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English III (2111)
English at the Warren County Career Center involves two semesters of study. English includes a study of grammar, American literature, grade-level composition and research. Speaking, listening, and viewing skills are central to English studies. Students develop their communication skills further as they experiment with various types of writing. This course is designed to help the student develop his/her writing and grammar skills and a working knowledge of formal essay writing for career and college readiness.

The writing process will be emphasized. Vocabulary building will be included. This course will teach the career and college-bound student the proper methods of organization, researching, and writing formal research papers.

During the course, students develop skills in interpreting and comparing texts, writing for different audiences and purposes, presenting and supporting an argument and synthesizing information from variety of sources. Students engage in a variety of learning tasks such as discussions, role-plays, dramatizations, group work, presentations, independent research and individual writing assignments. Various resources are used throughout the semester, including a literature anthology, novels, short stories, poetry, plays, videos and nonfiction materials. Students will be expected to do extensive reading, analysis, and independent research. Students are exposed to a wide range of literature and are encouraged to achieve a deeper level of understanding and analysis as they explore a broader range of literary elements and devices. Students will be strongly encouraged to think critically and creatively, both in discussion and composition.

English III Advanced (2116)
In addition to the materials presented in English III, this course is designed for the college-bound student. American literature is studied during the year with emphasis placed on history and understanding the elements of style such as: theme, symbolism, figure of speech, analogy, etc. Each student will be expected to write several papers which call for analysis and/or critical thinking skills. Research techniques and format is introduced. Each student will be expected to complete extensive reading assignments outside of class.

A/P English III (2117)
Pre-requisite: Grade of a B or higher in Honors English 10 OR a score of 4 or higher on the ELA 1 End of Course exam.

The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help you become a skilled reader of a variety of texts as well as becoming a skilled writer. You’ll achieve this through awareness of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the ways that writing rules and language use contribute to effective writing.

Skill in writing proceeds from your awareness of your own composing processes: the way you explore ideas, reconsider strategies, and revise your work. This experience of the process of composing is the essence of the first-year college writing course, and the AP English Language and Composition course emphasizes this process. In the course, you will write essays that proceed through several stages or drafts, with revision aided by your teacher and peers. These extended, revised essays are not part of the AP English Language and Composition Exam, but the experience of writing them will help you become a more self-aware and flexible writer (which may help your performance on the AP Exam!).

English IV (2121)
English at the Warren County Career Center involves two semesters of study. English includes a study of grammar, World literature, grade-level composition and research. Speaking, listening, and viewing skills are central to English studies. Students develop their communication skills further as they experiment with various types of writing. This course is designed to help the student develop his/her writing and grammar skills and a working knowledge of formal essay writing for career and college readiness.

The writing process will be emphasized. Vocabulary building will be included. This course will teach the career and college-bound student the proper methods of organization, researching, and writing formal research papers.

English IV will be expanding on the materials and skills acquired in English III. Students develop skills in interpreting and comparing texts, writing for different audiences and purposes, presenting and supporting an argument and synthesizing information from variety of sources. Students engage in a variety of learning tasks such as discussions, role-plays, dramatizations, group work, presentations, independent research and individual writing assignments. Various resources are used throughout the semester, including a literature anthology, novels, short stories, poetry, plays, videos and nonfiction materials. Students are exposed to a wide range of literature and are encouraged to achieve a deeper level of understanding and analysis as they explore a broader range of literary elements and devices. Students will be strongly encouraged to think critically and creatively, both in discussion and composition.
Career Passports will be completed during the senior year of English. This includes resume and cover letter writing, interview and employability skills. The Career Passport is a culminating portfolio of information that is given to students at the Senior Awards Ceremony.

English IV- Advanced (2126) 
Pre-requisite: Grade of an A or B in Advanced Junior English Class or teacher recommendation

In addition to the materials presented in English IV, this course prepares seniors for college by focusing on specific writing techniques, effective word choice, and proper grammar and punctuation. Students read Shakespeare along with other selections from World authors. An extensive research paper will be completed. Each student will be expected to complete extensive reading assignments outside of class.

English IV- CCP (2127)
Pre-requisite (from Miami University): Score of 22 on the Reading section of the ACT AND a score of 18 on the English section of the ACT 

English 111 teaches you to think and write critically and stresses the centrality of writing to intellectual life. It presumes that the best way to improve writing is to write frequently. Therefore, writing is a central focus of the course and you will write several times a week, both in and out of class. Since good writing cannot be separated from careful reading, you will also read and analyze a diverse body of texts.
A major goal of the course is to prepare you for the variety of writing required in college and beyond. Thus, the course is designed to provide you with various techniques and approaches that you can apply to your academic and public writing. The course is divided into five sequences that will give you practice in writing for different audiences and purposes, including academic situations, public debate, and personal exploration.

Creative Writing (2131)
Creative Writing is a yearlong course with a focus on structure and organization in a variety fictional writing.  We will also critically examine elements of literary creation.  Additionally, there is an opportunity for a wide variety of independent projects done individually or as a group.  These will be based upon individual interests and/or the interest of the group.

Drama – Performing Arts & Communications (2141)
Theatre is the study of human behavior in which imagination plays a vital role. Performing Arts and Communication is a beginning course that focuses on basic foundations and techniques of acting, improvisation, characterization, script analysis, body movement, and proper vocalization. The students will become familiar with theatre history, theatrical and technical design, and theatre production with an emphasis on artistic communication. The students will be encouraged to inspire, inquire, and develop skills in self-discipline, respect for themselves and others, creative expression, and effective communication skills. 

Debate (2151)
Pre-requisite: Grade of a C or higher in a Speech class (either WCCC Speech or from their home school)

This course stresses principles and practice of argumentation and persuasive speaking.  The goal is to enhance student’s critical thinking skills and to develop proficiency in generating, constructing, and effectively presenting supported arguments.  Students will gain experience in developing skills for researching, critical thinking, decision-making, listening, note taking, and public speaking. 
Speech & Communications (2161)

The goal of this course is to build students’ confidence and skills with communication and public speaking. Students will have an opportunity to develop poise when speaking in front of others through practice.  Students will practice delivery techniques necessary for informal and formal public speaking situations, non-verbals, interpersonal communication, listening, research and topic selection, speech composition, and visual aids. There will be a brief introduction to debate.

Film Analysis (2171)
The purpose of this course is to help students learn to understand and appreciate cinematic and documentary films.   Students will view, analyze, and write about a number of films that are widely considered to be essential viewing.  Students will become familiar with academic vocabulary related to the study of films, take notes, discuss, and write about the films at great length. Sample writing assignments will include a research-based inquiry based on a specific director or genre and multiple critical analysis papers. A majority of the course will be devoted to viewing film as literature; students will be taught standards-based lessons involving the traditional components of literature including characterization, theme, and plot development.

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