ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL - 2019-2020 PROGRAM OF STUDIES - Andover Public Schools

 
ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL - 2019-2020 PROGRAM OF STUDIES - Andover Public Schools
ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL

                   2019-2020
          PROGRAM OF STUDIES
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Table of Content
  Contacts                                                                    3
  Core Values & 7 Plus H Schedule                                             4
  Overview                                                                    5
  AHS Minimum Requirements for Graduation                                     6
  Promotion Requirements                                                      7
  Requirements for Entrance to Four Year Colleges                             7
  MassCore                                                                    8
  Course Levels                                                               9
  Dual Enrollment                                                             9
  Endorsement of Global Engagement                                            10
  Online-Learning Opportunities                                               10
  AVID                                                                        11
  Senior Exhibition                                                           11
  Community Service                                                           12
  Digital Learning                                                            14
  English                                                                     19
  English Learner Education                                                   27
  Fine Arts • Performing Arts                                                 28
  Fine Arts • Visual Arts                                                     33
  Health Education                                                            38
  Mathematics and Computer Science                                            40
  Physical Education                                                          50
  Science and Engineering                                                     54
  Social Studies                                                              65
  World Languages                                                             74

                          Andover High School reserves the right to cancel any courses based on funding.
                     Courses without enrollment figures that satisfy at least one full section may not be offered.

  Chapter 622

  In compliance with Chapter 622 and Title IX, the Andover Public Schools follows the law that reads:
   No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the
   advantages, privileges and course of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, sexual identity, religion,
   or national origin of such child.

                                                       Cover Illustration: Courtyard by Jenny Yu, AHS Class of 2021 - Watercolor on Paper

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    Directory
                                                            Program Coordinators

                                                            Dr. Jorge Allen, World Language        247 5550
    Administration                                          Adrianne Bock, Social Studies          247 5536
    Dr. Sheldon Berman, Superintendent of                   Beth Delforge, Fine Arts               247 5568
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    Schools                                                 Joanna Ganci, English                  247 5535
    Mrs. Sandra Trauch, Assistant Superintendent 247 7030   Joanne Najarian, Digital Learning      247 7035
    Mr. Philip Conrad, Principal                247 5510    Katherine Richard, Math                247 5553
    Ms. Caitlin Brown, Assistant Principal      247 5513    Donna Ruseckas, Health and Phys. Edu   247 5508
                                                            Dr. Steve Sanborn, Science             247 5551
    Mr. Scott Darlington, Assistant Principal   247 5512
                                                            Jean Tarricone, Special Education      247 5558
    Mr. John Norton, Assistant Principal        247 5511
    Andover High School, Main Office            247 5500

    Counseling Department
    Aixa de Kelley, Dir. of Guidance            247 5549
    Edward Abbott, Counselor                    247 5546
    Kimberly Bergey, Counselor                  247 5548
    Matthew Duncan Counselor                    247 5547
    Heather Dwyer, Counselor                    247 5543
    Anne-Marie Fortier, Counselor               247 5541
    William Hutchins, Counselor                 247 5540
    Jayne Jones, Counselor                      247 5538
    Melissa Martin, Counselor                   247 5542
    Shaniel DeJesus, Registrar                  247 5524
    Debbie Lenzi, Secretary                     247 5504

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                                             Core Values
                                             Andover High School is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and
                                             equitable learning environment where students and staff alike lead by
                                             example, demonstrating collaboration, intellectual curiosity, effective
                                             communication, and real world application of skills. We believe that
                                             promoting physical fitness, extracurricular activities, and student-led
                                             initiatives cultivates active minds and fosters school pride. We believe
                                             strongly in a challenging and diverse curriculum that encourages the
                                             creativity, innovation and risk-taking necessary to succeed in a global
                                             community.

                                                       ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
 7+ H Schedule                                                   Students at AHS are expected to…
 Andover High School has a yearlong
 rotating schedule that operates on an           1) listen and read actively to comprehend, interpret, and analyze
 8-day cycle. Students enroll in 7 credits
                                                   meaning.
 plus an H Block. Courses meet 5 times
 during the 8 day rotation. Most courses         2) write and speak effectively with clarity and purpose.
 are 1.0 credit yearlong classes. There
                                                 3) think critically and creatively to evaluate and solve problems.
 are some elective courses that are of-
 fered as .5 credit classes for a semes-         4) research, examine, and synthesize information.
 ter.
                                                 5) demonstrate real world applications of knowledge and skill.
                                                 6) utilize technology and media to enhance the learning process. to
 H-Block
 In addition to 7 academic credits, all                  SOCIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
 AHS students participate in H-Block
 (Student Enrichment). H-Block is                                  Students at AHS are expected to…
 designed to personalize the students’
 school experience at Andover High
 School and create a strong sense of             7) act with respect, integrity, and compassion.
 community. H-Block provides students            8) make informed decisions regarding the health and well-being of
 with new opportunities:                             themselves and others.
 1) Advisory— Meets Day 1 with a                 9) demonstrate responsibility for their actions.
    small group of students throughout
    the year.
 2) Academic Support—Students                                  CIVIC EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT LEARNING
    seeking assistance sign up for
                                                                   Students at AHS are expected to…
    extra time with teachers. Teachers
    sign up students who are missing
    assignments/need extra help.
                                                 10) cultivate their awareness of contributing to the common good.
 3) Enrichment — If students are
                                                 11) advocate for positive change through active participation in the
    caught up on academics, they are
                                                     democratic process.
    free to sign up for a special activity
    with a teacher.                              12) broaden their knowledge of and respect for world cultures.

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 Program of Studies
 The program of studies contains information necessary to select courses for the academic school year 2019-2020. The
 requirements for graduation are itemized on page 6. It is important for students and parents to be aware of their
 responsibilities in course selection.

 Responsibilities of Students and Parents

                To be aware of all graduation requirements and to have a plan for meeting those requirements.
                To review the established plan each year and check for completed graduation requirements.
                To ensure that the student’s time spent at Andover High School is productive by choosing courses relevant to
                 his/her academic and career interests while challenging his/her abilities.
                To work with the Counseling Department in addressing academic or personal/social difficulties.
                To be aware of the scheduling deadlines for adding and dropping courses.

