Language Arts Courses
Courses by Course Numbers - click title to see course description and prerequisites 
 
# 4307 – Literature As Performance (10-12) 
# 4307 – Literature As Performance (10-12) 
# 4408 - Public Broadcasting (11-12)  
# 4515 – Expanding Reading Skills (10-12)
# 4526 – Study Strategies For Success (10-12)
 
 
# 4601 – Journalism A (10-12)
# 4602 – Journalism B (10-12)
# 4603 – Journalism C (10-12)
# 4604 – Journalism D (10-12)
# 4805 – TV and Film Production A (11-12)
# 4806 – TV and Film Production B (11-12) 
 
Course # 4991 - English 9A (9)
Course # 4992 - English 9B (9)

Students will engage in a variety of reading and writing activities, many of their own choice, as well as selected literature and writing assignments. Students will develop the following skills: analyzation and interpretation of novel, drama, short story, nonfiction and poetry, research methods, formal speaking, grammar and vocabulary in the context of writing This course is aligned with the high school level Language Arts Minnesota Academic Standards.
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Course # 4995 - Reading (9)
This course is designed to help students enrich their reading skills for life-long learning. Special emphasis is placed on preparation for the MCAs.
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Course # 4993 - Advanced English 9A (9)
Course # 4994 - Advanced English 9B (9)

Students will continue to develop quality written and verbal communication skills as well as analyze and interpret many forms of literature. Students will study learning styles through multiple intelligence theory. Students will also be encouraged to nurture an openness to new ideas through discussion, literature, interpersonal experiences, and possible field trip experiences. The student should be self-motivated and willing to discuss openly in class. Some material is similar to that in a regular English class, but it will be covered at a different pace and, possibly, using a different style.

Students will be selected based on 1) 7th and 8th grade English grades, 2) NWEA and/or MCAII’s, 3) the submission of a written essay in the spring of the 8th grade year, 4) teacher recommendation when needed, and 5) administrative approval. To remain enrolled in this course, students will maintain an 85% (B) quarterly grade. This course is aligned with the high school level Language Arts Minnesota Academic Standards.
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Course # 4002 - American Literature A (10)
Content for this course is drawn from the literature of America before 1900. Through examination of literature in small groups, student projects, and individual effort, students learn to identify typically American themes still evident in our society. Regular emphasis is given to writing and responding to literature in order to develop strong literacy skills.
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Course # 4003 - American Literature B (10)
Prerequisite: American Literature A or American Voices A
This course continues the impressive collection of American literature begun in American Literature A. A variety of genres is covered, such as poetry, novels, dramas, and short stories. This course presents a concise yet powerful view of the American literary experience from the Civil War to the present. Students will analyze and respond to literature in several ways, including thematically examining the “American Dream”.
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Course # 4010 - American Voices A (10)
(Teacher recommendation required)
Students are required to take American Literature A; however, American Voices A does meet the 10th grade Language Arts requirement. Content for this course is drawn from the literature of America before 1900, as well as contemporary American authors. Through examination of literature in small groups, student projects, and individual effort, students learn to identify typically American themes still evident in our society. Regular emphasis is given to writing and responding to literature in order to develop a strong writing base.
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Course # 4011 - American Voices B (10)
(Teacher recommendation required)
Prerequisite: American Voices A
Students are required to take American Literature B; however, American Voices B does meet the 10th grade Language Arts requirement. This course involves students in a variety of literary and composition experiences. While reading several stories, poems, and plays by American writers, students will learn about literary, poetic and dramatic elements that influence their interpretation of the literature, as well as an assortment of nonfiction. Emphasis is given to themes presented that are still relevant in our culture today. Students will analyze and respond to lit in a variety of ways, including a research-based project.
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Course # 4020 – AP English Language and Composition A (11-12)
Course # 4021 -- AP English Language and Composition B (11-12)

