English Electives

Reading Workshop
251 Level 3 .5 Credit - One Semester
252 Level 4 .5 Credit - One Semester
253 Level 5 .5 Credit - One Semester
This course is an invitation to students who wish to devote more time to reading. Guided by the teacher, students will read works that match their interests and that will challenge them to read for their personal satisfaction or for a specific use. Students will have the opportunity to read, discuss, and write about a wide range of texts, including different genres and subjects. This class may be taken more than once. Open to grades 9 - 12.

Writing Workshop
254 Level 3 .5 Credit - One Semester
255 Level 4 .5 Credit - One Semester
256 Level 5 .5 Credit - One Semester
This is a course in writing improvement, concentrating on expository writing. The course aims to increase students' ability to develop ideas and express them effectively. Students may also practice writing in one or more literary forms: poetry, drama, and fiction. Because individual programs are designed for each student, the class is especially recommended for seniors, to prepare them for their plans after high school and to work on their college essays. Students will work at their own pace and have opportunities to present their work to other students, as well as having their work published. This class may be taken more than once. Open to grades 9 - 12.

The Consolations of Philosophy
257 Level 3 .5 Credit - One Semester
258 Level 4 .5 Credit - One Semester
259 Level 5 .5 Credit - One Semester
The course will be based on the book The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton and a variety of excerpts from philosophical writing. The course will explore the thinking of Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzche. The course will require six short papers, one on each philosopher, and a final term paper that will require students to connect what is revealed in the course to their own lives. Open to grades 10 - 12.

Introduction to Film History
260 Level 3 .5 Credit - One Semester
261 Level 4 .5 Credit - One Semester
262 Level 5 .5 Credit - One Semester
This course will cover about twelve to twenty classic films, including comedies, dramas, horror films and crime films. We will review the technology, technique and approach of a film's time and circumstances, view the film and explore how it advanced the art of film-making and story-telling. The course will require five short papers - on various genres, as well as a final term paper the subject of which is to be determined by each student. Open to grades 10 - 12.
263 Advanced Composition Level 6 .5 Credit - One Semester
In this course, students learn to write clearly and effectively for defined audiences through a variety of strategies. Emphasis is on the writing process, from pre-writing through drafting, revising, and editing. This course places reading at the core of the writing curriculum by including class interaction with reading selections to stimulate thought, research ideas and techniques, and serve as writing models. Students will generate approximately five typed pages a week, keep a reading journal, and complete a research paper. Open to grades 11-12.

Yearbook Independent Study
264 Level 3 .5 Credit - One Semester
265 Level 4 .5 Credit - One Semester
266 Level 5 .5 Credit - One Semester
Students wishing to work on the yearbook are encouraged to contract for independent study credit. Students will be introduced to fundamentals of page design and layout, what makes an effective photo, basic digital photography, and the legal rights and responsibilities involved in publishing the yearbook. The yearbook is completed online, and students may work from home as well as from school. Students will be required to attend an organizational meeting at the beginning of the school year. The class may be taken for more than one semester.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the United States
844 Level 3 .5 credit-One Semester 845 Level 4 .5 credit-One Semester
846 Level 5 .5 credit-One Semester
Our country was founded on the belief in certain inalienable rights - freedom, fairness, and opportunity for all. But did our country's framers imagine shopping malls, the Internet, and females in the military and high-ranking government positions? Did they envision a fourth branch of government - the media? Through reading, discussions and projects, we will explore the different issues affecting American life, such as family, education work, and science and technology. This course can count towards graduation as either an English or social studies credit. Open to grades 10-12.