 Credit Information
 Andover High School students enroll in 7.0 credits of study. Students accumulate credit on their high school transcripts from
 courses successfully completed during grades 9-12 only.

 The Director of Guidance must approve all credit for courses taken outside Andover High School. No more than two summer
 school make-up credits can be counted toward graduation requirements. Enrichment courses taken during the summer are
 not eligible for credit and are not listed on the Andover High School transcript.

 No credit will be given for a course previously passed but repeated to improve proficiency; the repeated course may not be
 used in determining eligibility for interscholastic athletics, with the exception of upper level Physical Education courses.

                            Andover High School reserves the right to make any necessary changes.

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                                                 ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL
                                               GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

                 Department                                                  Class of 2020 & Beyond

                 English                             1 credit                4 credits
                                              per academic year
                 Social Studies            includes World History:           3 credits
                                             Global Interactions,
                                             The Modern World,
                                                US History II

                 Mathematics                         1 credit                4 credits
                                              per academic year
                 Science                         lab sciences                3 credits

                 World Language                                              2 credits*

                 Physical                                                    2 credits
                 Education
                 Health Education                                            1 credit

                 Arts: Performing/                                           1.5 credits*
                 Visual or Digital
                 Learning
                 Electives                                                   3.5 credits

                 Minimum credits                                             24 credits
                 for graduation:

             *The principal may waive this graduation requirement for students with severe language-based learning disabilities

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Promotion Requirements

Class of 2020 and beyond
  Grade 9 to 10                                    Students must have passed                          6 credits
  Grade 10 to 11                                   Students must have passed                         12 credits
  Grade 11 to 12                                   Students must have passed                         18 credits
  Grade 12 to Graduation                           Students must have passed              24 credits & the MCAS

                   Massachusetts Public College and University Minimum Admissions Standards

                          4 Years English
                          4 Years Math (minimum of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry)
                          3 Years Lab-based Science
                          2 Years Social Studies (including 1 credit in U.S. History)
                          2 Years Foreign Language (in the same language)

                          2 Years Electives

                   Ideal Program for Entrance to Selective Colleges

                          4 Years English
                          4 Years Math
                          4 Years Science
                          4 Years Social Studies
                          3-5 Years World Language

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             MassCore
             Massachusetts High School Program of Studies
             English/Language Arts          4 Units*

             Mathematics                    4 Units

                                            Including the completion of Algebra II or completion of the Integrated Math equivalent. All
                                            students are recommended to take a math course during their senior year.

             Science                        3 Units of lab-based science
                                            Coursework taken in technology/engineering may count for MassCore science credit. Note: In
                                            June 2012, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) revised its admission standards to
                                            count technology/engineering coursework based on academic standards and taken for science
                                            credit as meeting the science admissions requirement.

             History/Social Science         3 Units
                                            Including US History and World History.
             Foreign Language**             2 Units
                                            Of the same language.
             Physical Education             As required by law
                                            State law (M.G.L. c. 71,s. 3) states: “Physical education shall be taught as a required subject in all
                                            grades for all students.”
                                            Health can be integrated into Physical Education, science, or taught as a stand-alone course.
             The Arts**                     1 Unit

             Additional Core Courses        5 Units
                                            Business Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Health,Technology or any of the
                                            subjects above. Note: Most students majoring in CTE will take more than 5 units in a CTE program
                                            of study.
                                            22 Units - Is a minimum that students should take in high school

             Additional Learning            Complete as many of the following as possible:
             Opportunities                  Advanced Placement (AP); Capstone or Senior Project; Dual Enrollment courses taken for both
                                            high school and college credit; Online courses; Service Learning; and Work-based Learning.

             *A unit represents a full academic year of study or its equivalent in a subject that covers all the standards contained in a specific
             Curriculum Framework.

             MassCore is the recommended program of study that Massachusetts high school students need in order to be better prepared for
             college and a career. Developed by a statewide advisory group from the K-12, higher education and business sectors, MassCore
             maintains flexibility for students and high schools while allowing districts to set additional graduation requirements. Courses
             included in MassCore should be rigorous, engaging, and based on appropriate Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks high

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Credit Values of Courses

In a year, the majority of academic courses will meet 5 times in an 8 day cycle and 1.0 credit will be granted per course. Courses
meeting for one semester receive .5 credit. Credits are determined by the frequency of class meetings and granted as follows:

Full year courses:                        1.0 credit

Semester courses:                         0.5 credit

All courses offered at Andover High School emphasize critical thinking skills and are leveled according to difficulty.

                     Courses are leveled as follows:
   Level 7            Advanced Placement
   Level 5            Enriched
   Level 1            Honors Program
   Level 2            Demanding College Preparatory Program
   Level 3            College Preparatory Program
   Unleveled          Elective Courses

 Advanced Placement Program
The Advanced Placement program at Andover High School is designed to offer the able and motivated student an
academically challenging classroom experience comparable to a first year college course. Students recommended for an
Advanced Placement course are expected to complete a student contract and the required summer assignments. It is the
expectation that students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses take the A.P. exam(s). Students taking the exam(s) are
responsible for paying the standard test fee.

The Dual Enrollment Program provides opportunities for Andover High School juniors and seniors to take college-level
courses and earn credit simultaneously toward high school completion and their future college degrees. The Dual Enrollment
Program eases the transition from high school to college, allows students to get a head start on their college careers, and
provides meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students.

Merrimack College Program
Andover High School juniors and seniors who have shown to be capable of succeeding at college level work are eligible to
take courses at Merrimack College on a tuition-free, space-available basis. Any other fees or costs are the responsibility of
the student. Students interested in registering for fall semester classes should discuss this option with their counselor and
review the course of studies and registration materials from Merrimack College during August.

