2012-2013Student Guide and Course of StudiesWinchester High School80 Skillings RoadWinchester, Massachusetts(781) 721-7020
1THE WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOLMISSION STATEMENTThe mission of Winchester High School is to provide, for all of its students, ...
2The following assumptions will govern the above requirements:With the exception of the double-period Humanities and the A...
3CREDITS/COURSE WEIGHTING FOR GPAWinchester High School uses a two-leveled grade-weighting system. Courses taken at the Co...
4EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICESGuidanceBecause of the wide variety of opportunities at Winchester High School, as well as th...
5OTHER STUDENT SUPPORTSClinical Counselor - The school’s clinical counselor is available to support students who are exper...
6Independent StudyIndependent Study is a program that Winchester High School offers for 11thand 12thgrade students. This p...
7COURSE DESCRIPTIONS BY DEPARTMENTARTThe Art Program consists of courses that develop students creative abilities and visu...
80606 STUDIO ART I (CP) (9,10,11,12) Y 5.0 (This course fulfills the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)Studio ...
90604 PHOTOGRAPHY II (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Prerequisite: B in Photography I) (Fulfills one-half of the Fine and Appl...
100631 WEB DESIGN I (H) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Fulfills one-half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement)Have ...
114. For the English requirement, American Literature is offered either as a full year course or as a semester course in c...
120103 GRADE 9 ENGLISH (CP) Y 5.0Grade 9 CP English focuses on developing reading and writing skills and fostering enjoyme...
130147/0148 AMERICAN STUDIES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH (CP or H by contract) (See Prerequisite) Y/Double 10.0This new...
140123 CRITICAL READING AND WRITING FOR COLLEGE (CP) Y 5.0The primary objective of this course is to reinforce and improve...
150114 LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION II (CP) Y 5.0Like its counterpart, Literature and Composition I, this course emphasizes ...
160204 FRENCH 3 (H) (10, 11, 12) Y 5.0This curriculum is built upon the Allez, Viens! program, Level 3 (Holt, Rinehart and...
170239 INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 2 (CP) (11, 12) Y 5.0This is a continuation of Introduction to Italian...
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
Course studies book 2012 13 (final draft 012412)
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  1. 1. 2012-2013Student Guide and Course of StudiesWinchester High School80 Skillings RoadWinchester, Massachusetts(781) 721-7020
  2. 2. 1THE WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOLMISSION STATEMENTThe mission of Winchester High School is to provide, for all of its students, an opportunity to achieve excellence in learning, specifically to foster: Critical thinking Clear and effective communication Intellectual creativity A sense of personal, civic and social responsibility, and The ability to apply these essential skills and knowledge to life situationsEXPECTATIONSACADEMIC EXPECTATIONSThe Winchester High School graduate is able to communicate effectively.The Winchester High School graduate is able to acquire, integrate and apply essential knowledge.The Winchester High School graduate is able to analyze, interpret and evaluate information effectively.The Winchester High School graduate is able to make intellectual and practical connections between and among different disciplines.The Winchester High School graduate is able to understand and apply technology to his/her learning experience.The Winchester High School graduate works to acquire an informed global perspective.CIVIC AND SOCIAL EXPECTATIONSThe Winchester High School student demonstrates self-respect and an appreciation of diversity.The Winchester High School student participates responsibly as a member of the student body.GOALSOur school goals are:1. to educate the complete individual, and2. to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to enrich his/her own life and be a responsible member of society, and3. to be a school that demonstrates leadership and innovation in education and is a matter of pride and value for the Town of Winchester.STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO POLICY OFNON-DISCRIMINATIONWinchester High School provides equal educational opportunity for all students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, nationalorigin, sexual orientation, or disability. Students have equal access to admission to school courses, extracurricular activities, and employment opportunities.Students who believe they have been victims of discrimination are hereby notified that grievance procedures are available to them and that they shouldcontact the principal for more information. Counseling services are available to help students address their individual needs.GRADUATION REQUIREMENTSStudents must earn a minimum of 110 credits to be eligible for graduation.The following courses must be taken and passed:Subject No. of YearsEnglish...............................………...4 (including 1 semester of Writing Lab)Social Studies.......................……… 2 years of World History and 1 year of American HistoryScience.....................................…… 2 years: 1 Biology, 1 Physical Science (i.e. Chemistry or Physics)Mathematics..........................………2 yearsWellness…………...............………4 yearsFine or Applied Arts*............……...1 yearFive credits must be earned in Fine or Applied Arts. All courses taken outside of the English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Languagedepartments qualify for the Fine Arts and applied requirement.
  3. 3. 2The following assumptions will govern the above requirements:With the exception of the double-period Humanities and the American Studies offerings, no course may be utilized to satisfy more than one requirement. A full-year course will receive 5.0 credits. All Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors are expected to carry a full academic load. Exceptions require the approval of a principal or an assistantprincipal. A full academic load is defined as 6 courses per semester. Seniors enrolled in two or more AP courses may take a lesser academic load. Seniors not enrolled in two or more AP courses may take a lesser academic load during 2ndsemester, with parental and administrative permission.Additionally, the student must have a 2.5 GPA or better and be in good academic standing. A lesser academic load is defined as five courses per semester.INFORMATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTSFor complete information concerning the process for transfer students, including the documents required, go to the Winchester Public Schools Web site:www.winchester.k12.ma.us and look under “Guidance”.Transcripts from other schools will be evaluated by the Guidance Department in conjunction with the assistant principal. Incoming students must providefull documentation from the sending school which includes an official transcript, withdrawal form, health and immunization record, and disciplinary record.In addition, students transferring from other Massachusetts public schools must provide their MCAS scores. In order to maintain consistency and equity inthis process, the following guidelines will be adhered to:A. When a student enters Winchester High School, he/she will be awarded credit based on the interpretation of his/her guidance counselor afterreviewing the student’s previous schools transcript(s).B. Students will be required to meet Winchester High School graduation course requirements to be eligible to earn a Winchester High Schooldiploma. The Guidance Department, in consultation with department directors/coordinators, will determine whether any courses must be madeup prior to graduation. In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Education mandate, all students must also earn passing scores on theMCAS examination to be eligible for a high school diploma.C. Transfer students’ grades from their previous school(s) are not used in the GPA calculations from Winchester High School.D. In the case of students entering during a grading period, the following guidelines will apply:1. If the student enters during the first half of the marking period, the teacher will take the grade from the prior placement intoconsideration and will assign the grade.2. If the student enters during the second half of the marking period, the student may, at the teacher’s recommendation and withpermission of department head and administrator, be graded on a pass/fail basis.E. Students transferring in should bring their health and attendance records with them and may be held accountable for their cumulative absences.All grades are letter grades and are used in all classes. Appropriate weight is given each grade to determine the grade point average.COURSE CHANGE POLICYRequests for schedules changes after the start of school will only be granted if: A student did not pass a class that was a prerequisite for another class. Summer school coursework necessitates a change in the student’s schedule. Completion of a level change form for all level changes (required) A course change is necessary for a grade 12 student to fulfill a graduation requirement An error has been made inputting a student’s course choices Authenticated health reasonThroughout the school year level changes can only be made with the completion of a level change form. Level changes will not be allowed during thelast two weeks of 1st, 2ndand 3rdquarters. After the third quarter, students will not be allowed to drop a course to a lower level.Students may drop a class to add a study hall while still maintaining a minimum load of 30 credits/six courses. Students who wish to withdraw from aclass within the first two weeks of a course must see their guidance counselor for proper paperwork. The student must continue to attend the class until a newschedule has been issued. If a student does not follow proper procedure, he/she will receive a failing grade. Students who withdraw after the first two weeksof a course will receive a “W” for that class. Students who withdraw after the sixth week of a class will receive a WF (withdraw fail), WP (withdraw pass),or WM (withdraw medical).Unless extenuating circumstances exist, any other schedule changes will not be made after the start of school.