Prerequisites: Met or Exceeded the standards on the 10th Grade MCA Reading Test or Teacher recommendation; and an “A” average in 10th grade English is strongly recommended.
Ranger U This first year college level course offers students an intensive study in both literature and composition. This course will teach students how to identify, analyze and utilize the power of rhetoric. The genre of the nonfiction essay will be explored extensively as support to the themes in the literature. Students will demonstrate their achievement of college-level work by taking the AP English Language and Composition exam in the spring. This course meets the Language Arts writing requirement and adds a Language Arts elective. Students must register for both English Language and Composition A and B.
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Course # 4100 –Communication Theory & Practice (10-12)
Prerequisite: American Lit A or American Voices A
Students are required to take Speech, Communication Theory and Practice, or Argumentation. Communication Theory and Practice prepares students to demonstrate effective communication skills in personal, community and/or work settings. Presentation is the core of class activity as students analyze communication situations, solve problems, participate in dialogue and reflect on their communication practices and observations. Emphasis is on effective speaking and listening in a variety of communication situations. This course meets the Language Arts Communication requirement.
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Course # 4105 – Speech (10-12)
Prerequisite: American Lit A or American Voices A
Students are required to take Speech, Communication Theory and Practice, or Argumentation. Speech requires students to research, construct, analyze and deliver speeches for a variety of purposes and audiences. Skills will be developed in critical analysis of informational and persuasive sources. Presentations may include any of the following: persuasive, informative, impromptu and rhetorical analysis. Students will work on improving communication skills in partner and small group settings. It is strongly recommended that sophomores wait until their junior or senior year to register for this course. This course meets the Language Arts Communication requirement.
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Course # 4115 – CIS Advanced Public Speaking (11-12)
Ranger U Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required. Juniors and Seniors must be in the top 50% of their class and carry a “B” average.
This course continues the study of public speaking for speech enthusiasts and college-bound students. Students will research issues and evaluate proposed positions or solutions using a variety of public speaking methods to communicate their findings. Specific speeches include persuasive forms of public speaking. In addition to completing in-depth issues analysis, students can expect to improve their skills influencing others, improve rational thinking, improve study habits, and improve their abilities overall to effectively communicate and speak in public. This course meets the Language Arts Communication requirement. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 3 semester credits from the University of Minnesota. (Communications 1101:Introduction to Public Speaking)
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Course # 4116 – Argumentation (10-12)
Students are required to take Speech, Communication Theory and Practice, or Argumentation. This course offers college-bound students an opportunity to develop their understanding of researching and analyzing issues. Students conduct research, develop arguments and defend those arguments in both a competitive and academic setting. Students will also discuss the history of argumentation, the importance of argument in a democratic society and the need for critical analysis of information. Successful completion of this course requires independent work outside of class, the ability to access electronic information,and a comfort speaking in front of peers. This course meets the Language Arts Communication requirement..
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Course # 4126 – Advanced Argumentation (11-12)
Prerequisite: A "C" grade in Argumentation or teacher’s permission
This course offers college-bound students an opportunity to further develop the skills learned in Argumentation. Focus is on the research process as students will explore assigned topics in depth. Students conduct primary research, develop arguments and defend those arguments in an academic and competitive setting. This course is largely self-directed, including independent work outside of class and requires a basic understanding of researching on electronic sources.
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Course # 4200 – Hot Topics: Reading & Writing (11-12)
(Teacher recommendation required)
This course is designed to enhance the reading and writing skills for students who traditionally struggle with formal essay skills. The focus will be on current issues and events through the use of NY Times Up Front and local newspapers. The curriculum is based on the needs of the struggling reader and writer, so is not to be taken for college preparation.
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Course # 4205 – Technical Writing (11-12)

