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English Electives
Communication Application

 

In this course students are expected to identify, analyze, develop, and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, group interactions, and personal and professional presentations. This speech course taken for 1 semester is the required speech credit for graduation.

Required for graduation.

Grade Placement: 9- 12

This course is worth 1/2 credit.

 
 

Harris, Geoffry
Teaches: Communication Applications

Room: 2116
Email: 
gharris@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-8359
Visit the class website 
here.

Wilson, Mark
Teaches: Communication Applications

Room: 103
Email: 
mwilson8@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-6995
Visit the class website 
here.

Debate

 

This course is designed to give each student an overview of forensics through the development of 37 persuasive and critical thinking skills through class activities and participation in competitive tournaments in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Cross-Examination Debate, Extemp, and Student Congress. UIL, TFA, or NFL tournament competition is at the discretion of the Director of Forensics.

Grade Placement: 9-12

This course is worth 1 credit.

Debate II

This course is designed with more emphasis on preparing cases in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, cross-examination debate and competition in Student Congress and Extemp. Additional research time will be spent to gain advanced research skills. The student is required to compete in two tournaments per semester.

Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisites: Debate I and Approval of the Director of Forensics

This course is worth 1 credit.

Debate III

This course is designed to integrate the critical thinker into the democratic process. The student acts as a role model and assistant coach working independently on cases and helping prepare the novice debaters for competition. Competing in three tournaments per semester is required.

Grade Placement: 12
Prerequisites: Debate II

This course is worth 1 credit.

 
 

George, Nancy
Teaches: Debate I-III

Room: 233
Email: 
ngeorge@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-7093
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Reading

 

These courses are designed to help students become more skillful readers. Emphasis is placed on reading strategies which enhance reading skills and reading comprehension, vocabulary development, skills for school testing, and an appreciation for reading all types of texts. (A special section is set aside for students identified as dyslexic. Students can only be placed into this section at parent request and counselor approval.) Some instruction is individualized and students may enter either semester for a half-year or full-year program.

Grade Placement: 9-12

This course is worth 1/2-1 credit.

Reading II

These courses are designed to help students become more skillful readers. Emphasis is placed on reading strategies which enhance reading skills and reading comprehension, vocabulary development, skills for school testing, and an appreciation for reading all types of texts. (A special section is set aside for students identified as dyslexic. Students can only be placed into this section at parent request and counselor approval.) Some instruction is individualized and students may enter either semester for a half-year or full-year program.

Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisites: Reading I

This course is worth 1/2-1 credit.

Reading III

These courses are designed to help students become more skillful readers. Emphasis is placed on reading strategies which enhance reading skills and reading comprehension, vocabulary development, skills for school testing, and an appreciation for reading all types of texts. (A special section is set aside for students identified as dyslexic. Students can only be placed into this section at parent request and counselor approval.) Some instruction is individualized and students may enter either semester for a half-year or full-year program.

Grade Placement: 11-12
Prerequisites: Reading II

This course is worth 1/2-1 credit.

 
 

Morden, Cynthia
Teaches: Reading I, II, III

Room: 2011
Email: 
cmorden@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-6968
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here.

Ramirez, Janet
Teaches: Reading I, II, III

Room: 2008
Email: 
cmorden@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-6989
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here.

Independent Study

Academic Decathlon

This course is designed to prepare students for the Academic Decathlon contest. The purposes are to develop a greater respect for knowledge to develop lifetime skills in speech and interview, to gain a better appreciation for music and art, and to promote wholesome competition in academic areas of study. The contest includes six tests of academic strength in math, economics, social studies, science, fine arts, and language and literature. The other areas of testing are speech, essay, and interview. Team members will receive honors credit for this course.

Grade Placement: 11-12
Prerequisites: Teacher Approval

This course is worth 1/2-1 credit.

 
 

Archer, Rebecca

Room: 272
Email: 
rarcher@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-7066
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here.

 

Journalism

 

This full-year course, an introduction to all forms of mass media, emphasizes the type of writing necessary for publishing a school newspaper. The class trains the student in advertising and business management of a publication, helps the student to evaluate news happenings, develops the student's awareness of his responsibility in learning to meet deadlines, and introduces desktop publishing using Macintosh computers. Students also learn public relations skills. The class publishes a newspaper in the spring. 
Grade Placement: 9-12
Prerequisites: None

This course is worth 1 credit.

Photo Journalism

This course familiarizes students with photographic composition, use of the camera and film processing through the opportunity to take pictures and to work on layout problems for the school newspaper and yearbook. Students automatically become members of the school photography staff. 
Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisites:Communication Graphics, Teacher Approval

This course is worth 1 credit.

News Paper I

These courses are concerned primarily with publishing a school newspaper. Students study all phases of journalism, including the computerized technology of typesetting. Improving writing skills and interviewing techniques are major concerns, as is perfecting all types of communication. Also included is advanced study of feature, column, editorial, and sports writing. These courses also allow students to work with a printer and become involved in the cost of newspaper production. 
Grade Placement:10-12
Prerequisites: Journalism

This course is worth 1 credit.

News Paper II

These courses are concerned primarily with publishing a school newspaper. Students study all phases of journalism, including the computerized technology of typesetting. Improving writing skills and interviewing techniques are major concerns, as is perfecting all types of communication. Also included is advanced study of feature, column, editorial, and sports writing. These courses also allow students to work with a printer and become involved in the cost of newspaper production. 
Grade Placement: 11-12
Prerequisites: Newspaper I

This course is worth 1 credit.

Yearbook/Magazine Production I

This course includes the study and application of the elements and processes of developing and producing the school yearbook. Students learn writing, design, and desktop publishing skills. 
Grade Placement: 9-12
Prerequisites: Journalism

This course is worth 1 credit.

Yearbook/Magazine Production II

These courses are continued studies of Advanced Journalism and Yearbook Production. Included are the study of the role of advertising in publication cost, the preparation of ads, practice in advertising sales, graphics, design and layout, with emphasis on preparation of press-ready materials. Students will master advanced desktop publishing techniques.
Grade Placement: 10-12
Prerequisites: Yearbook/Magazine Production I

This course is worth 1 credit.

Yearbook/Magazine Production III

These courses are continued studies of Advanced Journalism and Yearbook Production. Included are the study of the role of advertising in publication cost, the preparation of ads, practice in advertising sales, graphics, design and layout, with emphasis on preparation of press-ready materials. Students will master advanced desktop publishing techniques. 
Grade Placement: 11-12
Prerequisites: Yearbook/Magazine Production II

This course is worth 1 credit.

 
 
Whaley, Diann Mae
Teaches: Journalism, Photo Journalism, News Paper I-II, Yearbook/Magazine Production I-III
Room: 2105
Email: 
dwhaley@aisd.net
Phone: 682-867-7012
Visit the class website here.

 

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