  4. 4. 3CREDITS/COURSE WEIGHTING FOR GPAWinchester High School uses a two-leveled grade-weighting system. Courses taken at the College Level are assigned the weight listed in right columnbelow, and those taken at the Advanced Placement (AP) or Honors level are assigned weights listed in the left column.Course weighting used to determine grade point average::Grade Earned AP & Honors CollegeA+ (97 - 100) 4.5 4.0A (93 - 96) 4.2 3.7A- (90 - 92) 4.0 3.5B+ (87 - 89) 3.8 3.3B (83 - 86) 3.5 3.0B- (80 - 82) 3.2 2.7C+ (77 - 79) 2.9 2.4C (73 - 76) 2.5 2.0C- (70 - 72) 2.2 1.7D+ (67 - 69) 1.9 1.4D (63 - 66) 1.5 1.0D- (60 - 62) 1.2 0.7F (0 – 59) 0 0The values found in the chart above are used to calculate the student’s grade point average (GPA). Full year courses are weighted twice as much as semestercourses. The level of the course (AP/honors/college) can be found in the course descriptions which begin on page 7.A brief definition of the levels follows:Advanced Placement (AP): Advanced Placement courses are designed by the Educational Testing Service (a division of the College Board) to allowstudents the opportunity to complete college-level studies during secondary school. AP course offerings are for the most educationally advanced studentsand may be taken only by permission of the appropriate Director/Coordinator. Students choosing these courses should be achieving grades of at least anA- or B+ in the Honors sequence.Honors: These courses are designed for educationally advanced students. They are extremely rigorous, demanding of the student a high degree ofmotivation and past achievement. These courses, when taken in appropriate sequence, are preparatory for the Advanced Placement courses. Studentsdesiring to remain in this sequence should be earning grades of B or better.College: These courses are designed for the majority of students who intend to pursue their education beyond high school. They provide the commonlearning necessary to prepare a student for the demands of a college curriculum.Additional Information:1. Credit shall only be given to courses that are in the Course of Studies Booklet, with the exception of Independent Study.2. Credit may be granted for experiences that are considered to be academic in nature with prior approval of the administration.3. Credit shall not be granted for enrichment activities such as field trips, exchange trips, or internships.4. Only courses receiving a letter grade with a corresponding numeric value will be used in calculating Grade Point Average. Courses receivingPass/Fail will not be used in the calculation.5. Independent Study courses are graded and must have the prior approval of the director/coordinator of the appropriate department, the guidancecounselor, and a high school administrator.SUMMER SCHOOLThe main purposes of summer school are:1. Upgrading of poor marks to meet prerequisite requirements.2. Earning credit for subjects failed.3. Acceleration/Enrichment (with PRIOR administrative approval).Administrative approval of summer school courses for remediation is not automatic. In reviewing eligibility for summer school, the Principal will considerboth the student’s record of attendance in the course failed, as well as the number of hours and the content of the summer school course proposed forremediation. Except where extenuating circumstances exist, students must have been enrolled and attending classes in a course for the entire academic yearin order to qualify for summer school.Procedure for Obtaining Course ApprovalA student must receive written permission from the administration, prior to registering for any course in order to receive credit for the course.1. The “Course Approval Form” is obtained from the Guidance Department.2. The student completes the Course Approval Form, attaches a course description to it and submits it to the appropriate academic departmentdirector for his/her signature.3. After obtaining the signature of the department director, the student must obtain the signature of an administrator (principal or assistant principal).4. After all signatures have been obtained, the student must bring the signed form back to the Guidance Department where it will be kept on file.5. Upon completion of the course, it is the student’s responsibility to have an official transcript of the course grade mailed to the W.H.S. GuidanceDepartment. No credit will be awarded until the official transcript is received.Grades from summer school will be recorded separately on the permanent record cards and labeled “Summer Study”. The original grade for the subject willnot be changed (if there is one) nor will the summer school grade be included when determining the student’s grade point average (GPA).
  5. 5. 4EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICESGuidanceBecause of the wide variety of opportunities at Winchester High School, as well as the diversity of entrance requirements of thousands of schools andvocations, it is imperative that the student seek the advice and assistance of his/her guidance counselor in selecting the courses that are appropriate to thestudents and parent’s expectations.Our primary goal is to counsel students so that they can attain their highest level of understanding in educational achievement, occupational choices andpersonal development.The guidance counselors present classroom group guidance seminars with material designed to meet the developmental needs appropriate to students at eachspecific grade level..The Guidance Office strongly encourages students to make appointments to discuss any issues which might arise.A few important facts are listed below:A. Guidance and counseling services are available to all students and parents.B. Counseling assignments are based on an alphabetical division of students.C. Students may make appointments with their assigned counselor by signing up in the appointment book in the Guidance Office. Except in cases ofemergency, students may only schedule appointments during academic blocks (study halls). Appointments may also be made before or afterschool, with the consent of the student’s guidance counselor.D. Parents may make appointments with their child’s guidance counselor by contacting the counselor directly.E. General information is available in the Guidance Office and on the department’s website about post-secondary educational opportunities,scholarship information, career materials, computerized college search services and numerous other materials.F. The Guidance Department’s monthly newsletter, The Guide, is posted on the department’s website. It is available through the PFA as well. TheGuide provides information on upcoming events sponsored by the Guidance Department, as well as timely information about admissions testing,scholarships and other events and programs of interest to the W.H.S. community.G. Each year the Guidance Department joins with other Middlesex League high schools to co-sponsor an evening college fair at a central location.Several hundred colleges are represented at this event to which all W.H.S. students and parents are invited.H. Results of intelligence, aptitude, reading and interest tests may be reviewed with a counselor as an aid in planning and exploring educational andcareer possibilities.Special EducationThe Special Education program at Winchester High School provides support for students who have been identified through a CMR 28:00 (Chapter 766)team evaluation. Students are referred for an evaluation by the Teacher Resource Team. Each student has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP)with specific goals and objectives tailored to his/her disability. Plans are reviewed and rewritten on an annual basis. Students receive services through thefollowing settings and in general education classrooms:Learning Center 4 - Service delivery in LC4 comes in the form of an extensive classroom support and can include the implementation of modifiedcurriculum. Our focus is to assure inclusion in general education classes for all students while providing each child with individualized instruction.In-program specialized instruction is provided individually and in small groups. Students meet with special education teachers and support personnelwho are trained to meet the needs of the students enrolled in Achieve.1stFloor Learning Center – LC1 is a multifaceted program that serves students who have been identified with language based disabilities.In-program service delivery is comprised of language arts support classes, both individual and small group support. Staff works to assiststudents in preparing them to become fully successful in general education classes while academic support is provided based on class work within LC1.Students must meet a specific criterion in order to be considered for the LC1.2ndFloor Learning Center - Students receive academic support and remediation of skill deficiencies in LC2, while fully included in generaleducation courses at Winchester High School. Students are assigned to small groups and work with specialists who are trained to assist withindividual needs as identified by educational plans.3rdFloor Learning Center – Students work to overcome personal challenges to attain emotional health, social skills and behavioral control in LC3.Staff works to assist students in preparing them to return to full-time participation in general education classes while academic support is providedbased on class work within LC3. Curriculum instruction is tailored to individual student needs. Counseling and regular emotional supports areintegral parts of the program, along with close home-school communication. Students must meet specific criteria in order to be considered for LC3.In addition to the special education programs at Winchester High School, students may also be recommended to receive support services from the schoolpsychologist or other specialists. Recommendations for such services are made through the CMR 28:00 (Chapter 766) team.
