Course Descriptions

HUMANITIES

Arts
Art 1
Art 2
Advanced Art
Honors Advanced Art
Drawing
Painting
Pottery & 3-D Art
Wearable Art

Foreign Languages
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3, 4
French 1
French 2
French 3
French 4

General
Newsletter/Journalism
Video Productions
Drama
Academic Decathlon

Music
Concert Band
Band Council
Choir
Honors Music

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PE 1
PE 2
PE BFS (Bigger, Faster, Stronger)
Health
Adaptive PE

SCIENCE

Physical Science
Biology I
Biology II
Chemistry
Forestry
Advanced Forestry
Anatomy and Physiology
Physics
Wildlife Biology

PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL ED

Business
Intro to Microsoft Office
Advanced Microsoft Office
Intro to Internet Apps
Intro to Desktop Publishing
Business Management
BPA Store Operations
Accounting
Yearbook

Family Consumer Science
Teen Living 1
Teen Living 2
Nutrition & Foods
Parenting/Child Development
Apparel/Design Merchandising
Education Assistant Program
EAP Tutor

Vocational
Drafting Technology
Computer Aid Drafting
Cabinetry 1
Cabinetry 2
Metals 1
Metals 2
Machining
PET TECH 1
PET TECH 2

SOCIAL STUDIES

Early US History
Modern U.S. History
Honors Modern US History
Marketing/Economics
Government
Honors Government

ELECTIVES

General
Leadership
Psychology
Sociology
World Geography
Current World Issues
Film Studies
Life Skills/Adapt Instruct

Tutor
Math Tutor
Reading Intern

Aide/Leave
Aide - Main Office
Aide - Attendance Office
Aide - Counselor
Aide - Library
Aide - Teacher
Late Start
Early Release

Acceleration
ISAT Language Acceleration
ISAT Math
ISAT Reading Acceleration
Plato credit recovery
Idaho Digital Learning Academy

LANGUAGE ARTS

English 1, 2, 3, 4
English Honors 1, 2, 3, 4
Applied English
College Prep Essay
Mythology
Novels
Communications
Basic English
Basic Reading

MATH

Math Lab
Algebra A/B
Algebra I
Integrated Math
Geometry
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
Senior Math-Independent Study
Basic Math 1, 2, 3, 4
Life Skills Math

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Humanities

ARTS

ART 1 (Color & Design)

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: None
Credit Received: (1) Humanities
Semester Fee: $10

Art Standards Addressed: Creative expression through production, Aesthetic perception, Historical and cultural context, Application to life

This introductory art class offers students an overview of the visual arts with emphasis placed on the basic art elements of line, shape, space, color, value and texture and how these elements are used in various twodimensional art applications such as drawing, painting and printmaking. A variety of art concepts and media will be explored throughout the semester as students learn the language of art. The works of master artists from various cultures, past and present will be studied as inspiration for student projects.

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ART 2 (Graphic Design)

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: Art I (passed with a C or better)
Credit Recieved: (1) Humanities
Semester Fee: $10

Art Standards Addressed: Creative expression through production, Aesthetic perception, Historical and cultural context, Application to life

This class may be taken before Art I if necessary, but it would be to the student's best advantage to take Art I first. Art II is a continuation of the study of the elements of art with emphasis on the principles of design and composition as they relate to commercial art forms such as poster designs, lettering projects, ads, package design, collage, printmaking and cartooning. Explorations in art media will continue, and the works of master artists from various cultures, past and present, will be studied as inspiration for student projects.

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ADVANCED ART:

Grade Level: 10-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: Drawing (must pass with a B or better)
Credit Received: (1) Humanities
Semester Fee: $10

*This is an independent study class – students will receive individual projects within the context of another art course. Responsibility and the ability to maintain focus and work independently is a requirement for this course. This course may be repeated for credit with teacher approval.

Art Standards Addressed: Creative expression through production, Aesthetic perception, Historical and cultural context, Application to life

Advanced level classes are recommended for students who are highly motivated to further their artistic skills and who can work well independently. The skill of drawing is essential to success in an advanced level art class, as drawing is the foundation for all art processes. Advanced students complete more in-depth studies in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Advanced Art may be taken more than once for credit, as the requirements and projects completed change each semester. Emphasis is on developing the sketchbook and portfolio. Works by master artists from various cultures, past and present, will be studied as inspiration for student projects.