Students write original, practical works for a variety of professional purposes, situations, and audiences. Students learn clear and concise writing techniques and acquire written communication skills to better prepare them for the workplace. Assignments include writing memos, business letters, cover letters, technical instructions, brochures, reports and business proposals. Emphasis is placed on correct usage, grammar, formatting, and development; students can expect to revise some assignments until correctness is attained. Students are expected to actively participate in a peer review process. Technical Writing benefits all students who are serious about improving their writing skills.  This course meets the Language Arts elective requirement.
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Course # 4206 – College Prep Composition (11-12)
Students will learn and utilize the writing process through an intensive writing workshop geared toward the rigor of college-level writing. Along with several differing essay formats, students read a variety of essays pertaining to the style and techniques being discussed. The central goal of this course is to bring the writing ability of the high school student to a level that will be successful in a college setting. Students who plan to attend a 4-year college (or a 2 year college to do generals) are recommended to take this course during the junior year of high school. This course meets the Language Arts writing requirement.
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Course # 4207 - Writing Workshop (11-12)
Writing Workshop gives students the opportunity to explore the various modes of writing they will encounter in high school, professional, and post-secondary settings, including narrative, expository, and argument. Students will write and revise a variety of short pieces and three major papers. Throughout the course, students will build essential writing skills.
This course meets the Language Arts writing requirement.
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Course # 4210 – Creative Writing (11-12)
Creative Writing helps students discover the process of art-making with words. It accomplishes this by developing an awareness of the students’ five senses, expanding their imaginations, and alerting them to the relationships between things and people.  Exercises focus on writing scripts, short fiction, and poetry. Examples of various authors’ works will provide a basis for writing.  This course meets the Language Arts elective requirement.
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Course # 4220 – CIS University Writing & Critical Reading (12)
Ranger U Prerequisite: Top 20% of the senior class or teacher's permission
This course provides writing practice which, combined with reading and discussion, is designed to form new strategies for inventing, focusing, drafting, organizing, revising, and editing. While writing four major papers, students will individually and collaboratively analyze, critique, and evaluate writing as college readers and writers. This course meets the Language Arts writing requirement. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 4 semester credits from the University of Minnesota. (Writ 1301)
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Course # 4230 – Creative Writing and Performance (Area Learning Center ONLY)
This course guides students through the creation and analysis of various genres of storytelling and presentation. Students will work to make meaning of the ideas, values and experiences of others through a variety of mentor texts and performances. As a community of writers, students will explore their own imagination and style through several different writing and performance exercises for different audiences. Taking a multi-modal approach to storytelling and performance, students will fill digital backpacks with creative writing and design activities that show artistic voice.
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Course # 4301 – Literature of the Imagination (11-12)
This course centers on the imagination. It examines hypotheses about our beginnings, the reasons for our behavior, our ideals of heroism, our need to make a better world, and our curiosity about our future life. Throughout the term, literature of various cultures will be studied in the format of myths, legends, fantasy, folklore, horror stories, and science fiction. Students will also be reading and studying three novels: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and a choice novel. This course meets the Language Arts Literature requirement.
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Course # 4306 – World Literature (11-12)
World Literature provides college-bound students with an excellent background in acclaimed literature. Studies include major writings that have influenced American culture. A variety of genres are read with emphasis on different perspectives. This course provides challenging reading material and is recommended for students who enjoy discussing a variety of concepts. This course meets the Language Arts Literature requirement.
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Course # 4316 – Popular Literature (10-12)
Prerequisite: American Lit A or American Voices A
Literature, with its potential to entertain and challenge, provides a perfect setting to explore new worlds and new ideas. This is the purpose of Popular Literature. It is designed to continue the study of literary terms and structure begun in American Literature or American Voices and relate them to current themes and topics in literature and society today. Students will examine, discuss, and write about some of the best popular literary selections including modern novels, short stories and essays. Additionally students will read and study five novels. This course meets the Language Arts Literature requirement.
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Course # 4317 – Popular Literature - In Spanish (11-12)
Prerequisite recommendation: Enrolled in Spanish V or Completion of Spanish V