  6. 6. 5OTHER STUDENT SUPPORTSClinical Counselor - The school’s clinical counselor is available to support students who are experiencing social and/or emotional adjustment issues.Students may self-refer or may be referred by other members of the school community.ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) - The ESOL services are available for students whose primary language is not English. Students in needof ESOL services are referred through their guidance counselor. A referral can be made by the student, the family, a teacher or a staff member. The goal ofESOL program is to provide overall support and to assist the student’s movement into a full, mainstream program.Excel - The Excel Program is a regular education program designed to intervene with students who are at risk for school failure. Students in the programcharacteristically present with problems related to academic and social/emotional issues that have in some way begun to impede their success in school.Issues related to personal growth and development, self-advocacy, attendance, and academic underachievement are addressed in the program. The studentsare able to develop a better sense of self and become more successful in school through academic monitoring, acquiring organizational skills, individual andgroup counseling, home-school communication, teacher consultation and ongoing assessment. Excel has three main components, a three-credit Sociologyclass that replaces the history requirement for freshman, sophomores and seniors, academic support and counseling. Referrals into the Excel Program maycome from teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, the Child Study Team, parents--or the students themselves. Students are admitted to the programfollowing an application and interview process with the Excel staff.504 - Section 504 is an Act which prohibits discrimination against persons with a handicap in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. The 504Act defines a person with a handicap as anyone who:1. Has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as caring for one’s self, performing manualtasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.)2. Has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment.The intent of Section 504 on schools is to “accommodate” for differences within the regular educational environment. Winchester High School hasdeveloped procedures and safeguards for students under Section 504 and recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practicesregarding its personnel and students. A student’s eligibility is determined by a team at Winchester High School. For further information regarding Section504, parents may contact the Secondary Student Services Coordinator.Instruction of Homebound Students - Home instruction of pupils unable to attend school because of physical disability shall begin as soon as possibleafter it has been established that the childs absence will extend over a period of more than fourteen (14) consecutive school days. Such home instructionwill cease upon the childs return to school. Parents should call the school counselor for the necessary forms and to arrange for home instruction.It is the responsibility of the teacher to provide assistance with make-up work not covered by the above instructional arrangements.Home Schooling - Parents may choose to educate their children at home without using the public school system. According to state law, parents mustsubmit their proposed curriculum to the Superintendent (or his/her designee) for approval.EARLY GRADUATIONIn some instances, students with parental consent may choose the option of graduating a full year in advance of their class. This option is open to allstudents provided the following procedures are adhered to:1. The student, through their counselor, must request the early graduation at the end of the sophomore year or during the first semester of the junioryear.2. The counselor will hold a meeting with the student, the parent, and the principal to discuss options, what the decision may mean in terms of futuregoals, and whether the decision is appropriate, based on the students prior academic record. Should the student and his/her parent(s) decide tocontinue this process, the parent will submit in writing a formal request for early graduation to the principal.3. If early graduation is agreed upon, the work necessary to complete the diploma requirements will be determined either in the meeting mentionedabove, or in a meeting held before the close of the first semester of junior year. The requirements for early graduation will be included in awritten plan to be signed by the student, parent, principal, and guidance counselor.4. Upon completion of all agreed-upon work by the student, a diploma will be granted.OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESVocational Education OpportunitiesWinchester is one of 12 communities that are served by the Northeast Metro Tech High School in Wakefield. Admission to Northeast typically takes placeat the end of 8th grade, when students apply from their respective communities. The 9th grade year is an exploratory year, during which students have anopportunity to sample a variety of vocational opportunities. Students may also apply to Northeast after the 9th grade, although their choices are limited bythe number of vacancies in the vocational department to which they are applying. Applications are due by March 1, 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year;please call Northeast Admission Office at (781) 246-0810, Ext. 1651 to receive an application.There are two additional ways in which students may be admitted to another vocational school. Parents may apply to other vocational schools in the areawho have “school choice”. Under the school choice regulation, students are accepted under a lottery system and if accepted, Winchester funds the tuition atthe school. In the second option, students from Winchester may be eligible to attend a vocational school outside of the Northeast Metro Tech High School,if they apply in grade 10 for a vocational choice which is not offered at Northeast. For additional information regarding vocational education, parents and/orstudents should speak with the Winchester High School guidance department.
  7. 7. 6Independent StudyIndependent Study is a program that Winchester High School offers for 11thand 12thgrade students. This program broadens the curriculum by offeringstudents an opportunity to pursue an area of academic interest under the guidance of an advisor who has special skills in that field. Independent studyprojects may not replicate the existing curriculum at Winchester High School. Specialized topics contained within existing courses may be pursued at theadvanced level after the student has taken the appropriate prerequisites. NOTE: Honors credit will not be given for Independent Study.It is important that students understand the workload for an independent study course is equal to a course offered at the high school. Students takeresponsibility for their own learning in an independent study course.Proposal Submission Process Your proposal: A Proposal form must be completed by the student and clearly indicate the topic, the process for learning, the times and placesof learning, and specific activities that will be used for evaluation of the Independent Study course. All of these decisions should be worked outbetween the student and his/her advisor. Submission of Your Proposal: Proposals should be submitted in the semester prior to the semester for which they are proposed. The finaldeadline for full year and first semester proposals is two weeks after the first day of school. The final deadline for second semester proposals isthe last day of school prior to midterm examinations. Retroactive proposals are not accepted. Student Responsibilities: A student taking Independent Study is individually responsible, by definition, for completing work on time, meetingwith the advisor, and keeping the advisor informed of progress in completing the independent study. Students are solely responsible for adheringto quarter and semester deadlines, as well as any deadlines set by the advisor. Work must be submitted according to these deadlines. Grading and Credits: Grades are weighted at the CP level and will be part of a student’s GPA. Credit is determined by the amount of time astudent spends learning. Credit is awarded for semester (2.5 credits) and/or full year (5 credits). One semester, 2.5 credits, is equal to 72 hours ofwork. Withdrawal: A student may withdraw from Independent Study only by following the normal withdrawal process for regular courses as outlinein “Withdrawal Policy” on page 2.Community Service-LearningCommunity Service-Learning is a teaching and learning methodology that blends meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning sothat each enriches and enhances the other. Through service-learning, students build knowledge, character, and civic skills, and they improve academic skillby applying what they learn in school to the real world. Community service-learning is an area that has been singled out in several national reports onexcellence as an integral part of the education process. A growing number of faculty offer courses at the high school that utilize community service-learningas a teaching tool. Students interested in taking such a class should contact Kristen Ritchie, the Connect & Commit Community Service-Learning ProgramDirector, at x1999 or kritchie@winchester.k12.ma.us.Work Study/Internship OptionA Work Study/Internship option is available for selected students (generally juniors or seniors). To participate in Work Study, a student must locate a jobthat provides a learning experience, takes place (at least partially) during school hours, attain the approval of his/her guidance counselor, assistant principal,parent or guardian, and have demonstrated a strong work ethic. The approval for work study will be made on an individual basis. Credit for Work Studywill be granted on an individual basis (up to 10 credits per year).HIGHER EDUCATION INFORMATION(For Students Planning to Attend a Four-Year College or University After High School Graduation)Winchester High School uses the Admissions Standards Policy adopted in 1996 by the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education as a minimumeligibility guide to course selections for students planning to attend a four-year college or university. In some instances, Winchester High School’srequirements exceed the course work required by the Board of Regents, so that students may be eligible for admission to the most selective colleges.Minimum Required College Preparatory Course work for Admission to Massachusetts State Colleges and University of MassachusettsEnglish 4 coursesMathematics 3 courses(Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, or comparable course work. U. Mass, Amherst admission into Engineering,Management, and Computer Science requires the completion of 4 courses.)Sciences 3 courses (including 2 lab courses)Social Studies 2 courses of World History and1 course of United States HistoryForeign Language 2 courses in a single languageElective Subjects 2 courses(Arts, Humanities, Computer Sciences, or the above subjects)Some competitive colleges may have additional requirements.Criteria for College AdmissionCollege admission requirements vary widely from school to school. As a guideline, colleges and universities usually consider the following factors: Academic Record (grades received and levels of courses)-Standing in class (WHS uses deciles, rather than rank)-Grade Point Average (GPA) Results of College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Examinations(Some colleges require or prefer the ACT rather than the SAT and Subject Tests.)-SAT Reasoning Test-SAT Subject Tests Writing Sample Teacher/Counselor Recommendations Extracurricular Activities (including work experience.)