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HONORS ADVANCED ART

Grade Level: 10-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: Drawing (must pass with an A or better) Application Required
Credit Received: (1) Humanities/Honors Diploma
Semester Fee : $10

*This is an independent study class – students will receive individual projects within the context of another art course. Responsibility and the ability to maintain focus and work independently is a requirement for this course. This course may be repeated for credit with teacher approval.

Art Standards Addressed: Creative expression through production, Aesthetic perception, Historical and cultural context, Application to life.

In addition to completing the required projects of the Advanced Art course, Honors Advanced Art students will be expected to spend more time with independent studies and presentations on selected topics, participate in outreach art projects with younger students, and show expertise in one or more areas of art by sharing knowledge as a peer teacher. Students will learn to critique and evaluate their own art and the art of others both past and present in terms of historical, social and cultural contexts.

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DRAWING

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: None
Credit Received: (1) Humanities
Semester Fee: $10

Art Standards Addressed: Creative expression through production, Aesthetic perception, Historical and cultural context, Application to life

Drawing is fundamental to all art processes and it is strongly encouraged that all serious art students take drawing as early as possible in high school. Course of study includes right brain exercises, basic elements of drawing, perspective drawing, high contrast shading techniques, portrait and figure drawing and wildlife drawing. Students will explore a variety of drawing media throughout the semester including pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, pastels and colored pencil. The works of master artists from various cultures, past and present, will be studied as inspiration for student projects.

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PAINTING

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: Drawing (pass with a C or better)
Credit Received: (1) Humanities
Semester Fee: $10

Art Standards Addressed: Creative expression through production, Aesthetic perception, Historical and cultural context, Application to life

It is required that students complete drawing before taking the painting course. Students will learn color theory, the elements of art and the principles of design and composition. The works of master painters from various cultures, past and present, will be used as inspiration for developing painting styles. Various water-based painting media will be used including tempera, watercolor and acrylic paints. A variety of subject matter will also be explored, such as still life, portrait, landscape, wildlife and abstract.

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POTTERY and 3-D ART

Grade Level: 10-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: None
Credit Received: (1) Humanities
Semester Fee: $10

Art Standards Addressed: Creative expression through production, Aesthetic perception, Historical and cultural context, Application to life

Students learn the basic elements of art (line, shape, space, form, value, texture and color) using 3-dimensional media. The first quarter is devoted to the use of clay in the three main hand-building methods (pinch, slab and coil). Students will also be able to try the potter's wheel. During the second quarter instruction will expand to include other 3-dimensional materials such as wire, paper, wax, plaster, fabric, wood and plastics. The works of master artists from various cultures, past and present, will be studied as inspiration for student sculptures.

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WEARABLE ART :

Grade Level: 10-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: None
Credit Received: (1) Humanities
Semester Fee: $10

Art Standards Addressed: Creative expression through production, Aesthetic perception, Historical and cultural context, Application to life

Wearable Art will focus on elements of art and principles of design as they relate to the creation of art that can be worn or displayed on the human figure.  Possible projects may include (but are not limited to) design on fabric such as silk-screening, tie-dye, and batik; jewelry design using various materials; design of accessories such as belts, ties, hats, shoes, and hair-wear; units on fashion design, fabric pattern design, and leather tooling.  There is no pre-requisite for Wearable Art, although experience with drawing will be helpful. The works of master artisans of various cultures, past and present, will be studied as inspiration for student projects.

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FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Course work, credit and a minimum of four semesters of foreign language are required for admission into many four year colleges and universities and enrollment in foreign language is strongly encouraged for students going on to higher education. Having strong grades in English Language Arts are good indicators of a having a greater foundation that will promote success in the study of a foreign language. Students who fail the first semester of any foreign language class may be requested to drop the course as per teacher recommendation for the remaining semester that year.

SPANISH 1

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: “C” or better in English
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities/Honors Diploma

Foreign Language Standards Addressed: Acquisition & Use of Language; Critical Thinking; Historical, Geography, & Culture

The focus of the first year is on vocabulary and present tense conjugations of various verbs, including stem-changing and irregular. Students will also be introduced to language structure, including subject verb agreement, direct and indirect objects, negative sentences, etc. Basic reading will include cultural topics and common language skills; colors, numbers, time, weather, calendar, body, clothing, family and meals. Skills will be evaluated with weekly vocabulary quizzes, tests, homework and creative dialogues targeting current vocabulary.