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Endorsement of Global Engagement
The Endorsement of Global Engagement program (EGE) is an opportunity for students to earn an official certification attached
to the Andover High School transcript stating that the student has gone beyond normal expectations to analyze, interact and
develop global competence and understanding which will lead to future success in an increasingly interconnected world.

To obtain the endorsement, rising sophomores who are admitted into the program must meet the following criteria:
         Earn 4 credits in the same world language.
         Take 4 additional courses from the identified academic course list.
         Participate in a Global Service Learning experience outside of Andover for a minimum of 20 hours.
         Participate in an Immersive Global Engagement Travel experience for a minimum of 20 hours
         Fulfill the EGE e-Portfolio requirements, which include completing an investigation on a global issue and writing a
            research paper, developing an EGE resume, writing a reflective essay on the experience and creating a final
            presentation.

Virtual Courses – Online Learning Opportunities
 Andover High School juniors and seniors who have demonstrated academic success have the opportunity to enroll in online
 elective courses through a variety of educational institutions including Virtual High School, Keystone High School Online,
 Brigham Young University Online and edX.

 Acceptable Use Policy & Administrative Procedures
 All students must complete the district’s Acceptable Use Policy & Administrative Procedures form in order to receive a
 password to access the school’s computer network. Please be aware that many courses require access to the school
 department’s computer network.

Virtual High School (VHS) is a non-profit organization that offers online learning opportunities to high school students
throughout the United States and the world. VHS utilizes teachers from member schools to teach courses. Because of the large
number and variety of member schools in VHS, VHS offers a wide range of classes. Many courses are available, including
Advanced Placement, honors, and standard courses spanning a variety of disciplines and interests. Juniors and seniors at
Andover High School may apply to take courses through VHS. Because VHS uses an online format, students must possess a high
degree of self-discipline and independence in order to keep up with the coursework. Interested students should peruse the
VHS catalog (http://vhslearning.org/) and see if there are courses that interest them. Some courses have grade level
restrictions, so students should make sure that they are at the appropriate level. Students may not take a VHS course that
directly duplicates a course offered at Andover High School.

Students will receive credits for VHS courses, but VHS courses will not count towards the Andover High School GPA. Students
should take the VHS on-line quiz to see if they possess the necessary skills to be successful in the program. Students who feel
that VHS is an appropriate choice, should find a course of interest in the VHS catalog, and fill out an application. Applications
are available in the Counseling Department. Once this paperwork is complete, the student should return the application to the
Director of Guidance, who will evaluate the student's application. If approved, the student will be assigned an account on VHS
and be enrolled in the course. Andover High School is allotted 25 VHS seats per semester. If there are more qualified students
interested in VHS than seats available, a lottery will be held to select students.

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AVID
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness elective class for highly motivated students who
plan to attend a four-year college. Students are required to take a rigorous course load (some honors and AP), with the
understanding that they will be supported in the AVID Elective class.
Students will be supported by focusing on various strategies, which will help them to be successful such as:
                      organization
                      time management
                      study skills
                      reading and writing
                      public speaking
                      note taking
INFORMATION ABOUT THE AVID ELECTIVE CLASS - Students must complete a weekly assignment, which requires them to
demonstrate a deeper understanding of the content from their other classes. College students visit the AVID classes each week
to support their learning and to serve as role models. Starting freshmen year, AVID students begin to learn what is required to
be accepted into a four-year college and about the college experience. Each year, students visit at least one college campus in
order to begin to consider the characteristics that will be important to them when they apply to college.
 WHAT IS REQUIRED OF AN AVID STUDENT? AVID students are required to maintain an organized binder, to utilize a planner,
and to take Cornell notes in their classes. In addition, they are expected to maintain good grades and appropriate behavior. As
freshmen, AVID students are strongly encouraged to take at least two honors classes. Each progressive year of high school,
enrollment for honors and AP courses is expected to increase.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE AVID PROGRAM? AVID applications are available in the Counseling Department. For more
information about the application process for incoming 9th graders, please contact Aixa de Kelley at (978) 247-5549.

   AVID1                         AVID Year 1                                                         1.0 Credit

Prerequisite: Students will be selected through an application and interview process.

   AVID2                         AVID Year 2                                                          1.0 Credit

Prerequisite: AVID Year 1 or permission from the AVID Elective Site Team.

   AVID3                         AVID Year 3                                                          1.0 Credit

Prerequisite: AVID Year 2.

Senior Exhibition
                        Senior Exhibition                       Unleveled                    .5 to 1.0 Credit

Students should not select Senior Exhibition as part of their course selection sheet.
A highly selective, independent, academic project, this project offers a senior an opportunity to conduct a rigorous
investigation on a topic of his/her choice and create an original product. Permission is granted after the submission of a written
proposal. The student must meet regularly with an advisor. At the completion of the investigation, the student must present
their final product at the annual Senior Exhibition in May. Credit is awarded based on hours completed.

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Community Service
                       Community Service                            Unleveled                  .5 Credit
Students may earn credit for performing documented service OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL TIME. Students must complete a contract
with the Community Service Director prior to beginning service. To fulfill their contracts students must complete a minimum of
sixty hours of service to receive .50 credit. Among the more than 30 sites some of the popular options include:
            • Tutoring at an Andover or Lawrence elementary or middle school
            • Visiting senior citizens at a local nursing home or the Andover Senior Center
            • Supervising pre-school children at various daycare centers
            • Serving the hungry and homeless at Bread & Roses or Lazarus House

Students participating in community service must consult with the Community Service Director, Eric Pellerin to select a
schedule and establish a contract for their service program prior to starting. Students and parents wishing to discuss service
opportunities may email Mr. Pellerin at epellerin@aps1.net.

  CS040                Peer Mentor Health Connections               Unleveled                  .5 Credit

Peer Mentors are paired up with disabled students in the Excel Program and help facilitate instruction in the Health
Connections classroom. The Health Connections class is co-taught by a general education Health teacher and the Special
Education teacher in a reverse inclusion model. The Peer Mentors work closely with both the Health and Special Education
teachers to plan and prepare Health lessons within the reverse inclusion model and then are paired up with their disabled
peers and help facilitate instruction.

