Language Arts & eCommunication Courses

EHS Academic Course Offerings

Honors classes are offered at the freshman, sophomore, and junior levels and Advanced Placement College Prep at the senior level. Enrollment in these classes will be for students achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA and securing their current English teacher’s recommendation. These classes are weighted. Honors students who voluntarily leave the honors program must complete the following additional questions on the honors class application to be considered for re-entry:

  1. Think about and explain why the previous honors course was dropped.
  2. Explain what has changed that creates a desire to re-enter the honors program.
  3. What strategies will be employed so that a similar circumstance in the requested honors class would not again cause a request to exit the honors class?

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Language Arts Courses eCommunications Courses  Resource Section

AP COLLEGE PREP

(Gr 12) (Two Trimesters, 1⁄2 credit each trimester; weighted; summer assignments)

Students study an overview of British literature through extensive reading of all genres of literature. Students sharpen composition skills through multiple required writing assignments and an extensive research paper. The curriculum includes preparation for the spring AP exam. The first trimester of this course can be taken for Composition I and the second trimester can be taken for Composition II dual credit through Flint Hills Technical College for an additional cost. The course will satisfy graduation requirements and provide three to six hours of college credit based on optional dual-credit enrollment through FHTC. The dual-credit option for college credit is not required; the course may be taken for high school credit only.

COMMUNICATION ARTS

(Gr 11) (One Trimester, 1⁄2 credit)

This course, required for graduation at EHS, focuses on developing public-speaking skills. A variety of speaking occasions are explored, and students are required to research and develop several speeches on many topics. This class also helps students develop skills in listening, analyses, rhetoric, and persuasion. By the end of the class, students are expected to know how to develop a speech, critique a speaker, identify bias, and understand the persuasive sequence.

COLLEGE COMMUNICATION ARTS

(Gr 11) (One Trimester, 1⁄2 credit)

This course is for dual credit and students are not allowed to enroll in this course until you have enrolled at Flint Hills Technical College.  There is a fee required.  Only serious students who want college credit should enroll in this course. This course is fast-paced with out-of-class work mandatory for success. We will focus on developing public-speaking skills. A variety of speaking occasions are explored, and students are required to research and develop several speeches on many topics. This class also helps students develop skills in listening, analyses, rhetoric, and persuasion. By the end of the class, students are expected to know how to develop a speech, critique a speaker, identify bias, and understand the persuasive sequence. We will also focus on developing time-management skills as they pertain to long-range assignments. 

COLLEGE PREP

(Gr 12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Students study British literature through all genres and sharpen composition skills through required writing assignments and a research paper.

 FRESHMAN ENGLISH

(Gr 9) (Two Trimesters, 1⁄2 credit each Trimester)

This course emphasizes language usage, composition, and literature. Students will develop literary analysis skills and tools for composition. Composition instruction includes on-demand writing as well as full-length compositions, and a short research paper. Emphasis is placed on a survey of literature as well as citing sources correctly and avoiding plagiarism in writing

JUNIOR ENGLISH

(Gr 11) (Two Trimesters,1⁄2 credit each Trimester)

Students study world literature and write various essays in response. Students learn methods of research, issue analysis, and read from a variety of texts, including those from Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, Greek, Roman, and other cultures. A research paper, essays, and various assignments are required. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of world cultures, literature, and argumentative writing.

SENIOR COMPOSITION

(Gr 12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course emphasizes all forms of writing, including practical and technical writing. A research paper is required. Literature supplements the course and provides a starting point for writing. Students may not enroll in this course and College Prep.

SENIOR LITERATURE

(Gr 12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students read and study British literature with an emphasis on vocabulary. Tests and writing assignments serve as assessments for the course. Students may not enroll in Senior Composition or Senior Literature and College Prep.

SOPHOMORE ENGLISH

(Gr 10) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course includes composing and analyzing various forms of writing with an emphasis on sentence structure and correct grammar usage. Essays are required using the Six Trait Writing Model. Students also study American literature to strengthen reading skills.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS ELECTIVES

 

ADVANCED DEBATE

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Novice Debate

Students continue to develop skills in persuasive argument. Students are expected to research, use logic, and follow skills learned in Novice Debate. Students are required to compete in weekend debates and assist in hosting a tournament to pass this course. Students must be eligible to compete under KSHSAA rules in order to earn credit for this class. This course may be repeated for credit with instructor approval. Students are required to participate in a minimum of four Saturday competitions and attend practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

ADVANCED FORENSICS

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Forensics

Students continue to develop talents in public speaking and interpretative speaking. Students must be eligible to compete under KSHSAA rules in order to earn credit for this course. This course may be repeated for credit with instructor approval. Students are required to participate in a minimum of four outside tournament competitions.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERACY DEVELOPMENT (ELLD)

(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester; instructor permission required)

This course is for students who need to improve basic English language skills and adjust to an academic environment. Students acquire interpersonal English skills and basic academic vocabulary. Students develop vocabulary knowledge and usage by identifying sight words, synonyms, antonyms and vocabulary in text. They use word analysis strategies to decode and comprehend expository text at an appropriate instructional level and learn to write simple and complex sentences. Students master appropriate ESOL outcomes in speaking and listening. With the instructor’s recommendation, the student may be advanced to English Language Development II during the year. Students may repeat this course.