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SPANISH 2

Grade Level: 10-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: “C” or better in Spanish 1
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities/Honors

Foreign Language Standards Addressed: Acquisition & Use of Language; Critical Thinking; Historical, Geography, & Culture

Spanish 2 will include a review of Spanish 1. Most of the remaining verb conjugations will be covered including; preterit, imperfect, progressive tenses and perfect tenses. There will be extensive translations of stories written in Spanish including cultural activities. The class form will continue to have weekly vocabulary quizzes, tests and dialogues.

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SPANISH 3 & 4 WILL BE OFFERED THROUGH THE IDAHO DIGITAL LEARNING ACADEMY (IDLA) - ON LINE LEARNING THAT MAY BE INCLUDED IN YOUR DAILY SCHOOL SCHEDULE. PLEASE SEE YOUR COUNSELOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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FRENCH 1

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: “C” or better in English
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities/Honors Diploma

Foreign Language Standards Addressed: Acquisition & Use of Language; Critical Thinking; Historical, Geography, & Culture

The main objective is to introduce students to the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. Students build strong bases in grammar (parts of speech, sentence structure, present tense and vocabulary which focuses on daily life, topics and situations). They develop cultural awareness of French speaking areas and cuisine around the world. Oral communication as well as written and translation skills are practiced regularly. Students do a written and/or oral report (in English) on French cuisine. For French history, students study Joan of Arc and European castles.

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FRENCH 2

Grade Level: 10-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: “C” or better in French I
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities/Honors Diploma

Foreign Language Standards Addressed: Acquisition & Use of Language; Critical Thinking; Historical, Geography, & Culture

This course is a continuation of French I, in developing the four language skills, students continue to build on their bases in grammar (parts of speech, sentence structures, present and past tenses) and vocabulary (topics of interest relevant to teenagers today and real-life situations and words/expressions to convey feelings, emotions, and opinions). The class includes a variety of activities including conversations, cultural readings, short story narratives, answering questions (written and oral), and role playing. For French history, students study Napoleon Bonaparte and the Louvre.

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FRENCH 3

Grade Level: 11-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: “C” or better in French 2
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities/Honors Diploma

Foreign Language Standards Addressed: Acquisition & Use of Language; Critical Thinking; Historical, Geography, & Culture

This course is a continuation of French 2 objectives. Students continue to build on their bases in grammar (parts of speech, sentence structures, future, conditional tenses) and vocabulary. Students are introduced to the type of material that French people read every day (newspaper and magazine articles, headlines, weather reports, classified ads, etc.) and a sample of Francophone literature. Through these, students gain greater cultural insights into the history, customs, traditions, and lifestyles of the French-speaking peoples.

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FRENCH 4

Grade Level: 12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: “C” or better in French 3
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities/Honors Diploma

Foreign Language Standards Addressed: Acquisition & Use of Language; Critical Thinking; Historical, Geography, & Culture

This course will introduce students to works of French literature. Students continue to build on their bases in grammar (parts of speech, sentence structures, perfect tense and subjunctive mood) and vocabulary. Students will apply all the grammar, speaking, and writing skills they have gained in previous courses to real-life situations. This course will require much speaking, reading and writing in French.

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GENERAL HUMANITIES

NEWSLETTER/JOURNALISM

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: Application required
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities

Idaho Standards addressed: This class is open to beginning and advanced journalism students. The class will cover the basis of journalism. Students will learn to write news stories, features, sports, and editorials. Students will also be expected to put in extra time outside of school hours to complete assignments. This class is recommended to students with at least a “B” in English. The student must have a strong writing background and enjoy the best possible candidates. Students will be selected by application only (advisor and editor make final decision.) Besides writing skills, journalism students will learn leadership, business, and interpersonal skills required in the workplace.

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VIDEO PRODUCTIONS - PUBLICATIONS 2

Grade Level: 10-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: Intro to Microsoft Office, B or better in English
Credit Received: (1) Humanities

*This course may be repeated for credit

Idaho Standards addressed are: Writing Composition; Reading (literature terms); Writing Process; Communication & Presentation

Students explore the creative and technical aspects of practical digital video filmmaking through individualized, hands-on application. This course focuses on the use of storytelling techniques to create and produce a variety of video projects. Students learn industry standards and begin making quality films in an easy, efficient manner. The students can and will develop and produce news stories, documentaries, news broadcasts, and a various or entertainment formants. They learn how films are created, directed, edited, and produced and about various careers that involve video production.