  CS050                Peer Mentor Science Connections              Unleveled                  .5 Credit

Peer Mentors are paired up with disabled students in the Excel Program and help facilitate instruction in the Science
Connections classroom. The Science Connections class is co-taught by a general education Science teacher and the Special
Education teacher in a reverse inclusion model. The Peer Mentors work closely with both the Science and Special Education
teachers to plan and prepare science lessons within the reverse inclusion model and then are paired up with their disabled
peers and help facilitate instruction.

   CS060               Peer Mentor Excel/ABA Programs               Unleveled                  .5 Credit

Students volunteer to work as Peer Mentors in either the Excel or ABA Special Education Programs. Peer Mentors are paired up
with disabled students in either the Excel or ABA Program and work under the direction of the special education teacher.

   CS070               PE Buddy Program                             Unleveled                 .5 Credit

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to work with high school students with special needs through the
adapted physical education program. Students will assist the adapted physical education teacher in implementing the program
and will also learn how to work with students who have varied physical and/or cognitive special needs. Students who desire to
become part of the Methods/Practicum: Specializing in Adapted Physical Education course (PE Buddy program), must attain
prior approval by the Andover High School course instructor and the physical education department program coordinator.
Approval will be based on character, past physical education performance/participation, and career choice. Once a student
attains approval, he or she will be accepted into the PE Buddy program. Students who are accepted into the PE Buddy program
will act as “student teachers” and one-on-one assistants for students with special needs within the adapted physical education
program. Under the direction of the teacher, they will be given the opportunity to work with students with special needs, one-
on-one and as a group. They will also be given the opportunity to plan and lead a variety of activities such as warm-ups, lesson
skills and physical activities and culminating activities. This course is designed for juniors and seniors and must be taken in
addition to a traditional physical education course.
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    CS080              Peer Mentor Life Skills                  Unleveled                    .5 Credit

Students volunteer to work in the Life Skills Program. Peer Mentors are paired up with disabled students in the Life Skills
Program and work under the direction of the special education teacher.

Seniors Only
    CS090              AVID Tutor                              Unleveled                        .5 or 1 Credit

AVID Tutors work under the direction of the classroom teacher to facilitate and coach small groups of students who are
engaged in academic problem-solving. The tutors do not re-teach curriculum nor do they work as homework assistants. The
tutors engage with students as academic coaches to facilitate peer learning and instruction. All tutors must participate in a
comprehensive AVID training on program methodologies .
Essential Functions:
     Facilitate and coach small groups of students with academic curriculum
     Engage in problem-solving with students
     Teach and model the use of skillful questioning with students
     Take direction from the classroom teacher on coaching strategies and methodology
     Act as role models and mentors for students

Being part of a program at the forefront of education is the best preparation possible for a career in teaching or in any other
job which is people oriented. AVID is currently in over 5,000 schools in 44 states and in 16 countries.

    CS100              COM SERV- SC LAB ASSISTANT              Unleveled                        .5 Credit

Science lab assistants support science teachers in both the laboratories and classrooms by assisting with a variety of tasks
including but not limited to helping to prepare materials for laboratory investigations, researching information for class and lab
prep, conducting inventories of lab equipment and materials, cleaning and maintaining lab spaces and equipment, assisting
teachers when appropriate and possible with carrying out lab investigations with classes, organizing and preparing class
instructional materials, and other related tasks as needed.

     Please note that community service work completed during the summer is not eligible for high school credit.

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 DIGITAL LEARNING
 Digital Learning courses offer insights in the Business, Technology
 and Communication fields. Each course offers students opportunities to
 address real world problems and a variety of business issues. Students will
 apply critical thinking and communication skills in each of the classes offered.
 In addition; students will enhance creativity by working individually as well as
 collaboratively. In addition to providing valuable career information and
 experiences, courses in Digital Learning are intended to provide transferable
 skills that are useful in both personal and employment situations. The
 emphasis on technology in these courses is intended to reflect transferable
 skills, competencies and technological advancements, which are important
 components of all career fields.

     DL111              Marketing                                      Honors                          .5 Credit
     DL112              Marketing                                      College Prep/ Level 2           .5 Credit

  Introduction to Marketing is a program of instruction in merchandising and management. Students also investigate many
  career opportunities and are prepared for a business administration/business management curriculum in college. Some of
  the areas covered are retailing, fashion merchandising, advertising, buying and selling as well as the marketing and
  distribution of goods and services. Students have the opportunity to join the DECA Business and Marketing Organization.
  Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop
  as well. Additionally, students participating will receive a certification in Online Business Development. Students who
  participate in DECA may also receive a Certificate of Excellence. Open to grades 10-12.

    DL100              Entrepreneurship                               Unleveled                     .5 Credit

 This course will provide students with the techniques and tools needed to start and operate their own business. Tools include
 web design, financial reports, advertising campaigns, and public relations. Through peer reviews and product development,
 students will utilize critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication to fulfill the course requirement. The focus
 of this course will be to select a business/product, prepare a business plan, and learn how to manage an ongoing business.
 Students will also have the opportunity to join the DECA Business and Marketing Organization. Students enrolled in this
 course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop. Additionally, students
 participating will receive a certification in Entrepreneurship: Creating The Business. Open to grades 9-12.

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 DL200                  Film/Video Production                   Unleveled                      .5 Credit

This is a hands-on course designed to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of television as a medium for communication.
Working primarily in groups, students will learn about the principles of communication, techniques of effective audio/visual
communication and technical setup and operation of television equipment. They will also be taught to write, produce, direct,
and edit both studio and field productions for use on the Andover Channels: Educational Channel (Verizon 43/ Comcast 99) and
Public Channel (Verizon 47 / Comcast 8), also streamed live 24/7 at AndoverTV.org. The course involves after-school hours that
will be used to record various sports and school events. At the conclusion of the course students will have the opportunity to
receive a certification in Video Production. Students enrolled in this course have access to a computer lab but are encouraged
to bring their own district-approved laptop as well for scriptwriting, note taking and daily assignments. This entry level course
requires no previous production experience. Open to Grades 9-12.

