• Course Descriptions
     
    English 9 Honors Code: 01051 Grade Level: 9 Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation Disposition: 2 semesters, 1 credit Description: This course is an accelerated class intended to prepare students for advanced classes in upper grades. The curriculum will follow the same course guidelines as the regular English class — with a stronger emphasis on critical reading skills and literary interpretation, as well as more advanced writing focusing on literary analysis. This is not a requirement for students considering AP English, but it is strongly recommended.
     
    English 11—American Literature Code: 01003 Grade Level: 11 Prerequisite: Disposition: 2 semesters, 1 credit, required Description: Students will study both classic and contemporary American Literature in the form of novels, plays, short stories, and poetry. Emphasis will be on developing critical thinking, as well as interpretive and analytical skills when responding to a variety of texts. Students will write in a variety of genres, including essay, narrative, poetry, journals, and research formats. In addition, students will study vocabulary, grammar, and mechanics throughout the year.  
     
    Publication Production—Florence Chronicle Code: 11104 Grade Level: 10-12 Prerequisite: Disposition: 2 semesters, 1 credit, elective Description: Enrollment in the class requires an approved application turned into the advisor. The Florence Chronicle staff members work in a collaborative, deadline-focused environment to produce at least eight issues of the school newspaper per year. Staff members must be skilled writers and editors interested in writing for publication. Photographers and layout designers are also needed, but must also exhibit strong writing skills. All staff must sell advertising in order to ensure publication. In addition, staff members must be organized, dedicated, and motivated.

    DRAMA I-IV 

    Course: Drama I Code: 05053 Grade Level: 10-12 Disposition: 2 Semesters, 1 credit, elective

    Description: Students must apply, audition and be accepted into Drama I. This course is designed with an emphasis on acting, set design, stage management and production, and utilizing drama as a learning skill to interpret and analyze literature and language. The course will also enhance and develop individual acting and improvisational skills, along with a working understanding of the elements of stage and theatre production. The course will primarily focus on at least one major production to be performed each semester. All students in this course will play an integral role in group drama productions and are assessed on their contribution/performance to/of public performances. All students will have acting opportunities; those interested may also/or work as sound, lighting, and stage technicians. Priority for major roles will be given to students in levels II-IV. All students will be required to attend evening dress rehearsals and productions not occurring during the school day. Grading will be based on displaying skills and fundamentals during class activities and exercises, line memorization, directing and management responsibilities, auditions, and public performances.

    Course: Drama II, II, IV Code: 05053 Grade Level: 10-12 Prerequisite: Drama I Disposition: 2 Semesters, 1 credit, elective

    Description: This course is designed with an emphasis on acting, set design, stage management and production, and utilizing drama as a learning skill to interpret and analyze literature and language. Additionally, Drama II-IV is an advanced course with a greater concentration toward extending and refining dramatic technique, expanding students’ exposure to different types of theatrical styles, genres, and traditions, and increasing their participation in public productions. The course will also enhance and develop individual acting and improvisational skills, along with a working understanding of the elements of stage and theatre production. The course will primarily focus on at least one major production to be performed each semester. All students in this course will play an integral role in group drama productions and are assessed on their contribution/performance to/of public performances. All students will have acting opportunities; those interested may also/or work as sound, lighting, and stage technicians. Priority for major roles will be given to students in levels II-IV. All students will be required to attend evening dress rehearsals and productions not occurring during the school day. Grading will be based on displaying skills and fundamentals during class activities and exercises, line memorization, directing and management responsibilities, auditions, and public performances.