Skills: The student must be able to...

  • Work with the Microsoft Windows file system.
  • Independently read, paraphrase, and apply text materials.
  • Apply research skills to gather information in the library or online.
  • Effectively organize and communicate information through written and oral presentation.
  • Read and follow complex, multi-stage instructions.
  • Develop solutions to complex problems.
  • Create comprehensive outlines.
  • Categorize information around a main topic.
  • Use proper language mechanics: sentences, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
  • Write proper paragraphs with strong topic sentences and conclusions.
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DRAMA

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: A strong interest in literature and elements of story telling and drama recommended
Credit Received: (1) Humanities

*This course may be repeated for credit

Idaho Standards addressed: Build characters and portray situations through improvisation; Develop and use theatre vocabulary to critique dramatic performances or written plays; Research and apply physical, emotional, and social dimensions in creating character.

This course will analyze story telling elements such as plot, characterization, setting, theme, and mood in dramatic works. Then the students will apply their knowledge of these elements through the creation and execution of a live on-stage performance of a play or musical. Each student will be required to work on one or more aspects of the production, including acting, stage design, set construction, costuming, make-up, lighting, and sound.

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ACADEMIC DECATHLON

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: Application Required; Must be student in good standing academically and with attendance
And meet and maintain the following criteria: G.P.A. levels: 3.75-4.00, 3.00- 3.74, and 0.00-2.99
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities/Honors Diploma

The Idaho Academic Decathlon was founded as a means of fostering scholastic excellence among high school students while accommodating a rather wide diversity of academic background. The purposes of the Idaho Academic Decathlon are to:

  1. Encourage students to develop a greater respect for knowledge.
  2. Promote wholesome inter-school academic competition in all areas of study.
  3. Stimulate intellectual growth and achievement.
  4. Encourage public interest and awareness of academic achievement in schools.
  5. Foster a desire to learn, understand, and value mathematics and science, in addition to other content areas, through competitive experience.

Students will study and compete in the following subjects/skills: Speech, interview, essay writing, Mathematics, Science, Language and Literature, Economics, Fine Arts, and Social Science.
Students will be required to travel within the area, state and nation for competitions.

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MUSIC

CONCERT BAND

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: One year of previous band experience
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities

Students can repeat this course for credit throughout their four years of high school. Students may not join at semester, unless approved by instructor.

Idaho Standards Addressed: Historical & Cultural Context; Critical Thinking; & Performances.

Students will expand their music knowledge and develop individual skills .Music theory is integrated throughout this course. Band is a musical performing group consisting of the traditional woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Required performances, in combination with the Honors Music Class, include two concerts, pep band, marching band at homecoming, a spring festival, parade and performance at graduation.

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BAND COUNCIL

Grade Level: 9-12 (Meets during zero hour – before school)
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: Application required
Credit Received: (1 per year - .5 per semester) Humanities

Students can repeat this course for credit throughout their four years of high school. Students may not join at semester, unless approved by instructor.

Idaho Standards Addressed: Historical & Cultural Context; Critical Thinking; & Performance.

This is a year long class which meets from 7:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. on Orange days in which you receive one credit for the year. This class acts as a committee to plan and organize upcoming concerts and other events. Students have the opportunity to work on and get assistance with individual music challenges, including solo/ensemble pieces. Students may expand their musical skills by learning other instruments, including piano and guitar. This class provides extra rehearsals for upcoming events. Musical creativity is encouraged. Leadership is expected at concerts, pep band games and other activities.

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CHOIR

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities

*Clothing Requirement: Black shoes, black slacks, black socks, short sleeve solid black T-shirt; students are responsible for robes and choir T-shirts checked out for concerts.

*$5.00 fee per semester

Students may repeat this course for credit throughout their four years of high school. Those students wanting to join at the start of second semester are required to audition.

Idaho Standards Addressed: Historical & Cultural Context; Critical Thinking; & Performance

Choir is open to students who wish to sing in a vocal class setting. Four mandatory concerts occur each year, one of which is the District I large group contest. Students are exposed to a wide variety of vocal literature ranging from 16th century to modern compositions. In the process they learn to read musical notations. Students can repeat this course for credit throughout their four years of high school.

