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Speech (COMM101)

This is a Dual Credit Course offered through Ivy Tech Community College. The following requirements have been set by Ivy Tech.

  1. Completed application to Ivy Tech Community College.
  2. Minimum 2.6 GPA required.
  3. Submit test scores from one of the following options:
    a. SAT – Minimum scores of 460 Reading, 460 Mathematics, 460 Writing
    b. ACT – Minimum scores of 17 English, 18 Reading, 18 Mathematics
    c. PSAT – Minimum scores of 80 Reading, 70 Writing (COMPASS is given by the Cardinal Ritter Guidance Office)

Elementary Composition (W131)

This is a Dual Credit course offered through Indiana University. You must complete the Indiana University application and have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA. Students are charged a discounted Indiana University tuition rate.

Theatre Production

Class size limit: 26

Students enrolled in Theatre Production will read and analyze plays and apply criteria to make informed judgments.  They will create scripts and theatre pieces, conceive scenic designs, and develop acting skills.  These activities should incorporate elements of theatre history, culture, analysis, response, creative process, and integrated studies.  Additionally, students explore career opportunities in the theatre, critique theatrical productions, and recognize the responsibilities and the importance of individual theatre patrons in their community.  The nature of this course allows for two successive semesters of instruction at this level, provided that defined standards are utilized. Although the course may meet during a regularly scheduled class period, the scope of activities may require additional time.  Consequently, the course may meet for a lengthened class period or outside of the school-day hours.

Theatre Arts

Class size limit:  26

Students enrolled in Theatre Arts will take on responsibilities associated with rehearsing and presenting a fully-mounted theatre production.  They will read and analyze plays to prepare for production, conceive and realize a design for a production, including set, lighting, sound, and costumes, rehearse and perform roles in a production, and direct or serve as assistant director for a production.  These activities should incorporate elements of theatre history.

Although the course may meet during a regularly scheduled class period, the scope of activities may require additional time.  Consequently, the course may meet for a lengthened class period or outside of the school-day hours.

Student Media/Advanced Student Media (Yearbook)

Prerequisite:  C average in previous English class.

The yearbook class will work to develop layouts for the annual yearbook.  This will require students to take or gather photographs of schoolwide events, write short summaries of activities, and proof submitted layouts.  This class will require attending activities outside of school hours.


Limit: 26 students

Speech provides the study of and practice in the basic principles and techniques of effective oral communication.  This course includes instruction in adapting a speech to different audiences and purposes. Students have opportunities to make different types of oral presentations including (1) viewpoint, (2) instructional, (3) demonstration, (4) informative, (5) persuasive, and (6) impromptu.  Students are given opportunities to express subject matter knowledge and content through creative, analytical, and expository writing, as well as reading a variety of literary genres related to course content and speaking assignments. This course emphasizes research using technology and careful organization and preparation.  Students also practice and develop critical listening skills.


Etymology provides instruction in the derivation of English words and word families from their Latin and Greek origins.  It also provides the connotative and denotative meaning of words in a variety of contexts. Students study the origins and meanings of English words, including roots, suffixes, prefixes, and reasons for language change.  This course introduces students to tools and resources for etymological study and encourages them to be curious about the English language. The analytic study of word history and semantics is reinforced through a written and oral component that involves specific analyses of texts that require etymological sensitivity and encourages students to exchange Anglo-Saxon vocabulary that derived from Latin or Greek.  As it enables students to increase their vocabularies, this course helps prepare students to perform well on the SAT.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing, a course based on the Indiana Academic Standards for English/Language Arts, is a study and application of the rhetorical writing strategies for prose and poetry. Using the writing process, students demonstrate a command of vocabulary, the nuances of language and vocabulary, English language conventions, an awareness of the audience, the purposes for writing, and the style of their own writing.

College-Entrance Preparation

This class is designed to prepare students to take the SAT and ACT exams by learning time management skills and test-taking strategies specific to the SAT and ACT exam.  Half of the class period consists of teacher-led instruction and practice, while the other half of the class period allows for more individual practice using online tutorials, practice quizzes, and worksheets.  Small homework assignments are given weekly, as well as quizzes and exams.

AP English Language and Composition

Prerequisites:  B- average in Honors English 11 or A- in English 11.

This course follows College Board Entrance Examination guidelines for Advanced Placement English and engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose and nonfiction written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts.  Students will be provided with opportunities to improve their writing and understanding of American Psychological Association (APA) formatting while working towards the AP Exam, college-level writing, and Senior Project. While the year-long Senior Project Essay takes priority in the course, students will also learn skills for argumentative, synthesis, and rhetorical analysis writing which may range in formality, purpose, and length. Students should expect regular assessments on reading assignments and in-class writing prompts to prepare them for the AP Exam and college-level rigor.  Given the advanced level of this course, students will also be expected to demonstrate full participation in class discussion, as well as responsibility for material by delivering presentations throughout the year. Students will use technological resources in researching, producing papers, and submitting assignments.  Students taking this course are required to take the AP Exam.  Students are also required to complete a year-long Senior Project in conjunction with their Theology class.  *There is a separate summer reading text for this class which is assessed at the beginning of the course*.


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