DL230                  Advanced Film/Video Production          Unleveled                      .5 Credit

This hands-on course is designed for students who have completed DL200 (Film/Video Production). It is a project-based course
where students would become proficient at the following tasks and functions: Talent/Anchor, Producer, Director, Technical
Director, Writer, Editor, Camera Operator, Graphic Coordinator, Teleprompter Operator, Audio Technician, Set-Design, and
Lighting. The students will produce a wide variety of studio and field productions. They will develop in-depth skills to shoot “On
Location” as well as in the High Definition Television Studio. Most productions will be aired on our local cable television
channels: Education Channel (Verizon 43 / Comcast 99) and Public Channel (Verizon 47 / Comcast 8), also streamed live 24/7 at
AndoverTV.org. The course also requires students to work after-school hours recording, producing, and packaging various
events. Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved
laptop as well for scriptwriting, note taking and daily assignments. Students will receive a certificate in Video Editing & Digital
Storytelling. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Film/Video Production

 DL240                  Broadcast Journalism                    Unleveled                     .5 credit

Broadcast Journalism is an introductory course that will explore all aspects of television news and visual storytelling. Students
will learn the basics of reporting, videography and broadcast journalism. In this hands-on, collaborative environment, students
will produce and broadcast the AHS News program, which will air weekly to the AHS Community. Areas of study would include
producing, story selection, writing, reporting, interviewing, camera work, editing, directing, graphics, audio, lighting and much
more. This entry level course requires no previous production experience. Open to Grades 9-12.

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    DL400              Web Design and Development I                    Unleveled                         .5 Credit

This project-based course introduces students to the design and development of websites using HTML5 and CSS3 and
JavaScript. By the end of the course, students will know how to plan, design and code web applications from scratch.
Students will learn how to convert a design mockup into static web pages and to use Responsive Web Design Fundamentals so
their web apps look good on any device - desktop, tablets and mobile!
Throughout the course students will become proficient in the languages of HTML and CSS. In addition, the basics of JavaScript
will be covered.
Technologies, software and frameworks used last year:
    Brackets code editor
    Image editors such as Pixlr and Gimp
    Materialize CSS front end framework based on Google’s Material Design

Some additional topics covered include:
   How the Internet Works and the Internet and Society
   User Interface and User Experience
   Web App Performance
The course does not require any prior knowledge of HTML or web development.
Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop as
well.

    DL430              Web Design and Development II                   Unleveled                      .5 credit

The JAMstack is a new way of building websites and apps that delivers better performance, higher security and lower cost
development.

The J is for JavaScript This could be any frontend framework, library, or even vanilla JavaScript.

The A is for APIs. All server-side processes or database actions are abstracted into reusable APIs.

The M is for Markup. Templated markup should be prebuilt at deploy time, usually using a site generator for content sites, or a
build tool for web apps.

Throughout the course of a semester, students will explore JAMstack solutions through real-world projects. Each student will
be coached to “discover” new technologies and concepts, on their own, and working in groups. Some example projects might
include a blog, e-commerce site or a sophisticated company website.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Web Design & Development I
Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop as
well.

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    DL470              ComputerCraft: Exploring Computer Science        Unleveled                     .5 Credit

ComputerCraft is a an easy and fun way to explore computer science and programming inside the world of Minecraft.
Students will develop important real-world skills by using programming languages to solve problems and build virtual
environments through a variety of projects. It doesn’t matter if you are new to programming, new to Minecraft or experienced
- all are welcome!
During the first half of the course, students will alter their own individual Minecraft worlds by creating programs with the
Python programming language. Some projects include “Teleporting with Variables” and “Minecraft Magic with for Loops”.
For the second half of the course, students will be challenged to work together in multi-player worlds and program turtle
robots to build and create houses, buildings, caves and more! Students will use a visual code editor and text editor to develop
programs with the Lua programming language.
Topics covered will include:
     Anatomy of a Computer: Hardware, software and people
     Computing and Society
     Problem Solving, Processes, and Algorithms
     Basic programming concepts such as conditional statements, loops and debugging

Students enrolled in this course work within a computer lab but are encouraged to bring their own district-approved laptop.
Students are also expected to purchase Minecraft for their PC or Mac.

    DL420               Andover Innovation Design Lab                    Unleveled                       .5 credit

The AI Design Lab is an innovation lab that offers our students the skills to grapple with problems that do not yet exist.
Students in the AI Design Lab experience an “intense integrated environment characterized by ambiguous, complex, ill-defined
and unstructured problems to be addressed by rigorous brain/hand storming, extreme collaboration, prototyping, iterating,
design, and experimental methodologies.”
The AI Design Lab class operates around a semester based theme, (themes include: the classroom, myth, fun and games, play-
ground power, stuff, society, risk, etc), during which students participate in four, month-long design challenges. During the first
month of every semester, students learn essential design thinking skills utilizing IDEO and Stanford University’s Design Thinking
tool kits. Design challenges in each theme are based on an iterative model, where learners undergo a series of graduated
problems under the close supervision of a faculty coach who constantly assesses and offers feedback to the students.
There is an online component to this class. Students are required to spend time posting to the discussion board on the class
website (http://andoverhighschoolstudenthelpdesk.blogspot.com). Students will also find critical information for class posted
there as well. Students are expected to visit the website daily.
Course Objectives: Through the AI Design Lab, the students will develop the following skills:
     radical collaboration
     immersive project-based environment                                 The AI Design Lab offers students an opportunity
     mission-critical classroom                                          to focus on five process areas -
     cutting edge skills and technologies                                1. solution-finding/framing,
     work with ill structured problems in completely integrated,         2. multidisciplinary team building,
      action oriented environment                                         3. ideation/brain and hand storming,
                                                                          4. prototyping/testing and iterative design,
Students also enhance classical skills                                    5. narrative/counter-narrative development.
 research
 oral communication and presentation                                     Students will engage the course as design
                                                                          thinkers tackling local and global issues and then
 quantitative reasoning and analysis
                                                                          mapping/creating solutions.
 audio, visual and digital art
 scientific reasoning and analysis

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  DL460                AHS Student Help Desk                     Unleveled                    .5 Credit

The Student Technology Innovation and Integration course, open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12, is a semester long,
hands on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students are required to assess problem sets throughout
the day and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem. In addition to solving problems for students and
teachers, students will be required to complete and maintain several running projects that address problems or solutions in
educational technology integration.
Interviews are held in the late spring. Upon successful completion of Student Technology Integration I, and with the approval of
the Instructional Technology Specialist, students may elect to enroll in Student Technology Integration II.