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HONORS MUSIC

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: B or better in Concert Band; Application required.
Credit Received: (1 per semester) Humanities/Honors Diploma

Students can repeat this course for credit throughout their four years of high school. Students may not join at semester, unless approved by instructor.

Idaho Standards Addressed: Historical & Cultural Context; Critical Thinking; & Performance

Prerequisite: At least three years previous band experience. Teacher approval. Limited to students who play trumpet, saxophone, trombone, trap set, guitar, bass guitar or piano. Performances include concert band, pep band, jazz performances, music festivals, homecoming and parades. Students will learn improvisation skills and theory, jazz articulations, and jazz history. Fees will be applied to district instruments. Music theory is integrated throughout the year.

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LANGUAGE ARTS

ENGLISH 1

Grade Level: 9
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: None
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts (Required)

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

Students are encouraged to express their own ideas, opinions, viewpoints and feelings in journals, essays, and reports. Their writing will be in response to their interaction with literature, short stories, novels, and drama that relate to their experiences and interests. They will improve their language skills through the integration of grammar and structure within the form of their own writings and interactions.

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ENGLISH 2

Grade Level: 10
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: English 1
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts (Required)

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

In this course, students will continue to explore important elements of literature through the study of short stories, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and larger novels, mostly from modern English literature selections. Literature themes center around making hard choices, and exploring the individual's relationship to society. They will also learn basic elements of critical reading, critical thinking and logic, leading to a substantial research paper. Students will complete various types of creative writing, debates, and critical essays. Vocabulary, spelling, mechanics and grammar will be included as part of the writing process and in preparation for the ISAT's.

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ENGLISH 3

Grade Level: 11
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: English 2
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts (Required)

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

This junior course centers around the American experience. The class traces American literature, history and philosophy from its world parentage to its conception in the Puritan ages, through the present. Through each genre of literature, the student will explore, discuss and write about genuine American themes. Students will write and speak in a variety of formats culminating in a research paper or project. In this class students will build upon prior knowledge of reading and writing about literature and writing in general.

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ENGLISH 4

Grade Level: 12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: English 2
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts (Required)

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

This senior literature course focuses on the roots of American literature – British literature. British literature will be studied through a historical-chronological approach and a thematic approach. Composition will focus on developing and extending writing for purposes that extend into post high school - - academic writing as well as writing for everyday life. A critical study of language and literature will include written and oral communication skills.

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HONORS ENGLISH 1

Grade Level: 9
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: A or higher in English; Application required
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts; Honors Diploma

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

Students are encouraged to express their own ideas, opinions, viewpoints and feelings in journals, essays and reports. Their writings will be in response to their interaction with literature, short stories, novels, and drama that relate to their experiences and interests. They will improve their language skills through the integration of grammar and structure within the forum of their own writings and interactions. Honors students will explore the theme of self through classic autobiographic and biographic literature.

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HONORS ENGLISH 2

Grade Level: 10
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: A or higher in English 1; Application required
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts; Honors Diploma

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

This course will focus on understanding and reacting to the various genres of literature. Students will read fiction from early authors to modern writers. Special focus will be on language as it is manipulated and altered in literature and other creative expression, political speech, and rhetoric in general. Students will focus on writing skills through a research paper, a movie review and/or other critical/evaluative writing projects, and creative writing. Vocabulary, spelling, mechanics and grammar will be included as part of the writing process and in preparation for the ISAT's.

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HONORS ENGLISH 3

Grade Level: 11
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: A or higher in English 2; Application Required
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts; Honors Diploma

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

This course is a highly analytical, discussion-based exploration of American literature, beginning with Puritans and ending with an intense study of modern American fiction. Students will learn to analyze a text closely and come to terms with the issues which motivate the author to write. Writing assignments will take a formalist approach, with the goal of discovering what the author is really saying. Students will complete a major research anthology about a specific subject that will cover the full year. This course will require a great deal of independent reading and writing and will prepare students for the types of reading and writing they will encounter in college.

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HONORS ENGLISH 4

Grade Level: 12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: A or higher in English 3; Application Required
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts; Honors Diploma

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

This course covers the development of the English language as well as English and world literature. From Beowulf to The Death of Ivan Ilyich, students will interact with our readings personally, with fellow students, and as related to global themes. Students will discriminate among fact and opinion culminating in a persuasive research paper. Students will continue to develop language skills through vocabulary and grammar studies. This course provides a transition to college-level courses through literary analysis and reflective writing.

