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Lower Merion School District

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English Electives

Students may select from the following elective English courses in addition to required English.

Creative Expression and Performance I - The Acting Studio or Creative Expression and Performance I - The Acting Studio H

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  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 01060102
  • Course Number: 01060103

This course explores the craft of acting and develops performance skills. Course units include improvisation and movement, voice and diction, character study, and audition techniques. It also includes the examination of various acting methods. Students apply acting techniques to character portrayal through monologue and scene work. The course includes additional work in relaxation, concentration, imagination, and communication as well as a cursory examination of acting for television and film. No prior acting experience is necessary. The course can be taken for college preparatory or honors credit. Assessments will be designed accordingly. Decisions regarding credit level must be made when signing up for the course and may not be changed.

Creative Expression and Performance II - The Production Experience or Creative Expression and Performance II - The Production Experience H

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  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 01060202
  • Course Number: 01060203

This course explores theatre as a collaborative art form by familiarizing students with all of the elements involved in mounting a theatre production. Areas of study will include producing, directing, stage-management, costuming, makeup, set design, lighting, sound, and playwriting. Students will rotate through these categories to gain practical experience in each. Students will take on leadership roles in all positions as a part of the culminating mini-production experience. No prior theatre experience is necessary. The course can be taken for college preparatory or honors credit. Assessments will be designed accordingly. Decisions regarding credit level must be made when signing up for the course and may not be changed.

Creative Writing or Creative Writing H

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  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: It is recommended that interested students for H only have a grade of “A” or “B” in previous Honors English courses, an “A” in previous College Preparatory English courses and current teacher recommendation.
  • Course Number: 01050102
  • Course Number: 01050203

Creative writing explores various creative literary forms including the short story, poem, essay, and one-act play, stressing the development of a student’s individual style. Students study various authors’ methods and examine such techniques as plot progression, theme development, and creation of mood and atmosphere. Students will explore the rich legacy of writers before them as they develop or increase their awareness of image, voice, character, setting, and story. Students read extensively from other writers as they apply that awareness in writing in a variety of forms within the genre of essay, fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Students work closely in a workshop atmosphere, exchanging and critiquing the work of all group members. This course can be taken for college preparatory or honors credit. Assessments will be designed accordingly. Decisions regarding credit level must be made when signing up for the course and may not be changed.

Journalism or Journalism H

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  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 01050302
  • Course Number: 01050403

Students learn writing styles and skills required in journalism. Classroom activities and assignments focus on writing for news, sports, feature opinion/editorial, and arts and entertainment pages. Along with learning the skills required to research and report news, students also study the history of the media and journalistic ethics. Students learn about the commercial and economic dynamics of the news media. The course examines the continual growth of electronic media and how technology affects the content and delivery of information. This course can be taken for college preparatory or honors credit. Assessments will be designed accordingly. Decisions regarding credit level must be made when signing up for the course and may not be changed.

SAT & ACT Prep: Critical Reading & Writing

  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.25 credit (2 times per cycle)
  • Grade(s): 10 (10 - 2nd semester only), 11, 12 (12 - 1st semester only)
  • Prerequisite: Students must have already taken the PSAT
  • Course Number: 01090200

This semester course prepares students to be successful and/or improve their performance on the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT and the ACT. General approaches to successful test taking will be taught. Students will also learn specific strategies for successfully deconstructing and analyzing the component parts of questions and answering SAT and ACT questions. Ample opportunities for application of these skills and strategies to practice tests will be provided. It is recommended that the course be taken concurrently or consecutively with SAT and ACT Preparation: Mathematics. Students are graded on a pass/fail grading scale.

Sports and Society or Sports and Society H

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  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 01070702
  • Course Number: 01070703

Sport is connected with history, economics, science, and many other aspects of modern society. Students write and read about sports in our society and develop a focused student inquiry. Additionally students build their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills through research papers and presentations focusing on a variety of sports in society.

Theatre Arts - Drama Survey and Appreciation or Theatre Arts - Drama Survey and Appreciation H

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  • Length/credit: 1 semester - 0.5 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: 01060302
  • Course Number: 01060303

This survey course provides an appreciation and understanding of theatre through the examination of Broadway plays and musicals. Students explore various forms including dramas, comedies, and musicals and consider their function and significance in society and culture. Students become familiar with theatre traditions, terminology, and techniques and learn to analyze a theatrical script for production. Students may have the opportunity through class trips to attend productions of the works they have read and analyzed. The course can be taken for college prep or honors credit. Assessments will be designed accordingly. Decisions regarding credit level must be made when signing up for the course and may not be changed.

IB Theatre SL (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/credit: 3 periods per cycle, 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Course Number: 01061005

This IB Theatre course consists of a multifaceted curriculum that engages students in the processes of creating, researching, presenting, and critically reflecting on theatre as participants and audience members. Through the study of theatre, students become aware of their own personal and cultural perspectives, developing an appreciation of the diversity of theatre practices and their processes. The course promotes international mindedness and enables students to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place and culture. The theatre core syllabus for IB Theatre HL and IB Theatre SL consist of three interrelated areas: Theatre in Context, which explores the various contexts of theatre and how they inform practice; Theatre Processes, in which students engage in the processes of transforming ideas into action; and Presenting Theatre, where students develop and apply theatre production, presentation and performance skills, working both independently and collaboratively. Assessment pieces include examining a play text, creating original theatre, and exploring performance practices from around the world. This course may also be taken by non-IB students. All students enrolled in this class are required to complete all International Baccalaureate assessments.

IB Theatre HL (Part 1) (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/credit: 3 periods per cycle, 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Course Number: 01061105

This is the first year of the two-year IB Theatre HL course. The IB Theatre course consists of a multifaceted curriculum that engages students in the processes of creating, researching, presenting, and critically reflecting on theatre as participants and audience members. Through the study of theatre, students become aware of their own personal and cultural perspectives, developing an appreciation of the diversity of theatre practices and their processes. The course promotes international mindedness and enables students to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place, and culture. The theatre core syllabus for IB Theatre HL and IB Theatre SL consists of three interrelated areas: Theatre in Context, which explores the various contexts of theatre and how they inform practice; Theatre Processes, in which students engage in the processes of transforming ideas into Action; and Presenting Theatre, where students develop and apply theatre production, presentation, and performance skills, working both independently and collaboratively. Assessment pieces include examining a play text, creating original theatre, and exploring performance practices from around the world. This course may also be taken by non-IB students. All students enrolled in this class are required to complete all International Baccalaureate assessments.

IB Theatre HL (Part 2) (offered at Harriton High School only)

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  • Length/credit: 3 periods per cycle, 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Theatre HL (Part 1)
  • Course Number: 01061205

This is the second year of the two-year IB Theatre HL course. The IB Theatre HL course consists of a multifaceted curriculum that engages students in the processes of creating, researching, presenting, and critically reflecting on theatre as participants and audience members. Through the study of theatre, students become aware of their own personal and cultural perspectives, developing an appreciation of the diversity of theatre practices and their processes. The course promotes international mindedness and enables students to discover and engage with different forms of theatre across time, place, and culture. The theatre core syllabus for IB Theatre HL and IB Theatre SL consist of three interrelated areas: Theatre in Context, which explores the various contexts of theatre and how they inform practice; Theatre Processes, in which students engage in the processes of transforming ideas into action; and Presenting Theatre, where students develop and apply theatre production, presentation and performance skills, working both independently and collaboratively. Assessment pieces include examining a play text, creating original theatre, and exploring performance practices from around the world. This course may also be taken by non-IB students. All students enrolled in this class are required to complete all International Baccalaureate assessments.