The course also asks students to have a prior understanding of Apple OS, Microsoft Windows OS, and the iPad iOS. To be
considered for Help Desk, students are required to interview with the Instructional Technology Specialist, members of the
Andover Public School Digital Learning and Technology Team, as well as the AHS administration. Student intern responsibilities
include:

           ● Manage and maintain netbook, laptop, and iPad carts
           ● Bi-Weekly Blogging and Short Reports Of Project Development
           ● Support computer and technology operations in Media Center
           ● Work with students and staff on how to use technology
           ● Troubleshoot and repair hardware and equipment
           ● Support classroom technology applications and hardware, upon request
           ● Utilize Manage Desk Service Help Desk application
           ● Assist technology operations and IT staff with ongoing assignments

  DL300                 Yearbook Publication                           Unleveled                          .5 Credit

Students enrolled in this course will learn how to use advanced hardware and software technologies to develop the Andover
High School Yearbook. The course requires outside time. Students will develop knowledge of photo, typography, color theory
and Adobe design programs. This course will use various software to create, edit and layout the annual yearbook. Class
activities will be coordinated with the advisor of the yearbook.
Prerequisite: Seniors Only who have taken Graphic Design or with permission from the teacher.

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English Language Arts
The mission of the Andover High School English Department is to prepare all students to successfully participate in a modern
society in which great literature and literary traditions are valued and passed on, clear communication and successful
collaboration are essential to the common good, and creative endeavors are wholeheartedly supported. We offer a program
that strives to develop literate and literary citizens who can read and think critically and creatively, who can analyze literature
and text, and who are able to write with power and clarity for various purposes. Students also learn study and research
strategies and they develop communication and active listening skills. By experiencing a relevant and rigorous English
curriculum, Andover High students will be well-positioned to pursue advanced studies in any area of interest.

Andover High School students are required to earn four credits of English and to take English all four years to qualify for a di-
ploma. All 9th grade students are enrolled in a year of English 9, a foundation course in literature, language and writing or
World Studies which is an interdisciplinary course in English and Social Studies. The English 10 course and Modern World Stud-
ies provide the second foundation year of the program, and 10th graders take the English MCAS exam in March of their sopho-
more year. Eleventh graders will choose from the following courses: Survey of American Literature, AP Language and Composi-
tion, or the interdisciplinary American Studies course. Seniors may choose from a wide variety of elective courses, either two ½
credit courses or a full year course. Those courses are also open to interested juniors in addition to their English 11 choice.

Our curriculum is informed by the Guiding Principles for English Language Arts and Literacy Programs as outlined in the 2017
Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy-

● Develops thinking and language through interactive learning
● Uses literature to develop student understanding of their literary heritage
● Draws on informational texts and multimedia to build academic vocabulary and content
  knowledge
● Develops oral language and literacy
● Emphasizes writing arguments, explanatory/informative texts, and narratives
● Holds high expectations for all students
● Provides explicit skill instruction in writing
● Builds on the language, experiences, knowledge and interests of students
● Nurtures students’ sense of their common ground and prepares them to participate
  responsibly in school and civic life
● Reaches out to families and the community to sustain a literate society

Summer Reading Initiative
The Andover High School English Department will continue its summer reading program to encourage all students to be active
readers during the vacation months. Our goal is to build a community of readers and to provide our students the experience of
sharing, discussing and writing about a text at the start of each semester. The summer reading assignment/choices will be
posted on the APS website. We encourage family members to participate.

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English Language Arts Course Offerings
  Year                                        Course Options                                   Options
  Freshman                                    English 9                                        Honors
  1 credit                                                                                     or
                                              OR                                               College Prep

  Freshman                                    World Studies                                    Honors and College Prep in
  2 credits (1 English & 1 SS)                                                                 same class
  Meets 2 periods across the cycle

  Sophomore                                   English 10                                       Honors
  1 credit                                                                                     or
                                              OR                                               College Prep
  Sophomore                                   Modern World Studies                             Honors
  2 Credits ( 1 English & 1 SS)                                                                or
  Meets 2 periods across the cycle                                                             College Prep

  Junior                                      English 11 Courses                               Advanced Placement,
  1 credit                                    AP Language and Composition                      Honors
                                              Survey of American Literature                    or
                                                                                               College Prep
                                              OR

  Junior                                      American Studies                                 Honors and College Prep in
  2 credits (1 English & 1SS)                                                                  same class
  Full year: meets 2 periods across the
  cycle
                                              English 12 Courses/Junior Electives
  Senior                                      Survey of British Literature                     Honors
  1 credit                                    Survey of American Literature or AP Language     or
                                              and Composition (Seniors may choose a Junior     College Prep
                                              course they did not take in Grade 11.)           AP

  Senior                                      Dramatic Literature                              Honors and College Prep in
  1 credit (Juniors may elect Dramatic        Humanities                                       the same classes
  Literature or Humanities in addition to
  their required Grade 11 class.)             Senior Capstone:
                                              Advanced Research

  Senior .5 credit 1 semester                 Contemporary Text                                Honors and College Prep in
  Seniors may take 2 half-credit courses      Cultural Revolutions                             the same classes
  to fulfill their English requirement.       Dominant Ideas
  uniors and seniors may take any of the
  electives in addition to the 1 credit per   Creative Writing
  year requirement.                           Long Form Journalism
                                                                                               Honors
                                              Senior Capstone: Advanced Research Project
  Advanced Placement Junior or Senior         Advanced Placement Language and Composition      AP
  Year
  1 credit
  Advanced Placement                          Advanced Placement Literature and Composition    AP
  Senior Year Only
  1 credit
  Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior         Newspaper Production (this course may be taken   Unleveled
  ½ credit, 1 semester                        more than once)

