This course is structured for the student to continue the study and mastery of the basic skills of Chinese Language and Culture. Students will become more acquainted with contemporary Chinese life and the contributions of Chinese culture. The student will participate in such speaking activities as dramatizations, discussions, and narrations, will read contemporary short stories and newspaper articles, and will apply structural concepts and new vocabulary to the writing of descriptive passages. This course is aligned with the first year of college-level Chinese.
This course is structured for the student to continue the study and mastery of the basic skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading beginning Chinese. As in Chinese 1, the course focuses on modern Mandarin Chinese, but some commonly used formal expressions used only in written Chinese are also included. Students will become acquainted with contemporary Chinese life and the contributions of Chinese culture.
In Chinese 1, students will learn the basics of the Chinese language. Content is centered on communicative competence. By the end of this course, you will have a solid foundation in the basics of the Chinese language, and be ready to expand your study into more complicated Chinese content.
This course examines the history, principles, and practices of varied genres of journalism with emphasis on writing news, features, interviews, and editing.
Course Goals and Objectives:
- Understand and appreciate the fundamentals and varied aspects of journalism.
- Analyze and practice the philosophy of ethical high school journalism and legalities within high school journalism.
- Understand and compare/contrast the importance of the business aspects of a news publication and other media sources.
- Investigate and produce various types of news writing and present the finished product in a concise and professional manner.
- Review good interviewing techniques and the proper ways to publish interviews.
- Develop creativity in the design process and layout using various forms of media.
- Appreciate the importance of photojournalism and develop skills of editing and story telling.
- Develop the fundamental vocabulary of journalism.
- Develop skills of researching and writing of varied journalistic pieces.
This course is intended for students who have an undeniable interest in learning to write poetry, description, and narration for an audience of both peers and the public. It includes a rigorous study of the qualities of good writing, including figurative language, content, focus, organization, and style as well as the reading and interpretation of various types of poetry, fiction and non-fiction that are considered models of good writing. The students will also read pieces that will be modeled in writing creatively.
Students work with their teacher through a process of brainstorming ideas, planning with an audience and purpose in mind, drafting, revising, and final editing on essay topics of the student’s choice. In addition to the general feedback they receive about each step of the process, students also identify their own particular concerns about their writing. The teachers use the students’ questions about writing to individualize the writing process and help students discover ways to make their writing more clear and effective.
Students in this course will explore the literature of world cultures through short stories, epic poetry and novel forms. The course will explore universal themes and work to foster an understanding of the commonalities shared by all people as well as differences created by cultures. Students will hone critical thinking skills through analytical assignments as well as compare and contrast writing. In addition, they will make and support assertions about different texts and extend their thinking to related ideas.
Students will complete coursework in an online community and will have scheduled online meetings with the instructor as needed.
American Literature is a semester long course in which students will explore the creation of a uniquely American voice in literature by studying themes, forms, and writing styles across literary periods. They will read speeches, essays, short stories and poems online from the Colonial Period, the Romantics, the Realists, the Moderns, and contemporary American Writers. Central themes that travel across all of these literary periods are the American dream, nature, religion, war and death. The course also includes several online videos, discussion forums, multimedia projects, and short writing assignments. Students will consider these essential questions: What makes a literary voice uniquely American? How have generations of American writers influenced each other?
In Film Studies, the student will learn how to appreciate movies in depth and on a variety of levels. To accomplish this, students will develop criteria for aesthetic awareness. They will increase their vocabulary and their understanding of the language of films. These goals will be accomplished by studying: film terminology, art direction, sound and music, animation, genres, and directors.
Young people today are swamped with images—thousands of advertisements each day, music videos, games, websites and more. Media Literacy encourages students to examine these images with many of the same literacy skills they use when reading a word-based text. Students will have the opportunity to explore media relevant to their daily lives–music videos, blogs and web sites, digital photography, for example–in critical ways.
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