  8. 8. 7COURSE DESCRIPTIONS BY DEPARTMENTARTThe Art Program consists of courses that develop students creative abilities and visual communication skills. Students will participate in hands-on artstudio, photography lab and computer lab activities that explore the use of a wide variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art materials.Through individualized and group instruction, art teachers stress the importance of experimentation and balance this with the more guided development oftechnical skills with specific art materials. The thirteen courses currently being offered by the Art Department have been designed to sharpen students’critical and creative thinking skills and to increase students’ confidence in their own creativity. All courses fulfill the Fine and Applied Arts graduationrequirement.0601 PHOTOSHOP I (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Fulfills one-half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)Students will explore the potential of the computer as a visual arts tool. Under the direction of an art instructor, students will use Adobe PhotoShop.The skills that are developed in this course have both fine art and commercial art applications. Students who enroll in this course should have basiccomputer skills.0614 ART, NEW MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY: ADOBE CS5 (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Prerequisite: Photoshop 1 with B or better) (Fulfillsone-half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement)This course covers the techniques and tools specific to making unique works of art with a variety of new media through project based inquiry.Students will have the opportunity to create a digital portfolio using the multifaceted program Adobe CS5 in the Mac Lab. Components of theprogram include Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, Flash Animation and Dreamweaver. Students will also use software such as Garage Band, FinalCut Pro and I-Movie. There will be opportunities to explore all the equipment in the Mac Lab including green screen for video editing, digitalcameras and scanners. Students are encouraged to incorporate traditional art making processes into their digital work. This course is designed for theadvanced computer user..0635 COMPUTER ANIMATION I (H) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Fulfills one half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)(Prerequisite: Students who select this course should have a strong comfort level using the PC or Macintosh computer and should be able todemonstrate Adobe Photoshop skills and other abilities with advanced software. Completion of any art course or computer course at WHS isrecommended before taking Computer Animation I.)This course will allow students to enter the creative world of digital animation through Macromedia Flash and Adobe After Effects software and otherhands-on experiences. As the director and producer, students will discover how the principles and concepts of animation are applied to the creation oftheir own multimedia animation that may integrate sound, music, photography, drawings, video clips, text and other imagery. As students begin todevelop production techniques they will focus on creativity, individuality, originality in the formation of their storyline and concept. Animationinvolves electronic drawing and manipulation of graphics, creating and adjusting frame types, sequencing and regulating timing, adding transitions forscenes, tweening objects for movement, adding special effects, editing and revising frames, and creating front and ending matter. For major animationprojects, students will present ideas in a well planned and written format for discussion with the teacher for prior approval. This course will require avariety of outside work, including: reading and writing assignments, research, or other assigned projects. Students will maintain an animation portfoliofor assessment and presentation for each quarter.0636 COMPUTER ANIMATION II (H) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Fulfills one half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)(Prerequisite: Computer Animation I with a minimum grade of B)The primary goal for continuing students will be to produce advanced digital animations that are creative, imaginative, and have meaningful plots. Asdirectors and producers, students will continue to develop their production techniques and will apply the fundamental principles of animation to theirwork. Through the use of Macromedia Flash and Adobe After Effects software animation productions may integrate sounds, music, photography,drawing, video clips text and other sources of imagery in a highly imaginative manner. Collaborative projects can be developed to focus on specificthemes that are unique, artistic, and spontaneous. To be considered as exemplary, students must complete at least one additional animation projectthat demonstrates exceptional work. This course will require a variety of outside work, including: reading and writing assignments, research, or otherassigned projects. Students will maintain an animation portfolio for assessment and presentation for each quarter.0600 SCULPTURE (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (This course fulfills one-half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)This half year course is offered to students who enjoy working with 3-D materials. The emphasis is on the development of technical skills andcreativity while using a variety of form building materials; clay, plaster, wood, foam core, found materials and wire. This course will also reinforceand broaden the student’s understanding of the elements and principals of art and design through creative problem solving and critical thinking.0613 HONORS SCULPTURE (H) (10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Prerequisite: Sculpture 1 with a B or better) (This course fulfills one half the Fineand Applied Arts Graduation Requirement)This semester long course focuses on advanced techniques, materials, and concepts of 3-Dimensional art. This course is designed for students who areinterested in learning more about traditional materials (clay, stone, plaster, wood) and processes such as mold making and alternative finishingprocesses for ceramic work. Students will have opportunities to use observation of nature and the human forms as subject matter for their work. Therewill be collaborative ceramic building projects and students will also be instructed on the wheel.