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Leveling
The Honors/Level 1 course is designed for those who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in both reading and writing,
who can work easily and well with abstract ideas and who can responsibly and independently manage a rigorous academic
workload. The College Prep/Level 2 course is designed for those who have demonstrated proficiency in both reading and
writing, who need some assistance making the leap from concrete to abstract ideas and who benefit by a bit more structure in
order to be successful with a rigorous academic workload. College Prep/Level 3 is designed for students who require
substantial accommodations or modifications in order to access the general education curriculum. Classes offered at varied or
mixed levels provide differentiated approaches to instruction, assignments, assessments, and/or pacing.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are taught at the college level and follow an approved College Board curriculum. AP courses
are demanding courses requiring a great deal of outside preparation. The pace is rigorous.

Grade 9
Criteria for Placement into Grade 9 Honors and College Prep
Past experience indicates that students experience greatest success when the information about class levels and the
course selection criteria below are followed:
      Honors – Students should average A or A- in English Grade 8.
      College Prep/Level 2 – Students should average B+ to B- in English Grade 8.
      College Prep/Level 3 – Students averaging C+ or below in English Grade 8.

  EN011                                English 9                      Honors                         1 Credit
  EN012                                English 9                      College Prep/Level 2           1 Credit
  EN013                                English 9                      College Prep/Level 3           1 Credit

English 9 is organized around four archetypal themes that pervade almost all literature whether it is ancient or modern. All
students read to develop understanding of their literary heritage using non-fiction, poetry and short stories, as well as
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Additional rich literature choices reflect high expectations for all and include Oedipus, Animal
Farm, and A Tale of Two Cities. Involvement in the writing process is required of every student in grade 9, and explicit instruction
is provided to develop skills such as organization, analysis, and criticism. The use of non-fiction supports writing instruction.
Oral language is developed through large and small group discussions and multimedia presentations that reflect the varied ex-
periences, knowledge and interests of the students. Standard English usage conventions and vocabulary development continue
to be taught in conjunction with the reading and the writing.

  EN021                World Studies                                  Honors                               1 Eng/1 SS Credit
  EN022                World Studies                                  College Prep/Level 2                 1 Eng/1 SS Credit

World Studies is a full year course which combines ninth grade English and Social Studies, and is therefore an alternative to
taking English 9 and World History: Global Interaction separately. This course will utilize an interdisciplinary, team-taught
approach to studying the cultures, history, and literature from the time period of early modern world history. Using small
group collaborative activities, oral presentations, process writing, debates, discussions, and individual assignments, the class
will engage students in a broad spectrum of educational experiences preparing them to participate responsibly in school and
civic life. Honors and College Prep are combined in the class.

English 10
  EN121                English 10                                     Honors                               1 Credit
  EN122                English 10                                     College Prep/Level 2                 1 Credit
  EN123                English 10                                     College Prep/Level 3                 1 Credit

Organized around major literary themes and dualities, and sometimes taught chronologically, English 10 builds upon the
reading and writing skills developed in the 9th grade. Adding to their ability to perceive the major archetypal patterns, students
learn to use their knowledge of history as a tool to access literature and deepen their understanding of their literary heritage.
Core reading selections include The Things They Carried and at least two choices from the following selections: Night, Lord of
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the Flies, The Great Gatsby, The House on Mango Street and The Crucible. Students also read short stories, poetry, and non-
fiction text. Students will engage with the literature through text-based critical and analytical discussions, collaborative
multimedia presentations, and opportunities for creative writing and performance. Writing for varied purposes is regularly
assigned in order to develop the higher order thinking skills required in building arguments and providing analysis. Students
engage in an interactive recursive writing process. Standard English usage conventions and vocabulary development continue
to be taught in conjunction with the reading and the writing.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9.

  EN131         Modern World Studies                   Honors                               1 Eng/ 1 SS Credit
  EN132         Modern World Studies                   College Prep/Level 2                 1 Eng / 1 SS Credit

Modern World Studies is a two credit interdisciplinary course that infuses tenth grade English and Social Studies with arts and
innovation. Students will explore the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through global history, literature and art. They will
examine phenomena of the past two hundred years, such as industrialization, imperialism, nationalism, genocide and revolu-
tion, and seek to understand the human experience through various text forms and genres from and about this time-period.
Working collaboratively, students will then apply their understanding of the modern world and will explore problem-solving
processes such as Design Thinking to create solutions to the pressing challenges facing our world.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 or World Studies.

Grade 11
Grade 11 students will choose from AP Language and Composition, American Literature or American Studies. Students may
choose additional English courses as academic electives.
Recommendation for placement in Grade 11* will be based on the academic performance during the previous year. The
basic criteria are as follows:
    Honors/Level 1: Students already enrolled in an Honors class should maintain a B or better to continue in that level
    College Prep/Level 2: Students with A or A- grades in College Prep may be recommended for Honors, but students who
        have received B+ to a C and below in College prep should remain at that level.
    College Prep/Level 3: Students who require substantial accommodations or modifications to access the general
        education curriculum should be in College Prep/Level 3.
* AP Criteria listed in upcoming pages

  EN231         Survey of American Literature           Honors                              1 Credit
  EN232         Survey of American Literature           College Prep/Level 2                1 Credit
  EN233         Survey of American Literature           College Prep/Level 3                1 Credit

Survey of American Literature uses a historical approach to literature. Examining themes common to specific eras, students
read literature from the romantic period to the 20th Century. The course will explore how literature reflects the developing
American experience. In addition to studying literature, students may begin preparation for college testing and application
essays.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Grade 10.