This course is designed for students with a strong Spanish language background. The reading, writing, and discussion will be in Spanish. Literature, with its potential to entertain and challenge, provides a perfect setting to explore new worlds and new ideas. This is the purpose of Popular Literature. It is designed to continue the study of literary terms and structure begun in American Literature or American Voices and relate them to current themes and topics in literature and society today. Students will examine, discuss, and write about some of the best popular literary selections including modern novels, short stories and essays. Additionally students will read and study five novels. This course meets the Language Arts Literature requirement.
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Course # 4320 – CIS Introduction To Literature (12)
Ranger U Prerequisite: Top 30% of the senior class
In this rigorous and exciting class, students read a wide variety of texts set in a broad range of historical and cultural contexts. College level discussions of literary form and interpretation focus on construction of understanding and evaluation. Extensive critical theory will be examined and utilized. Assessment is based on participation in literary groups, reader notebook entries and formal papers. This course meets the Language Arts Literature requirement. Successful completion of this course may enable students to earn 4 college credits from the University of Minnesota. (Eng L 1001W)
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Course # 4325 – AP English Literature & Composition (11-12)
Ranger U AP English offers the college-bound student an intensive study in literature and composition. It emphasizes the development of skills in critical reading and responsive writing. The short-term goal of the course is to enable students to demonstrate their achievement in college-level work by taking the AP exam in the spring. However, the most important long-term goals are to cultivate habits of reading, writing, and thinking that will lead to life-long learning and enjoyment. Several essays are written throughout the term. Prepare to read and write extensively for this course. This course meets the Language Arts Literature requirement.
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Course # 4405 – Technical Theatre (10-12)
Technical Theater explores the technical aspects of theater, including stage lighting, sound, set design, costume design, properties, publicity, and studying plays. Students will also read and analyze several plays and articles, and research historical connections in theater. No previous theater experience is required; however, a strong interest in technical theater is preferred.  This course meets the Language Arts elective requirement.
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Course # 4406 – Theatre Directing & Performance (11-12)
This course explores the performance elements of theater. Units include monologues, scene work, dramatic structure, and improvisational theater. Students learn how to be knowledgeable and critical audience members. They will also demonstrate their understanding of theater through play analysis, the creation and performance of in-class theatrical productions, scripting, and directing their peers in scenes.  This course meets the Language Arts elective requirement.
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Course # 4407 - Introduction to Media (10-12)
Students will learn about the elements and structure of forms of media. Multiple approaches for the interpretation and analysis of television, newspapers, magazines, the internet and film will be explored. These will be examined for their historical, social, and cultural significance as well as basic production elements. Attention will also be paid to the ever-changing role of advertising in mass media.  This course meets the Language Arts elective requirement.
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Course # 4409 - Mass Communication (10-12)
In this course, students will sharpen reading, writing and speaking skills while learning about several aspects of media production through journalism. Each student will be actively involved in maintaining a school news outlet called “Ranger Media”. Media to be produced include: video news stories, print news stories, blogs, and radio news shows/Podcasts. Specific skills to be practiced include filming, photojournalism, video editing, interviewing, news writing and editing, audio recording, and verbal delivery of the news. While working within the genre of journalism, students will also learn media production skills that are broadly applicable. This course is a prerequisite for Advanced Mass Communication.
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Course # 4411 - Advanced Mass Communication (11-12)
Prerequisite: Mass Communication or permission of instructor
This course is intended for motivated students committed to serious work in mass communication. This hands-on class will enable students to advance and deepen their mass communication skills while using their creative talents. Venues may include, but are not limited to, Internet postings and podcasts, film festivals and contests, TV shows, newspapers and newsletters. Students will be able to focus on areas of interest, which may include television, film, radio broadcasting or print journalism.
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Course # 4995 - RTI Reading 9 (9)
(Teacher recommendation required)
Prerequisite: teacher and/or administration recommendation, NWEA, MCA and Fountas and Pinell reading assessments.
This 9th grade RTI reading course provides students with opportunities to apply a variety of curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on critical reading skills to develop specific techniques needed to become successful independent readers. Students may be placed in 9th grade RTI reade 1 or 2 semesters.
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Course # 4305 – British Literature (11-12)
This college-prep course focuses on the Literature of England from the beginnings of the language through the Romantic period. Material covered includes some of the greatest literature written in the language beginning with the old English, Beowulf, and continuing through Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Swift before finishing with the great Romantic poets. Literature will serve as a lens for viewing the people, social institutions and culture. This course meets the Language Arts reading requirement.