This senior literature course focuses on the roots of American literature – British and world literature. British and world literature will be studied through a historical-chronological approach and a thematic approach. Composition will focus on developing and extending writing for purposes that extend into post high school and academics and life. A critical study of language and literature will include written and oral communication skills.

This course is structured as a seminar covering the development of the English language, English and world literature, and additionally, an extensive focus on epistemology: the centuries old debate between relativism and absolutism, romanticism and classicism, and appearance vs. reality; the students will encounter and react to a variety of philosophical and ideological approaches to literature covering these themes (in the English tradition from the Canterbury Tales to King Lear to A Tale of Two Cities; in world tradition from The Aeneid to The Inferno to modern works such as Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison.) The class will be involved in group and individual reading and writing projects; the skills involved include critical thinking, logical analysis, criticism, debate, oral elocution and writing exposition. Students will discriminate among fact and opinions culminating in a research paper. This course provides a transition to college level English courses. The class will function by examining literary texts, having meaningful discussions, and studying methods of thought and study. This is an intensive writing course that will stress active engagement with the texts and classroom discussions of readers' assumptions and writers' strategies.

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APPLIED ENGLISH

Grade Level: 12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: Teacher/Counselor recommendation
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

Applied English is designed to meet the rapid changes in roles by emphasizing the communication demands of the information age. It is an integrated program of literature, formal, business, technical and creative writing, speaking and listening skills, cooperative learning, group problem solving, and negotiation and conflict resolution in role-playing practicums. Spelling, vocabulary, mechanics and syntax are taught in relevance to life and business applications. This course has value and relevance for all students, whether college or work force bound.

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COLLEGE PREP ESSAY WRITING

Grade Level: 12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: B or higher in English 3
Credit Received: (1 per semester) English/Language Arts – if not taken concurrently with English 4; Honors Diploma

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Reading Process, Comprehension, Writing Process, Writing Application, Communication

Semester course open to 12th graders who plan to attend college. Honors credit is available for students who earn A or B grades. Students may take the class for two, consecutive semesters. Students must apply to be considered for the course: application and sample of essay writing will be judged for acceptance into class. The purpose of this class is to prepare students for the academic writing demands of college essay writing classes and college writing requirements. Additional Course Components: Vocabulary study, writing process, standard English grammar, peer editing and review, one-on-one student/teacher conferences.

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MYTHOLOGY

Grade Level: 11-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: English 2
Credit Received: (1) English/Language Arts – if not taken concurrently with another English; or Elective

Students will read Greek and Norse myths. Myths may contain adult themes and content. Students will understand the purpose, structure and components of myths. Students will be able to explain how myths reflect humanity as well as humanity's view of deities. This course is largely project-based. This is a one semester course.

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NOVELS

Grade Level: 11-12
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: English 2
Credit Received: (1) English/Language Arts – if not taken concurrently with another English; or Elective

This course is literature based. Students will learn terminology associated with literature. We will explore novels as a class, in small groups, and individually as we work through the three stages of literary development. Students will engage in a wide variety of writing opportunities, from reading log journals to thematic essays. Some novels may have adult content.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION

Grade Level: 10
Course Duration: Semester
Prereq: None
Credit Received: (1) Speech (Required)

Language Arts Standards Addressed: Communication – Listening, speaking, and viewing.

Speech/Communication is designed to provide a learning opportunity to explore various means of expression, listening skills, and communication through pubic speaking situations. Emphasis is place on preparation and delivery of various speaking circumstances, including the overall communication process which entails human relations and listening skills. This a required course for high school graduation and is a complete course in basic communication as required by the State of Idaho and for entrance to Idaho Universities.

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BASIC ENGLISH

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: Referral, evaluation and approval.
Credit Received: English Elective if taken concurrently with English 1, 2, 3, 4

Resource room classes follow the mainstream curriculum with modifications made on an individual basis driven by the Individualized Education Plan.

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BASIC READING

Grade Level: 9-12
Course Duration: Year
Prereq: Referral, evaluation and approval.
Credit Received: English Elective if taken concurrently with English 1, 2, 3, 4 .

Resource room classes follow the mainstream curriculum with modifications made on an individual basis driven by the Individualized Education Plan.

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