  9. 9. 80606 STUDIO ART I (CP) (9,10,11,12) Y 5.0 (This course fulfills the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)Studio Art I is appropriate for all 9-12 grade students. Realistic drawing skills are not necessary to achieve success in this course. This hands-on studiocourse offers instruction in the fundamentals of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Studio Art I provides exposure to a wide range of mediaincluding drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media, digital art and sculpture. This course also offers exposure to art history that supports studioart activities. Both old and new world materials, processes and technologies will be explored. Students will also be introduced to glaze mixing andalterative ceramic firing techniques. Studio Art I is a prerequisite for Studio Art II.Upon completion of this course students should: have developed their drawing and design skills have developed technical skills in the use of art materials used in the process of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed-media.Some of these materials are pencil, paint, pastel, pen and ink, printmaking, collage, clay, wood, wire and found objects. have developed a broader understanding of how artists combine skill in the use of art materials with the creative process in order to communicateideas and feelings.0607 STUDIO ART II (CP) (10, 11, 12) Y 5.0 (Prerequisite: Studio Art I) (This course fulfills the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)This course is for students who wish to continue their exploration of art as a means of visual expression. Students will work with an exciting variety ofart materials throughout the year. The emphasis is on individualized instruction which addresses the artistic interests and specific educational needs ofeach student. In addition to improving their drawing and design skills, students will also be encouraged to communicate their own ideas and feelings.Areas of concentration include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed-media. Materials include pencil, paint, pastel, pen and ink,collage, watercolor, clay, wood, wire, and found objects. The art experiences offered in Studio Art II have both fine and commercial art applications.Studio Art II may be elected in grades 10, 11, and/or 12 each year for a total of 15 credits.0611 DRAWING AND PAINTING (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (This course fulfills one half the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Reguirement.)This half year course focuses on the techniques, materials and concepts specific to 2-D media. Students will develop their technical skills and creativitywhile exploring a variety of subject matter such as portraiture, figure drawing, still life and landscape. Students will balance observational study withimages culled from digital sources as well as their imagination as we experiment with different styles like abstract, surreal, conceptual andrepresentation art. A variety of materials will be used from charcoal and acrylic paint to mixed and digital media. The course will also investigate thedifferent ways artists have interpreted drawing and painting from the Renaissance to contemporary periods. Students will maintain a sketchbookthroughout the semester to generate ideas and complete homework assignments.0608 HONORS ART (H) (11, 12) Y 5.0 (Prerequisite: B+ in Studio Art II)This course is for students who have taken at least one year of Studio Art II and who have identified art as an area in which they have strength andabundant interest. Some students who elect this course should regard the course as the first year of a two year process to complete an art portfolio forart school and/or college admission. A wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art materials will be explored in a structured studiosetting. Artistic independence will increase as the year progresses. The course includes field trips to museums and galleries, and visiting artist and artschool presentations.0609 SENIOR HONORS ART (H) (12) Y/Double – 10.0 (Prerequisite: Honors Art and Approval of Director of Art)The Senior Honors Art course provides a double period of studio art each day for seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and interest invisual art. Most Senior Honors Art students have taken a minimum of two years of Studio Art II and/or one year of Honors Art and are expected tohave a working understanding of the principles of design and the elements of art. The production and preparation of art work for the student portfoliois the primary involvement for many Senior Honors Art students in the first semester. The emphasis for each project, however, is on the exploration ofideas and experimentation with art materials. Students receive individualized instruction in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and mixed-media. The course includes field trips to museums and galleries, visiting artist and art school presentations and participation in an end-of-the-yearThesis Honors Art Exhibit.0605 HONORS PHOTOGRAPHY (H) (11, 12) Y 5.0 (Prerequisite: B in Photography II) (This course fulfills the Fine and Applied Arts Graduationrequirement.)This course is for students who have completed Photography I and II and who want to pursue photography as a potential career path as well as a meansof personal artistic expression. The Photography Program at Winchester High School has recently expanded to include digital photography. Digitalcameras and state-of-the-art computers and software are available to Honors Photography students. This full year course in photography will linktraditional black and white photography, color photography, and digital image making. This link will make it possible for students to learn and achieveat very high levels while using state-of-the-art technology that they will find in post-graduate programs.Another objective of the course will be the development of a portfolio that consists of a concentration of work, that is, a series of images that areconnected by a common subject, theme and/or visual element. This portfolio concept will be used to challenge students to push an idea or visual themeas far as they can. The portfolio will also be used for college or art school admission as well as for exhibitions and competitions.0603 PHOTOGRAPHY I (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (This course fulfills one-half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)This course offers instruction in basic black and white photography. Students will have full access to a high quality photographic darkroom within theArt Department both during and after school. The course will combine the technical aspects of basic black and white photography with concerns aboutthe photographic image as art. Students will learn how to use a 35 mm manual camera, photographic enlargement and printing techniques, filmdeveloping and alternative photographic techniques including solarization, photograms, pin hole camera shooting, and double-exposing.
  10. 10. 90604 PHOTOGRAPHY II (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Prerequisite: B in Photography I) (Fulfills one-half of the Fine and Applied Arts GraduationRequirement)This course will provide the opportunity for students who have taken Photography I to explore advanced printing techniques, including color printprocessing.While the course will focus primarily on darkroom printing techniques, students will also experiment in alternative photographic processes such as theuse of different format cameras, Polaroid imaging and emulsion transfers, cyan-o-type, daylight printing paper and digital imaging. The photographicimage as fine art will be a central concern. Students will be expected to build a photographic portfolio.0612 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CP (10, 11, 12) S 2.5Students will learn all phases of digital photography, from exposure/capture to the final output as a printed image and/or a digital image for webpresentation. Students will learn the basic camera skills necessary to create successful photographs such as exposure, focus, white balance, and depthof field.Students will also learn “digital workflow” and this includes downloading their photographs to the computer and editing, processing and preparingthem for output using Adobe Photoshop CS2. Students will learn how to make prints using photo inkjet printers and will be able to optimize theirphotographs for use on the Internet. Students will learn how to present their work using PowerPoint and will study the work of other artists both insideand outside the field of photography. Digital cameras will be available for students to borrow during the course.COMPUTER EDUCATION0640 21st CENTURY COMPETENCIES FOR REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5Creativity, self direction, collaboration and authentic engagement will allow the students to have a deeper understanding of a topic of interest. Studentswill take an active role in defining the topic and project for this cross discipline project based course. There are endless resources available online forour students today. Currently, students are consumers of entertainment when they navigate the internet. During this course, the student will expandand enhance their proficiency level while tapping into the endless wealth available on line and will develop the 21st century savvy necessary for themto be competitive with their global peers. Students will learn iPods are not just for music, use wikis and blogs as both a consumer and a creator,connect with experts in the field, interactivity of the web, use of individualized portals, video on demand, effective navigation and searches, globalethics and much more is to be uncovered during this semester long course. This transformational course will have the students looking at their on lineexperience through a totally difference lens. The standards found in the following documents will be used to benchmark the proficiency level for thiscourse MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Grades 9-12 Technology Literacy Standards, P21 Partnership and ISTE NETS forStudents.0635 COMPUTER ANIMATION I (H) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Fulfills one half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement)This course will allow students to enter the creative world of digital animation through Macromedia Flash and Adobe After Effects software and otherhands-on experiences. As the director and producer, students will discover how the principles and concepts of animation are applied to the creation oftheir own multimedia animation that may integrate sound, music, photography, drawings, video clips, text and other imagery. As students begin todevelop production techniques they will focus on creativity, individuality, originality in the formation of their storyline and concept. Animationinvolves electronic drawing and manipulation of graphics, creating and adjusting frame types, sequencing and regulating timing, adding transitions forscenes, tweening objects for movement, adding special effects, editing and revising frames, and creating front and ending matter. Students will alsohave to incorporate the use of a green screen (a technique known as chroma key) in their animation projects. For major animation projects, studentswill present ideas in a well planned and written format for discussion with the teacher for prior approval. This course will require a variety of outsidework, including: reading and writing assignments, research, or other assigned projects. Students will maintain an animation portfolio for assessmentand presentation for each quarter.0636 COMPUTER ANIMATION II (H) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Fulfills one half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement.)(Prerequisite: Computer Animation I with a minimum grade of B)The primary goal for continuing students will be to produce advanced digital animations that are creative, imaginative, and have meaningful plots. Asdirectors and producers, students will continue to develop their production techniques and will apply the fundamental principles of animation to theirwork. Through the use of Macromedia Flash and Adobe After Effects software animation productions may integrate sounds, music, photography,drawings, video clips, text and other sources of imagery in a highly imaginative manner. Students should aim to utilize the green screen in one of theirprojects. Collaborative projects can be developed to focus on specific themes that are unique, artistic, and spontaneous. To be considered as exemplary,students must complete at least one additional animation project that demonstrates exceptional work. This course will require a variety of outside work,including: reading and writing assignments, research, or other assigned projects. Students will maintain an animation portfolio for assessment andpresentation for each quarter.0630 INFORMATION PROCESSING & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (CP) (9, 10, 11,12) S 2.5This hands-on, one-semester course has been designed to help students develop computer and keyboarding skills that are needed for collegepreparation and personal use. Students will learn how to complete a variety of computer projects, including basic word processing for composingpersonal letters and school reports with graphics, use of the Internet as a communication and research tool, introduction to desktop publishing for pagelayout and design, use of scanning and digital camera hardware for manipulation of graphic images, and integrated projects and slide shows. Inaddition, students will have instruction and practice time for building keyboarding speed and accuracy, designing spreadsheets and databases, andlearning other useful software applications. This is an excellent sixth course to carry as nearly all work is covered in class. The Departmentrecommends that all students enroll in a computer course before graduation.