  EN221         American Studies                       Honors                           1 Eng/1 SS Credit
  EN222         American Studies                       College Prep/Level 2             1 Eng/1 SS Credit

American Studies is a team taught 11th grade course, which uses a chronological, interdisciplinary approach to the study of
American History from the period of Reconstruction through the historical developments of the present. Emphasis is placed
upon student understanding of the interrelationships among literature, history, art, and music. Using seminars, small and large
group presentations, creative projects, simulations, discussions and debates, students will gain a greater understanding of
American history and culture. The literary selections for the course are aligned with these time periods and will be discussed
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through an historical, social lens. These will include (but are not limited to) the following: Orphan Train, When the Emperor
Was Divine,Thirteen Days, All My Sons, The Road, Cat’s Cradle, The Grapes of Wrath, The Invisible Man, and selections from
Hemingway and Zora Neale Hurston. Students in this course will be required to complete a number of essays that demonstrate
their ability to make interdisciplinary connections between historic material and key works of literature. These essays will re-
quire students to demonstrate synthesis and evidence based analytic research to support an argument or to defend or refute a
prompt. Honors and College Prep students are combined in the same class with different expectations clearly stated at the
beginning of the year. Students will receive separate grades for English and Social Studies. Students will receive 1.0 credit in
English and 1.0 credit in Social Studies upon completion of this course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 or World Studies AND English 10 and The Modern World or Modern World
Studies.

  EN407           Advanced Placement English Language &                        AP         1 Credit
                  Composition (available to Juniors and Seniors)

 The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which
requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts.
Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a
personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and
their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
(Description from the College Board.)
Prerequisites: (1) Final grades for the first 2 years of Honors English should be B+ or better.
                       (2) students considering AP English Language are encouraged to take an additional full or ½ credit literature-
                         based elective);
                       (3) recommendation of current English teacher;
                       (4) spring diagnostic reading and writing sample.

Grade 12* Elective Courses
     *Juniors may take any of these elective classes in addition to their English 11 requirement.

  EN251         Dramatic Literature                          Honors                               1 Credit
  EN252         Dramatic Literature                          College Prep/Level 2                 1 Credit
  EN253         Dramatic Literature                          College Prep/Level 3                 1 Credit

Dramatic Literature explores drama through a variety lenses and genres. The course employs dramatic techniques which will
help students learn to read, to comprehend and to write with greater insight. Students will be expected to present and perform
material in front of their peers in order to demonstrate their understanding of a text. Acting is a significant aspect of the course
and students will be graded on their preparation and delivery of material. In all levels, students will be expected to write
extensively and continue to develop analytic and creative writing skills through process essays, timed essays, and scripts.
Students will read classic and modern plays by William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Margaret
Edson, David Auburn, and John Guare. Other works include short story collections, poetry, and spoken word.
Prerequisite: For seniors successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

  EN261           Humanities                                   Honors                                1 Credit
  EN262           Humanities                                   College Prep/Level 2                  1 Credit
  EN263           Humanities                                   College Prep/Level 3                  1 Credit

"Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?" This famous painting by the French artist Paul Gauguin
offers a critical lens into our study of classical and contemporary literary voices. The focus of this course is the study of human
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nature through the perspectives of classical and contemporary literary voices. Works of literature include Greek mythology,
Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Othello, Sartre's No Exit, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and Morrison's Beloved. In addition,
highlights from significant art periods may be incorporated into the curriculum through classroom presentations and student

 EN241           Survey of British Literature            Honors/Level 1                       1 Credit
 EN242           Survey of British Literature            College Prep/Level 2                 1 Credit
 EN243           Survey of British Literature            College Prep/Level 3                 1 Credit
research. A significant amount of analytical and creative writing will be required for this course. Students should be familiar
with the writing process and expect a rigorous reading schedule. Honors and College Prep are combined in the same class.
Prerequisite: For seniors, successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

Survey of British literature covers the backgrounds and works of literary periods from the Anglo-Saxon warrior-hero literature
of Beowulf to the novels of the early 20th century. Between these vastly different eras we will see the inextricable intertwining
of literature with history and philosophy. In addition to studying the literature, students will focus on literary analysis as they
examine such texts as Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's tragedy and comedy, as well as the rise of the modern novel. Students
may also begin preparation for college testing and application essays.
Prerequisite: For seniors successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

  EN401          Cultural Revolutions: Modern World         Honors                              .5 Credit
                 Literature
  EN402          Cultural Revolutions: Modern World         College Prep/Level 2                .5 Credit
                 Literature
  EN403          Cultural Revolutions: Modern World         College Prep/Level 3                .5 Credit
                 Literature

Using modern literature in translation, Cultural Revolutions explores areas of the world unknown to many, important to all.
Using the lenses of gender roles, changing social norms, and religious, political, and economic current events, students will
explore countries around the globe that may include India, Iran, Nigeria, Russia, and Mexico. Prerequisite: For seniors,
successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their required course.

  EN321        Contemporary Text:                           Honors                              .5 Credit
               Fiction and Non-Fiction
  EN322        Contemporary Text:                           College Prep/Level 2                .5 Credit
               Fiction and Non-Fiction
  EN323        Contemporary Text:                           College Prep/Level 3                .5 Credit
               Fiction and Non-Fiction

Contemporary Text is designed specifically to engage College Prep students with a multi-media approach to reading and
writing. The course uses print and digital media to explore themes and concepts found in works pertinent to the world today.
Students continue to build and practice communication and literacy skills using 21st century tools and platforms.
Prerequisite: For seniors successful completion of their English 11 choice. Juniors may take this course in addition to their
required course.

  EN271        Dominant Ideas                                Honors                             .5 Credit
  EN272        Dominant Ideas                                College Prep/Level 2               .5 Credit
  EN273        Dominant Ideas                                College Prep/Level 3               .5 Credit

Dominant Ideas is a PBL directed class that explores major philosophical concepts in literature, such as morality, personal
existence, ethical values, and aesthetics. Class requirements will include reading from the Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead,
Herman Hesse’s Demian, and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. A high degree of critical analysis will be required, as
assessments involve research, exploration, problem solving, and collaboration. Honors and College Prep are combined in the
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