed grammar is studied, but an emphasis will be placed on using the language in context. Students will learn more about Spanish-speaking countries’ cultures and attitudes via movies, magazines, literature, and other culturally authentic materials. This class will be for those who are interested in enhancing their language skills and cultural knowledge, but who do not wish to take the AP exam. 100% target language is a main focus in this course.   

AP Spanish-P                                                                                                

College prep, grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 with a grade of “B” or better and teacher recommendation. 

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue on with a program of reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. This course has a special emphasis on studying Spanish via thematic units, using classical and contemporary literature, along with authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Grammar and vocabulary acquisition are continued. Students are presented with all preparatory materials for the AP exams. 100% target language is a main focus in this course. Texts: Pasajes, Repaso, Nuevas Vistas, Galeria and Album.


Spanish 1-P                                                                                                              
 
College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class                                

Prerequisite: “C” or above in previous math and English classes, cum GPA of 2.5 or better, or teacher permission.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the Spanish language and culture. Oral communicative language is stressed using controlled vocabulary in everyday conversations. The Hispanic culture and language is studied via storyboards, slides, movies, and readings. Art, technology, power point presentations, projects, games, TPR (total physical response) strategies and music are used, as are theatrical skits, to enhance language usage. 100% target language is a main focus in this course. 

Spanish 2-P                                                                                                             

College prep, grades 9-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 1 with a grade of “B-“or better and teacher recommendation

Spanish 2 is a continuation of the first year with emphasis on broadening of speaking, reading, understanding, and writing skills. Students write and perform dialogues, videos and theatrical pieces using more complex and subject specific vocabulary and concepts. Movies and power point presentations are used to explore and study Spanish and Latin American cultures. 100% target language is a main focus in this course. 

Spanish 3-P                                                                                                          

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 2 with a grade of “B-“or better and teacher recommendation. 

A continuation of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, more verb tenses and more sophisticated grammar is studied. Students learn more about Hispanic culture and attitudes via movies, documentaries, magazines, newscasts, culturally authentic materials and short literary works in Spanish. 100% target language is a main focus in this course. 

Spanish 4-P                                                                                                          

College prep, grades 10-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 with a grade of “B” or better and teacher recommendation. 

This course is a continuation of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. More detailed grammar is studied, but an emphasis will be placed on using the language in context. Students will learn more about Spanish-speaking countries’ cultures and attitudes via movies, magazines, literature, and other culturally authentic materials. This class will be for those who are interested in enhancing their language skills and cultural knowledge, but who do not wish to take the AP exam. 100% target language is a main focus in this course.   

AP Spanish-P                                                                                                

College prep, grades 11-12, year-long class

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3 with a grade of “B” or better and teacher recommendation. 

This course is designed for the exceptional language student who wishes to continue on with a program of reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. This course has a special emphasis on studying Spanish via thematic units, using classical and contemporary literature, along with authentic materials from the Spanish-speaking world. Grammar and vocabulary acquisition are continued. Students are presented with all preparatory materials for the AP exams. 100% target language is a main focus in this course. Texts: Pasajes, Repaso, Nuevas Vistas, Galeria and Album.

United States History-P                                                                                                       

College prep, grade 11, year-long class

This course is required for high school graduation. Students cover major turning points in American history during the 20th century. This course will begin with a review of early American history; from the nation’s beginnings up to 1900. Following this, students will engage in an in-depth study of the Progressive Era and WW I, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, WW II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and post Cold War America. Curriculum includes both content standards and Historical and Social Sciences analysis skills standards. 

 AP United States History-P                                                                             

College prep, grade 11, year-long class

Prerequisite: A summer assignment will be given.  The completed assignment will be required on the first day of class in the fall to maintain enrollment.

This AP course parallels the same content as US History, but is designed for the passionate history student who desires a course taught on a college level. The course requires a high level of commitment, including an extensive amount of reading. Students will be challenged to use their best critical thinking skills in classroom discussion and writing assignments. Course examinations will be based on prior examinations used by the College Board.


World History - P

College prep, grade 10, year-long class

This course is required for high school graduation.   Students connect historical events with their effects on the development of culture. The effects of geography on events and people are explored. The course is aligned with state Social Science standards to include: The rise of Democratic Ideals, the American and French Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, 19th century Imperialism, WW I, 20th century Totalitarian Dictatorships, WW II, the Cold War, developing countries and conflict in the world today. Curriculum includes both content standards and Historical and Social Sciences analysis skills standards. 

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