  11. 11. 100631 WEB DESIGN I (H) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Fulfills one-half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement)Have you ever wondered how Web pages on the Internet are made? Do you want to have the skills to create interesting Websites? This course teachesthe basics of building and maintaining a site on the World Wide Web. We work with Web graphics created by Adobe Photoshop, MacromediaFireworks, Flash & Dreamweaver MX. You will learn the basics of HTML code, creative design concepts and tricks of the trade. Students willmaintain a portfolio of projects for assessment. The knowledge of the Internet language is especially helpful for further studies and career paths in thisarea.0632 WEB DESIGN II/Dreamweaver MX (H) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5 (Prerequisite: Web Design I with a minimum grade of a C- or prior approval of theteacher.) (Fulfills one-half of the Fine and Applied Arts Graduation Requirement)Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Flash, Fireworks and Adobe Photoshop are our continued focus. Students will work in teams or independently tocreate advanced Websites that are designed for aesthetics and function with introductory interactivity. Students will learn the HTML and CSS(cascading style sheets) to construct their website. Find a client and build the site; you have potentially earned an advanced grade. One major segmentof this course will be the maintenance and enhancement of the Winchester Public Schools Websites. Get your FTP skills developed as we transfer filesto the WWW. Students will be encouraged to maintain an Internet-based portfolio. (NOTE: Some students may be able to select this course without theprerequisite—prior approval is required.) The knowledge of the Internet language is especially helpful for college studies and career paths in this area.0633 INDEPENDENT COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5This course will offer an opportunity, to specific students which are self-motivated, to complete an independent computer project. The entire programis individualized, as students will be expected to plan and to develop challenging and unique computer projects. Some suggested topics may include:learning a programming language, learning advanced software such as Adobe Photoshop V.6, Adobe After Effects, Macromedia Flash, or developing aportfolio of electronic painting/drawing, authoring a comprehensive Website, finding an on-line tutorial for a specific topic, completing an in depthcomputer research project for integration in a core subject area as well as developing other creative, challenging, and independent computer work.Student projects are pre-approved by the instructor and a weekly journal is required for documenting work and communicating with the instructor.Students will be expected to present a summary of specific results for assessment. This is an excellent sixth course to carry as nearly all work iscompleted in class.0634 INTRO TO SPORTS, RECREATION/ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) S 2.5Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the fascinating world of sports professional careers, and the fast-paced recreation/entertainment showswe watch and read about everyday? This course is an introduction and survey of these exciting fields. By observation and marketing analysis we willstudy concepts and strategies and the role of ecommerce. Students will discover how these exciting industries generate such popularity. The followingkey areas will be examined and explored as part of the curriculum: marketing strategies and tools, economics of the industry, advertising andpromotion ideas, promotion campaigns, product licensing, agents and personal managers, merchandising, safety and security, advertising, visualmerchandising, human relations, the sales process, sales promotion, merchandising, designers, market research, organizational management,economics, careers, marketing trends, customer relations. Students will work on various business plans, which include commercial production, eventpromotion, and the duties of a sports agent. Students will research, discuss, present, and work in small cooperative learning groups as well as completeoutside reading and homework. This course is an excellent elective for potential college business majors and other related sport management studies.0641 DEVELOPING MOBILE APPLICATIONS FOR IPHONE, IPAD AND ANDROID DEVICES (H) (10,11,12) S 2.5Creating Appplications With FlashHow often have you had an idea for an iPhone or iPad app but didn’t know where to start? In this course, students will learn the basics of mobileapplication development using Flash CS5, ActionScript 3, and Photoshop. Projects will focus on software architecture, interface layout, and multi-modular real-time user interaction. The course will teach students to build iOS apps and games from initial prototyping all the way up to deployment.This honors level course has a Web Design I requirement.ENGLISHA students assignment to English each year is determined by consistent quality of performance during the preceding year and teacher and counselorrecommendations.1. Honors English in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 is offered to students who have demonstrated consistent ability to operate at a high level and topersevere. Placement in grade 9 is determined by the mastery level demonstrated in the middle school English program. Students mustmaintain a B (not B-) average to remain in the Honors sequence. They must earn a grade of A- or an A to move into the Honorssequence from the CP level. These are the prerequisites for Honors English.2. Advanced Placement English in Grade 12 is offered to a select group of students who have demonstrated that they can assume a high level ofpersonal responsibility for their work. Advanced Placement candidates must have revealed ability to work consistently at a sophisticatedcognitive level, to manipulate details in an imaginative way, and to write excellent critical analyses.The selection process will involve three criteria:a) Students must apply for this course and submit work in support of their application. Only those with grades of B or better in Honorsor A- or better in CP are eligible to apply.b) Students must be recommended for this course by their current teacher.c) Students applications must be approved by a committee of English teachers and by the Director of English.3. All sophomores take Writing Laboratory during the first semester of the sophomore year. Successful completion of this course is arequirement for graduation. Students who fail Writing Lab must retake the course, and this can be done only at Winchester HighSchool.
  12. 12. 114. For the English requirement, American Literature is offered either as a full year course or as a semester course in conjunction with Speech orCreative Writing. Possible combinations to fulfill the English requirement are: 127/128 The Hero’s Journey/American Fiction, 127/125 TheHero’s Journey/Creative Writing, and 124/128 Speech and Debate/American Fiction. However, a student may not take the first semester ofSpeech and Debate and the second semester of Creative Writing sequentially to fulfill a full year English requirement.5. For elective credit only a student may select Creative Writing or Speech and Debate without the Literature component.6. An individualized, diagnostic/prescriptive, remedial reading tutorial is provided as English classroom support for students in grades 9-12.Admission is through teacher recommendation. Credit will be awarded based on the number of sessions scheduled per cycle (not to exceed five),with prior approval of the English Director.7. Selected summer reading is assigned as a requirement for all English courses.8. Successful completion of a research paper is a requirement for some junior and senior literature courses.Courses Available by GradesA. Grade 90104 Grade 9 English (H) Y 5.00103 Grade 9 English (CP) Y 5.00102 Foundations of Literature (CP) Y 5.0B. Grade 10FIRST SEMESTER SECOND SEMESTER0107 Writing Laboratory (H) 0108 American Humanities (H) Y 5.00106 Writing Laboratory (CP) 0109 American Dream (CP) Y 5.00105 Foundations of Writing (CP) 0110 Exploring American Literature (CP) Y 5.00125 Creative Writing (CP) S 2.50126 Creative Writing (H by contract) S 2.5C. Grades 11 and 120116 Survey of British Literature (H) Y 5.00115 Survey of British Literature (CP) Y 5.00147 American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach (CP) Y/Double 10.00148 American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach (H by contract) Y/Double 10.00113 Literature and Composition I (CP) Y 5.00143 Journalism and Non-Fiction I (CP) Y 5.00145 Journalism and Non-Fiction II (CP) Y 5.00121 Shakespearean and Modern Drama (CP) Y 5.00122 Shakespearean and Modern Drama (H by contract) Y 5.00127 The Hero’s Journey (first semester) (CP) S 2.50128 American Fiction (second semester) (CP) S 2.50123 Critical Reading and Writing for College (CP) Y 5.00124 Speech and Debate (first semester) (CP) S 2.50125 Creative Writing (second semester) (CP) S 2.50126 Creative Writing (second semester) (H by contract) S 2.5D. Grade 120119 Advanced Placement English (Survey of World Literature) (H+) Y 5.00117 Masterpieces of World Literature (CP) Y 5.00118 Masterpieces of World Literature (H by contract) Y 5.00142 Literature and Film (CP) Y 5.00114 Literature and Composition II (CP) Y 5.00111 Humanities (CP) Y/Double 10.00112 Humanities (H by contract) Y/Double 10.0Course DescriptionsGrade 90104 GRADE 9 ENGLISH (H) (See Prerequisite) Y 5.0In this course, exposure to a wide range of literature is intended to increase students awareness of the power and variety of language, broaden theirexperience, provide a foundation for the in-depth exploration of upper English courses. Careful reading of short fiction, novels, non-fiction, poetry anddrama encourages the development of analytical skills. The emphasis is on interpretation, with special attention to literary terms and concepts, themeand figurative language. Expository writing assignments, based on the literature, stress clarity, evidence and specific detail. Complex writing toolssuch as tone, diction and voice are taught to develop each student’s writing style. Instruction in research methods, process, and organization preparesstudents for writing research papers. Creative writing includes short fiction and poetry. Grammar review focuses on usage, and vocabulary units focuson recognizing and using words in context.
