2023-24 Le Mars Community High School Curriculum Guide

P a g e | 31  LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION: DRAMATIC LITERATURE (NCAA) Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Elective/Required: Required Option Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Literature and Composition: Dramatic Literature is designed to engage students in reading and critical analysis of the literature of plays/drama. Each day starts with a fun warm-up and drama-themed bell ringer. Students will read a variety of plays from the earliest days of Greek performance through modern times in theatre. The composition instruction ranges from basic principles of reader response and literary analysis to parody and expository writing, as well as creative narrative in a collaborative playwriting project. MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE (NCAA) Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Elective/Required: Required Option Grade Level: 11, 12 This course is devoted to a study of the development of American literature from the Civil War era through the present. This class features short stories, plays, poetry, a novel, essays, and articles. Students study the works of noted American writers and understand the economic, social, and environments from which these works evolved. A variety of writing assignments are paired with the readings. Taking Early American Literature is NOT required before taking Modern American Literature. NEWSWRITING Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Elective/Required: Elective Option Grade Level: 11, 12 Newswriting may be taken by juniors or seniors for one semester only. Students who take this course must be highly motivated and self-driven. Students will learn about the elements of news, standard news structure, interviewing techniques, and editorial structure. Students will also be responsible for producing the school newspaper, The Dog Pound . This course does not meet the English requirement for graduation. SENIOR COMPOSITION (NCAA) Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Elective/Required: Required Option Grade Level: 12 Senior composition is designed to prepare seniors for independent college writing. While writing for a variety of purposes (including research), students will study sentence, paragraph, and essay structure. They will also work to improve editing and vocabulary skills. SOPHOMORE ENGLISH (NCAA) Course Length: 1 Year Credits: 2 Grade Level: 10 This course is required of all sophomores. The class is devoted to the study of literature and information texts, writing, vocabulary, grammar, usage, speaking, and listening. Special emphasis is given to the study of informative research paper writing and persuasive speaking.

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