• ENGLISH ELECTIVE COURSES

    Broadcasting I (Fall) and Broadcasting II (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS

    Broadcasting Course Video

    • Broadcasting I (Fall) - designed to introduce students to all aspects of broadcast communications. They will develop both the oral and written skills which are critical to broadcast announcing. Through hands on experience, they will learn to manipulate all of the studio equipment available in the WMHS radio control room. Students will analyze various media for effectiveness and utilize their understanding towards editing, assembling, and creating commercials, public service announcements, interviews, and radio shows using Adobe Audition. Voice quality, intelligibility, and variety will improve as they study the tools and techniques used by today’s broadcasting specialists. Grade 10 - 12 students
    • Broadcasting II (Spring) - is designed to further develop students’ knowledge of broadcasting in radio and videography as an art and a business. Applying knowledge from Broadcasting I, students will fully immerse themselves into the creation of today’s media. They will personalize their broadcasting experience by focusing on the aspects of the field which appeal most to them. Whether students are concentrating on planning, editing, announcing, or engineering, they will be involved with producing live radio shows, podcasts, blogs, and videos that reach out to their peers. Grade 10 - 12 students

    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. Grade 11 and 12 students only

    Making Decisions: An Ethics Approach (Fall) and Philosophy (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS

    • Making Decisions: An Ethics Approach (Fall)- 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. Grade 11 and 12 students only
    • Philosophy (Spring) - “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. Grade 11 and 12 students only

    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. Grade 10 - 12 students
    • 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. Grade 10 - 12 students

    Behind the Mic: Ideas Worth Spreading:  .5 Credit, Ames
    In this elective course, students will explore innovative ways they can present ideas through podcasts, TED Talks, videos, IGNITE presentations, snapshot speeches, and more. By studying and analyzing famous speakers, students will learn and practice effective public speaking skills and methods for engaging audiences, such as humor and storytelling. Students will have opportunities to investigate topics they feel passionately about to develop new ideas or take a stand on a compelling issue. They will design creative presentations using technology to showcase their ideas to inspire, inform, and persuade audiences. In this workshop environment, students will gain confidence and knowledge on how to best present ideas and feel comfortable speaking in front of a group. Grade 9 students only

    Creative Writing:  .5 Credit, MHS
    The elective course in Creative Writing allows students to explore the format of the short story, drama, and poetry (both traditional and contemporary), and to create original works in those genres. Students are encouraged to become increasingly sensitive to situations in daily life and to words that will express their sensibilities. They are required to read a variety of works, to maintain a journal of writing, and to experiment with various writing techniquesGrade 10 - 12 students

    Mindfulness Matters - A Novel Approach to Living in the Moment:  .5 Credit, MHS

    Mindfulness Matters Course Video

    Want to lead your best life, but feel you’re held back by life’s challenges?  If so, then you’ll appreciate this elective course where mindfulness matters. Through a study of literature and meditative approaches, this course provides an in-depth look at the universal factors of success to help students get into the habit of behaving intelligently and mindfully. Students will practice strategies suggested by authors to develop a positive growth mindset, respond vs react to challenging situations, and be present in the moment.  They will develop the attitudes and dispositions to become better thinkers and problem solvers who know what to do when the answers, in school and in life, are not immediately apparent. Through journal writing and group discussions students will study the current research on mindfulness and practice these methods to fulfill their potential and lead their best life! Grade 10 - 12 students

    College Public Speaking: .5 Credit, MHS
    This course will help students present themselves and their ideas more effectively through a workshop environment. Students will develop communication skills that will help them feel more comfortable talking in front of a group. Additionally, they will learn how to organize a variety of speeches clearly, write them memorably, and deliver them confidently. This course will touch upon, various types of speeches such as informative, impromptu, persuasive, argumentative/debate, memoir, and specialty speeches. By the end of the course, students should be able to significantly reduce their fear of public speaking, use rehearsal techniques to develop a strong, vibrant speaking voice, and perform speeches with dynamic movement and gestures. Finally, students will demonstrate the speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills necessary to be effective communicators in academic settings and in their community. Grade 10 - 12 students

    SAT/ACT Prep:  .25 Credit, MHS
    An engaging course that provides students with the tools they need for success on the verbal portion of each of these exams. First, students will be set up with a diagnostic examination to determine strengths and weaknesses. Then, students will evaluate results and create a “personal study plan” for use over the course of their studying. In class, students will engage in group study activities, use technological aids that track and monitor their progress, stay up-to-date on the latest SAT/ACT news and tips from the experts, and master strategies for each type of question. This class is recommended for any college-bound student who wants to feel more confident walking into that testing room. It’s never too early to start preparing! The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the format of the SAT as well as the types of questions included in the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the exam. Emphasis placed on vocabulary enrichment, critical reading strategies, and grammatical skills. Students are also prepared for the timed essay portion of the SAT. Grade 11 and 12 students only; Must be taken with Math SAT/ACT Prep

    Theatre Arts I (Fall) and Theatre Arts II (Spring):  .5 Credit/.5 Credit, MHS

    Theatre Arts Course Video

    • Theatre Arts I (Fall) - a creative, student-focused, performance-based course which helps members develop confidence and relieves anxiety related to acting on stage or giving presentations. The environment is nurturing and supportive with lots of hands-on learning exercises. Activities such as pantomime, improvisation, tongue twisters, and role playing will develop fundamental skills of projection, articulation, gesticulation, pacing, and movement. Performances such as monologues, two-to-three person scenes, and a project (a “Character Education” performance created by the class) offer opportunities to showcase these newly-developed talents. This enjoyable course will improve the experienced actor as well as the novice.  Grade 10 - 12 students
    • Theatre Arts II (Spring) - Theatre Arts II is only open to students who have completed Theatre Arts I. Students will write, direct and produce monologues and one-act plays as well as direct and produce scenes from chosen movies and plays. In doing so, they shall learn firsthand the responsibilities of the playwright, the actor, the director, the stage manager, and set designer. An additional project will be to create and perform a puppet show for the MHS Nursery School students. Grade 10 - 12 students

    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.