  13. 13. 120103 GRADE 9 ENGLISH (CP) Y 5.0Grade 9 CP English focuses on developing reading and writing skills and fostering enjoyment of reading and writing. Students read short fiction,novels, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. The emphasis is on analysis, through an understanding of the elements of fiction and of literary devices;synthesis, through discovering themes; and connection, through comparison with other works of literature and with students own experience.Expository writing assignments correspond with the reading assignments and emphasize clarity, evidence, and specific detail. Students also have theopportunity to do some creative writing of short fiction and poetry. Grammar lessons focus on usage, while vocabulary lessons focus on using wordsin context. Instruction in research methods, process, and organization prepares students for writing research papers.0102 FOUNDATIONS OF LITERATURE (CP) Y 5.0This grade 9 course is designed to improve students reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to assist students in learning in all academic contentareas; to help students in dealing with the everyday world in which they live; and to increase the students language experiences. The focus in readingboth fiction and non-fiction is on comprehension and inferential reasoning. Students learn to recognize an authors bias and credentials and thedifference between fact and opinion. Discussions of reading assignments emphasize characterization, setting, style, theme, and vocabulary. Studentsidentify main ideas, supporting details, fact, opinion, sequence of events, and relationships in the writings of authors such as Hemingway, Steinbeck,Poe, White, Paulsen and Shakespeare.Grade 10WRITING LABORATORY (H (See Prerequisite), CP) S 2.5The Writing Laboratory, a one-semester expository writing course, is offered with each of the three Grade 10 literature courses. The focus is on theprocess of writing, a focus that is reinforced by writing in all literature courses thereafter. Students write the following kinds of essays: persuasion,comparison-contrast, cause and effect, and literary analysis. Focus correction areas are thesis, evidence, paragraphing, sentence structure, and wordchoice. Peer editing, spot conferencing, and revision are important aspects of Writing Lab. Students read pieces by professional writers, using themfor inspiration, for models of good writing, for strengthening critiquing skills, and for analysis. Much of the writing, editing and revision is done onwireless laptop computers.0107 WRITING LABORATORY (first semester) (H) (See Prerequisite) S 2.50108 AMERICAN HUMANITIES (second semester) (H) (See Prerequisite) S 2.5In this literature course, students read American works of recognized literary merit by authors such as Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Poe, Hawthorne,Whitman, Twain, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Hemingway and Salinger. The goals of the course are to help develop good readers, to help students to useliterature as tools in understanding themselves and others, to help students use literature to gain an insight into the cultural backgrounds represented inthe literary works, and to review and practice writing skills learned in Writing Lab. In-depth discussions focus not only on the literary conventions, butalso on the intellectual, philosophical and social forces which defined each era of American life. Frequent analytical papers and essay tests with anemphasis on character, theme and style are required.0106 WRITING LABORATORY (first semester) (CP) S 2.50109 AMERICAN DREAM (second semester) (CP) S 2.5The literature course defines, traces, and evaluates the theme of the American Dream through representative American literary works. The goals of thecourse are to help develop good readers, to help students to use literature as tools in understanding themselves and others, to help students use literatureto gain an insight into the cultural backgrounds represented in the literary works, and to review and practice writing skills learned in Writing Lab.Students read and discuss novels, short stories, plays, and poetry as they determine the historical and social factors which contributed to the changingdefinition of the American Dream from the age of Puritans to the present time. Most writing is expository and evolves from reading assignments.Students are expected to work independently as well as in small groups. Evaluation is based on oral presentations, quizzes, compositions, and essayexaminations. Students read authors such as Bradford, Edwards, Hawthorne, Whitman, Twain, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Miller, Wilson, and Salinger.0105 FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING (first semester) (CP) S 2.50110 EXPLORING AMERICAN LITERATURE (second semester) (CP) S 2.5The literature course is designed to lead to improvement in reading skills for both fiction and non-fiction and to an appreciation of literature through astudy of 20th century American fiction, poetry and drama of authors such as Miller, Salinger, Vonnegut, Hemingway, Wilson and Krakauer. ChangingAmerican ideas are discussed as well as changing literary styles. Students participate in discussions of assigned readings and write short expositoryessays, practicing the skills they learned in Writing Lab.Grades 11 and 120116 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE (H) (See Prerequisite) Y 5.0In this course students read many of the masterpieces of British literature, becoming acquainted with the political, economic, and cultural forces whichinfluenced the writings as well as the developments in literature. The class format includes occasional lectures, frequent class discussions of workassigned, the preparation of numerous critical essays and the completion of a research paper. Literature selections include such authors as theanonymous Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, Dickens, Hardy, Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, and Eliot. Papers and projects are bothanalytical and creative.0115 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE (CP) Y 5.0During the first semester, students study the historical and cultural backgrounds of the Anglo-Saxon era, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and theEnlightenment. Students read authors such as the Beowulf poet, Malory, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Swift. During the second semester, students studythe historical and cultural backgrounds of the Romantic, Victorian, and modern periods. They read novels, short stories, poetry and drama of authorslike Dickens, Hardy, Wordsworth, Col-eridge, Byron, Keats, Shelley, and Conrad. Evaluation of students is based on class participation, analyticalessays, creative projects and oral presentations. All students practice research skills.