FRESHMAN ENGLISH – ELD

(Gr 9) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course emphasizes language usage, composition and literature. Students will develop language usage and tools for composition. Composition instruction ranges from combining sentences to writing paragraphs, full-length compositions, and a short research paper using the Six Trait Writing Model. Students are introduced to the Writing Center and the library databases. Literature study includes traditional forms of literature.

**HONORS DEBATE

(Gr 11,12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Advanced Debate

Students will continue to develop skills in persuasive argument and assume a leadership and  teaching role with less experienced debaters. Students are expected to research, use logic, and  follow skills learned in Advanced Debate. Students are required to turn in 10 rounds of  judging, attend eight hours of practice per week, and compete in at least six tournaments per  season.

LANGUAGE ARTS TUTOR

(Gr 12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

A language arts tutor is assigned to either a freshman or sophomore English class to assist the classroom teacher with small-group and individual instruction. The role of a tutor is to help students help themselves or to assist or guide them to the point at which they become independent learners. Tutors should possess the following characteristics: great interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, good knowledge of reading and writing skills, enthusiasm, and dependability. Students must apply for this year-long class, and they will receive a letter grade.

SOPHOMORE ENGLISH – ELD

(Gr 10) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course includes composing and analyzing various forms of writing with an emphasis on sentence structure and correct grammar usage. Essays are required using the Six-Trait Writing Model. Students also study American literature to strengthen reading skills.

JUNIOR ENGLISH – ELD

(Gr 11) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Students study world literature and write various essays using the Six Trait Writing Model. Students learn methods of research, issue analysis, and read from a variety of texts including those from Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, Greek, Roman and other cultures. A research paper, essays and various assignments are required.

SENIOR ENGLISH – ELD

(Gr 12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course emphasizes all forms of writing, including practical and technical writing. A research paper is required. Literature supplements the course and provides a starting point for writing. Students also read and study British literature with an emphasis on vocabulary. Tests and writing assignments serve as assessments for the course.

NOVICE DEBATE

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students learn the art of persuasive argument. Students are required to research, use logic, develop argumentation, and practice public speaking techniques in debate tournaments to pass this course. Students must be eligible to compete under KSHSAA rules in order to earn credit for this course. Students are required to participate in a minimum of four Saturday competitions and attend evening practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

NOVICE FORENSICS

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students develop talents in public speaking and interpretative events. Students study and participate in extemporaneous speaking, oratory, informative speeches, prose and poetry interpretations, duet acting, dramatic and humorous interpretation. Students who enroll during second trimester must compete in tournaments, assist in hosting a tournament and meet KSHSAA requirements. Students must participate in a minimum of four outside competitions.

READING

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit; instructor approval required; may be repeated for credit).

Students work in a reading lab environment using individual programs to improve comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and other reading skills.

STAGECRAFT

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students study technical theatre techniques of building and painting of sets, sound effects, properties, and lighting. Class time is spent on stage during school productions. Some evening work time may be required. The course may be repeated for credit.

THEATRE I

(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Students explore several areas of theatre. They are exposed to acting, Greek and Roman theatre history, components of the production staff, dramatic structure and how to read a play. Students also learn set design techniques. Students are required to attend a minimum of two performances outside of class.

THEATRE II, III & IV

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester, credit by trimester; instructor permission required)

Prerequisites: Theatre I or Stagecraft required for Theatre II; Theatre II required for Theatre III; Theatre III required for Theatre IV

Theatre II students continue their theatre training in the areas of script analysis, costume design, theatre history of the Middle Ages. Students also explore theatre around the world including England and Spain. 

 

 

eCommunications

eCommunications is a collection of digital video storytelling courses in the Technology Education and Language Arts Departments.

21ST CENTURY MEDIA

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course promotes the development of the skills needed today and in the future in the world of journalism and video production. Topics include exploring the role of media and the communications industry in society, developing the technical skills related to journalistic writing and interviewing, digital storytelling, and understanding the ethical and legal issues related to the field. This class is required in the eCommunications pathway.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS DESIGN

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

The course provides a basic understanding of the graphic design process using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, professional graphic design software. Topics include analyzing design elements and principles and learning composition techniques to develop a quality product for personal use, school use, and community use.

 DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN & PRODUCTION NEWSPAPER

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: 21st Century Media and Digital Journalism

This course applies the fundamental techniques learned in 21st Century Media and Digital Journalism through the production of a multi-media project (the school newspaper, The Echo) for public presentation. Topics include developing a production schedule; working as a team; utilizing composition principles; and embedding audio, video or other content in digital formats. Students are required to attend work nights.

DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN & PRODUCTION YEARBOOK

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: 21st Century Media and Digital Journalism

This course applies the fundamental techniques learned in 21st Century Media and Digital Journalism through the production of a multi-media project (school yearbook, The Re-Echo) for public presentation. Topics include developing a production schedule; working as a team; utilizing composition principles; and embedding audio, video or other content in digital formats. The class requires work outside of class. Instructor approval required; course may be repeated for credit; and class size is limited.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, 1/2 credit)

This course teaches the technical skills needed to produce quality images for use in a variety of applications. Topics include use of equipment, software, and techniques to take, edit, and manipulate digital images.

INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course provides a basic understanding of producing video for a variety of uses. Topics include analyzing the pre-production, production and post-production processes as well as exploring the equipment and techniques used to develop a quality video production. This course is a prerequisite to Short Films and/or TV Broadcasting. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.

JOURNALISM PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT NEWSPAPER

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: Digital Media Design & Production Newspaper

This course is for those students who serve as editors of The Echo. Students are responsible for planning, organizing and producing the school newspaper. They manage the staff and create deadlines for production of multimedia projects in conjunction with creating the online newspaper. Students create and manage project budgets and implement strategies for successful completion of all tasks on budget.

JOURNALISM PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT YEARBOOK

(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: Digital Media Design & Production Yearbook

This course is for students who serve as editors of The Re-Echo. Students are responsible for planning, organizing, and producing the school yearbook. They manage the staff and create deadlines for production of multimedia projects in conjunction with creating the yearbook and digital supplement. Students create and manage project budgets and implement strategies for successful completion of all tasks on budget.

VIDEO PRODUCTION: SHORT FILMS

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: 21st Century Media & Introduction to Video

This course applies the technical skills learned in Intro to Video. This course is for students who wish to focus on short film productions. Students experience all aspects of the video production industry as they develop, shoot, edit and deliver productions geared toward an assigned target audience. This course is articulated through Butler Community College. Class may be repeated for credit by approval.

VIDEO PRODUCTION: TV BROADCASTING

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: 21st Century Media and Introduction to Video

This course applies the technical skills learned in Introduction to Video. This course is for students who wish to focus on LIVE productions and broadcasts. Students experience all aspects of the video production industry as they develop, shoot and deliver productions geared toward an assigned target audience. This course requires out-of-class time due to the events (football, basketball, etc) that are assigned and broadcast. This course is articulated through Butler Community College. Class may be repeated for credit by approval.  

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS RESOURCE/LIFESKILLS CLASSES

 

LANGUAGE LAB I

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course includes composition skills such as building sound sentences, paragraphs and basic theme writing. Grammar skills will be reviewed with emphasis on usage and mechanics. Selected forms of literature at the appropriate level are offered.

LANGUAGE LAB II

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course includes additional emphasis on techniques and organizational patterns in writing. There will be an extension of grammar usage and mechanical skills. Reading skills are developed within the context of American literature (fiction and non-fiction).

LANGUAGE LAB III

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course emphasizes theme writing and grammar review. Writing experiences include comparative/contrast, cause/effect, descriptive and narrative themes. Also included are knowledge of the roles of speaker and listener, asking and answering questions, and individual development of expressions of ideas for oral expression.

LANGUAGE LAB IV

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course includes reading and writing skills with emphasis on tasks required to be successful in the occupational world. The student will become familiar with various application forms, writing letters, making out orders, evaluating advertisements, etc.

WRITTEN LANGUAGE LAB

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Students who are preparing to enter secondary OR post-secondary general education English or are currently enrolled in general education English.

This course develops the written language skills needed for general education classes and basic college-level writing (proofreading, writing paragraphs, research papers, etc). This course provides instruction, support and practice in transitional writing skills using the Six Trait Writing model. Emphasis is placed on writing for various audiences and situations while focusing on fluency, clarity, organization, and advanced grammar and mechanics. May be repeated for credit.

RESOURCE COMMUNICATION ARTS

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course focuses on oral communication, written language and social interaction skills (asking and answering questions; retelling, paraphrasing and summarizing; interview skills; etc.). Students also improve their written language skills at their independent work level.

LANGUAGE  ARTS I

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course is the study of survival and functional words, cooking terms and the calendar. Students also improve handwriting, oral communication skills, basic spelling and written language skills.

LANGUAGE ARTS II

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course is the study of survival and functional words, cooking terms and the calendar. Students also improve handwriting, oral communication skills, basic spelling and written language skills.

LANGUAGE ARTS III

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course is the study of survival and functional words, cooking terms and the calendar. Students also improve handwriting, oral communication skills, basic spelling and written language skills.

LANGUAGE ARTS IV

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course is the study of survival and functional words, cooking terms and the calendar. Students also improve handwriting, oral communication skills, basic spelling and written language skills.