Course # 4307 – Literature As Performance (10-12)
Literature as Performance is a performance and activity course. Students will be up and participating each day. Projects include the interpretation of various forms of literature, including fairy tales, serious prose and drama, poetry and humor. Students will be assessed on performance quality, improvement, participation and critiquing of self and others. Attendance, utilizing work time, a rigorous amount of reading and analysis before performing and respect for others are all crucial for this performance course.
Course # 4408 - Public Broadcasting (11-12)
Students will sharpen reading, writing, speaking, and group skills while learning about multiple aspects of the entertaining and competitive world of public radio broadcasting. Broadcast history and practices come to life as students demonstrate understanding of key concepts through collaborative hands-on productions. Units include news, script, and commercial concepts, writing and production. Students will do research, write scripts, and make oral presentations.
 
 Course # 4505 – Developing Reading Skills (10-12)
(Teacher recommendation required)
This course is recommended for students needing to improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills and for those who need to pass the Minnesota Basic Skills Reading Test. This course may be repeated.
 
Course # 4515 – Expanding Reading Skills (10-12)
(Teacher recommendation required) 
This course is a continuation of the Developmental Reading Skills course; however, it may be taken independently of Developmental Reading Skills. Students will continue to improve their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills at a more in-depth level. This course may be repeated.

Course # 4526 – Study Strategies For Success (10-12)
(Teacher recommendation required) 
This class offers In-depth instruction in “how to study” to help the student develop mature skills in studying, time management, note-taking, test taking, reading speed adjustment and advanced vocabulary building. It is open to all students not presently in a required reading course, and is ESPECIALLY RECOMMENDED for all students who plan to attend post-secondary educational programs. Credit for this class applies only toward general graduation requirements, not English elective credit.

Course # 4601 – Journalism A (10-12)
Students will produce at least one issue of The Forest Breeze (School Newspaper) during this term, while learning journalistic skills in writing, editing, design and other aspects of newspaper production. Students will focus on writing skills, discovering what makes news, and studying a journalist’s role.

Course # 4602 – Journalism B (10-12)

Students will produce at least two issues of The Forest Breeze during this term, while refining news writing and production skills. Studies include the responsibilities of the media, including laws and ethics of journalism.

Course # 4603 – Journalism C (10-12)
Students will produce at least two issues of The Forest Breeze during this term, while refining news writing and production skills. Studies include the responsibilities of the media, including laws and ethics of journalism.

Course # 4604 – Journalism D (10-12)

Students will produce at least two issues of The Forest Breeze during this term, while refining news writing and production skills. Studies include the responsibilities of the media, including laws and ethics of journalism.

Course # 4805 – TV and Film Production A (11-12)
TV and Film Production A will offer an introduction to performance of the basic elements of television production, including filming, editing, lighting, sound and interview skills. Each student will be actively involved in the weekly production of a news magazine show, highlighting the art, academic and athletic activities of the high school’s student body. Students will gain experience being a part of a production team and will perform the duties of the floor manager, camera operator, switcher, editor and talent. This class will also be responsible for the live television broadcast of the “Ranger News.”

Course # 4806 – TV and Film Production B (11-12)
TV and Film Production B will continue to explore the elements of TV and Film production. Students in the course will remain actively involved in producing the weekly news magazine show. However, while the students are continuing projects started in TV and Film Production A, this course will expand their skills by switching focus to more creative filming projects. Students will investigate and study various elements of successful film making by studying classic and modern examples. They will then apply the studied theory while practicing new skills, which will include more complex editing skills, special effects, writing a narrative story line and storyboarding. Each student will be responsible for the completion of the following film projects: one film noir piece, one silent film piece and one music video and one short documentary.
 
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