• ENGLISH 12 CREDIT COURSES

    Broadcast Journalism:  1 Credit, MHS
    This year-long course enhances 21st century skills with real world experiences in the field of broadcast journalism and communications. Students will learn news and feature writing for broadcast and produce live radio news shows to be aired daily via WMHS radio station as well as the web. In addition, students will produce video news features which will also be uploaded and available for viewing on the internet. This course includes opportunities for podcasting and utilizes our state of the art radio and video studios. Although not required, it is recommended that students take Broadcasting I, Journalism or Video I prior to taking Broadcast Journalism.

    Advanced Placement - Literature and Composition:  1 Credit, MHS
    In this course, students will read classic literature and poetry from the British and American literary tradition. While exploring these masterpieces through close reading and careful analysis, they will be preparing themselves to take the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition for college credit. Students will learn to read critically, not only for content but also for form and structure. In so doing, students will learn to appreciate literature as an enriching art form. Students seeking a rigorous yet rewarding literary experience in preparation for college are encouraged to register. It is recommended that students enrolling in this program have already taken 11 AP Language and Composition. Students are required to complete a summer project and to sit for the Advanced Placement Examination.

    Advanced Placement – Language and Composition:  1 Credit, MHS
    Advanced Placement Language and Composition is a challenging, enlightening course which, through rigorous academic work, will expose students to a wide array of ideas and writing styles. The literary selections are grouped thematically to enable students to compare ideas and techniques in their oral and written analyses of the works. All students are required to take and pass the mandatory English Common Core Regents examination and the Advanced Placement examination in May. It is recommended that students currently enrolled in English 10 Pre-AP, who wish to take this course, should maintain a minimum grade of B in English. A summer project will be completed by all students scheduled for English 11 AP. This course is recommended to students who plan to take English 12 AP Literature and Composition in 12th grade.

    AP Capstone Research:  1 Credit, MHS
    AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year long mentored, research-based investigation to address a specific question. In this course, students further develop the skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning about and understanding research methods; employing ethical research practices; and assessing, and analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. The course culminates in an academic thesis paper, presentation, performance, or exhibition with an oral defense.  Prerequisite: AP Capstone Seminar

    Humanities: Art, Music & Western Civilization:  1 Credit, MHS
    Art, music, and literature have the power to change the world. Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix, for instance broke social and musical rules, popularizing rock n’ roll. Not a single musician since has been immune to their influence. Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Jason Pollock rejected the established conventions and created new ways of seeing the world. Thomas Hardy, James Joyce, and Albert Camus wrote novels that altered the way we think about our place in society. The Humanities course, focuses on the literature, art, music, philosophy and culture from the 19th and 20th centuries. The course is designed to foster critical thinking about how artistic and cultural movements have shaped the way that we think and our society as a whole. Students will continue to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills that they have learned in previous classes and apply those skills to analyzing the connection between art and the human experience.

    Monsters in Print and Film (Fall) and Graphic Novels (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS

    • Monsters in Print and Film (Fall) - This class explores how monstrous characters show us as readers/viewers about our own human flaws, fears and perceptions by looking at “monsters” (both figurative and literal) in myths, literature, film, and assorted other texts. Particular attention will be paid to the most successful monsters in our own culture: vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein’s monster, mummies, and zombies. 
    • Graphic Novels (Spring) - Since the 1980s, the graphic novel, or long-form comic, has become a popular and accomplished literary and artistic form. Transcending its origins in pulp fantasy and adolescent entertainment, this evolving and hybrid medium represents, in the words of author and artist Eddie Campbell, “an emerging new literature of our times in which word, picture, and typography interact meaningfully and which is in tune with the complexity of modern life.” This course offers a survey of some of the best graphic novels of the last thirty years, and provides the skills for reading comics and graphic novels critically in terms of what they say and how they say it. 

    Making Decisions: An Ethics Approach and Philosophy:  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS

    • Making Decisions: An Ethics Approach - designed to offer 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to investigate some of the most difficult questions concerning what it is to be human. Topics may include business ethics, medical ethics, political corruption, and personal honesty. Students will read from a wide variety of selections and discuss the ethical questions involved in human behavior. Student choice of an independent research project will determine if course credit is applicable for social studies elective credit or English elective credit.
    • Philosophy - “The unexamined life is not worth living.” These words, famously uttered by the Greek philosopher Socrates during his trial for heresy, lie at the heart of philosophy. This introductory course in philosophy focuses on the examination of life. “Who is Man?” “Why is he here?” “What are his responsibilities to those around him?” “Can we truly know anything for certain?” “Is there an essential meaning to life?” Questions such as these will be explored in this course. While such questions may be unanswerable, students who find lively discussions about such topics interesting are encouraged to take the course. We will begin with an introduction to Metaphysics (the study of being or reality) and Epistemology (the study of knowledge). We will then explore how philosophy relates to the practical reality we experience every day. The course will emphasize discussion, both in the form of debate and Socratic seminar. Students who question the world around them and would appreciate a forum to share those questions will find this a worthwhile course.

    English 12:  1 Credit, MHS
    A survey of the various literacy demands that one will experience throughout adult life, Senior Experience prepares students for both college English and the rigorous reading and writing required in general college courses. Through both contemporary and traditional literature, students will make connections to their own lives and the world around them. There is a focus on increasing literacy by examining informational texts and creating authentic writing pieces that further prepares students for life after high school. Quarterly, self-selected readings cover the themes of social development, interpersonal communication, war and human rights. Students demonstrate understanding and learning by creating presentations, portfolios, and formal writing pieces.


  • COLLEGE ENGLISH 12 CREDIT COURSES

    The following senior courses must be taken consecutively as college level courses in conjunction with LIU/Post Center’s SCALE (Secondary Collegiate Articulated Learning Experience) program. Students who have a minimum of a B average and acceptable scores on the PSAT/NMSQT examination are eligible for these special twelfth grade English courses. Upon successful completion, students can receive optional college credit from LIU/Post which is transferable to many colleges. Students will also receive Massapequa High School credit. 

    Students who wish to receive college credit must apply to and be accepted by the LIU/Post Center. Both sections of the course MUST be taken and attendance requirements must be met in order to earn LIU/Post college credit and Massapequa High School credit. Students may choose one of the following full year sequences:

     

    College Composition:  .5 Credit / .5 Credit, MHS; optional 6 College Credits, LIU/Post

    • Semester 1 (Fall) - This is a college level course in exposition designed to promote clear thinking and effective prose. Writing assignments include description, narrative, cause/effect, argument, and comparison and contrast.
    • Semester 2 (Spring) - This is a course in argumentation and analysis focusing on rhetoric and stylistic techniques. The examination of texts forms a basis for writing essays of analysis, interpretation, evaluation, and persuasion.

     

    College Film Studies:  .5 Credit / .5 Credit, MHS; optional 6 College Credits, LIU/Post

    College Film Studies Course Video

    This course is intended to explore the craft and art of film creation, film's impacts on audiences, and its connections to advertising, television, and society.

    • Semester 1 (Fall) - The first semester provides the fundamentals of analyzing the medium of film and develops an understanding of the art and craft of film through applied film analysis regarding narration, mise-en-scene, cinematography, and editing of selected award-winning contemporary long and short films.
    • Semester 2 (Spring) - The second semester examines the non-fiction documentary film and relationships among TV, movies, and advertising. It will culminate with an original, student-created documentary project on a topic of student interest.