  14. 14. 130147/0148 AMERICAN STUDIES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH (CP or H by contract) (See Prerequisite) Y/Double 10.0This new double credit course for juniors offers an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of Modern America. Through a study of Americanhistory, literature, music and art, this course will enrich the depth of a student’s understanding of American culture, especially in the twentieth century.The thematic approach includes a focus on a number of different themes including Race in America, Prosperity and Depression, TechnologicalInnovation and Change in America, and Protest. Students will examine the works of major American writers such as Crane, Fitzgerald, Hemingway,Hughes, Hurston, Morrison, Carver and Kingston. They will also explore the roots and development of American art and music during this same timeperiod. Papers and projects are both analytical and creative. A major term paper is a requirement of this course. Students may elect to work at thehonors level in this course by meeting the requirements of the English department for honors level work.0113 LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION I (CP) Y 5.0The focus of this course is the continued development of students reading, writing and critical thinking skills. During the year, students read literatureand non-fiction related to a central theme, in order to improve comprehension and deepen an appreciation for literature. Among the authors read areKeyes, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Gibbons, Keller, Cormier and Poe. Vocabulary and grammar are taught within the context of these works, and thereare regular comprehension and vocabulary quizzes. Paper assignments related to the students’ experiences and readings include critical essays,creative and autobiographical projects and a research presentation. Written exercises and essays focus upon supporting conclusions with specificevidence, developing clarity of written expression, and writing for specific audiences.SPEECH AND DEBATE/AMERICAN FICTION0124 SPEECH AND DEBATE (first semester) (CP) S 2.5 Can also be taken as an elective first semester.Speaking experiences introduce the student to a variety of forms, including persuasive speaking, public speaking, debating, group discussion,interviewing skills and public readings. Emphasis is on researching a topic, outlining material, creating specific speech formats, and overcomingnervousness. Additional speech experience comes through dramatic presentations and improvisations.0128 AMERICAN FICTION (second semester) (CP) S 2.5American Fiction: Why do people tell stories? What is an American story? The focus of this course is the development of critical thinking andinferential reading skills through the study of American Literature. Through expository writing assignments students will analyze novels, short stories,plays, satire, poetry and media. Recent classes have included works by Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, Tim O’Brien, TennesseeWilliams and contemporary American essay writers. The vocabulary development is based on assigned readings with a focus on understandingvocabulary in context. Students will participate in class discussions and complete weekly reading and writing assignments. Also there is a majorindependent, creative project.THE HERO’S JOURNEY/CREATIVE WRITING0127 THE HERO’S JOURNEY (first semester) (CP) S 2.5The Hero’s Journey will investigate the age old cycle of the hero through contempory literature. Using Joseph Campbell’s model from The Hero withthe Thousand Faces, both fiction and non-fiction works will be used to identify the elements of the journey in works by: Cormac McCarthy, JohnKrakauer, Jack London, Raymond Chandler and Nancy Kress. The cycle of the journey will provide the foundation for looking at the idea ofexistenitialism and other “codes” of the hero. All students will analyze and write about various classic “heroes” of comtemporary literature. Studentswill participate in class discussions and complete weekly reading assignments, as well as write essays and complete creative projects0125/0126 CREATIVE WRITING (second semester) (CP or H by contract) (See Prerequisite) S 2.5 Can be taken as an elective second semester.This course will include the writing of poetry, fiction, and drama; a study of literary terms and concepts; close reading and analysis of literary samplesin each genre; close reading and critiquing of each students own work; and related writing, such as journals and self-portraits for college applications.Students selecting this course should be competent writers who enjoy writing, want to improve their writing skills, want to become better readers ofliterary writing, and are interested in a close and honest observation of their own experience, both real and imaginative. Students may elect to work atthe honors level in this course by contract.THE HERO’S JOURNEY/AMERICAN FICTION0127 THE HERO’S JOURNEY (first semester) (CP) S 2.5The Hero’s Journey will investigate the age old cycle of the hero through contempory literature. Using Joseph Campbell’s model from The Hero withthe Thousand Faces, both fiction and non-fiction works will be used to identify the elements of the journey in works by: Cormac McCarthy, JohnKrakauer, Jack London, Raymond Chandler and Nancy Kress. The cycle of the journey will provide the foundation for looking at the idea ofexistenitialism and other “codes” of the hero. All students will analyze and write about various classic “heroes” of comtemporary literature. Studentswill participate in class discussions and complete weekly reading assignments, as well as write essays and complete creative projects0128 AMERICAN FICTION (second semester) (CP) S 2.5American Fiction: Why do people tell stories? What is an American story? The focus of this course is the development of critical thinking andinferential reading skills through the study of American fiction. Through expository writing assignments students will analyze novels, short stories,plays, satire, poetry and media. Recent classes have included works by Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, Tim O’Brien, TennesseeWilliams and contemporary American essay writers. The vocabulary development is based on assigned readings with a focus on understandingvocabulary in context. Students will participate in class discussions and complete weekly reading and writing assignments. Also there is a majorindependent, creative project.
  15. 15. 140123 CRITICAL READING AND WRITING FOR COLLEGE (CP) Y 5.0The primary objective of this course is to reinforce and improve those reading, writing, speaking and listening skills required for success in college.During the year students read fiction and non-fiction in selected thematic units to develop comprehension and improve critical reading skills. Theselection of thought provoking choices in literature will help students’ stretch the boundaries of their abstract thinking. Essential expository writingskills are reinforced with the preparation of the personal college essay and literary analysis essays. Students will also practice basic research skillsneeded for college. Class discussions and oral presentations encourage fluency in oral communications. A comprehensive review of English grammarand usage and emphasis on reading-based vocabulary are integral to the course. Some of the literature studied include the works of Old Man and theSea, Fahrenheit 451, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Bless Me Ultima and Brave New World.0142 LITERATURE AND FILM (CP) Y 5.0This full year course for seniors will explore the topics of gender, human identity and the psychology of human beings through classics of literature andfilm. Literature will include, The Stranger, The Metamorphosis, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Oedipus Rex, I am Legend and the stories of Phillip K. Dick.Films will include works of Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan. All students will learn the basic elements of the medium offilm as well as analyze and write about the issues explored in the literature and the course as a whole. Since this course has a limited enrollment offifty students, students must be recommended by their current English teacher and approved by the course teacher.0143/0145 JOURNALISM AND NON-FICTION I and II (CP) Y 5.0Journalism has been called everything from “the first draft of history” to “literature in a hurry.” This course concentrates on the writing, reading,analytical and technical skills required to produce high-quality non-fiction. Students will produce newswriting, non-fiction essays, opinion pieces andjournals, while learning how to gather reliable information, conduct interviews, and write effectively on a deadline. After polishing, some pieces willbe submitted for publication in local and national media outlets, including The Red and Black. Authors studied include Douglass, Johnson, Capote,Thompson and Woodward and Bernstein.As the course progresses, students will analyze the way non-fiction authors use literary devices to recreate lived experience. Using literature fromacross several genres including biography, essay, editorial and drama, the course will explore the line between fiction and non-fiction and describe theconsequences that ensue when the two intersect. Students will read the essayists Franklin, Pepys and Thoreau as well as the novelists Hemingway,Ellison and Achebe. With “reality” dominating popular culture, understanding how to read and write non-fiction is essential.0121/0122 SHAKESPEAREAN AND MODERN DRAMA (CP or H by contract) (See Prerequisite) Y 5.0This full-year course for juniors and seniors will cover William Shakespeare’s comedies, such as Midsummers Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.Various moderns such as Chekhov, Ibsen, Albee, Beckett, Shepard and Stoppard will also be studied. We will explore the actors craft throughexercises, improvisations, scene work and character analysis. Work on scenes will develop sensitivity to text, and skills in creative interpretation.Testing will be based on performance of monologues and collaboration in scenes from the works studied. Students will also keep journals, write shortpapers and an original play. Students may elect to work at the honors level in this course by contract.0124 SPEECH AND DEBATE (CP) S 2.5 Can also be taken as an elective first semester.Speaking experiences introduce the student to a variety of forms, including persuasive speaking, public speaking, debating, group discussion,interviewing skills and public readings. Emphasis is on researching a topic, outlining material, creating specific speech formats, and overcomingnervousness. Additional speech experience comes through dramatic presentations and improvisations.0125/0126 CREATIVE WRITING (CP or H by contract) (See Prerequisite) S 2.5 Can also be taken as an elective second semester.This course will include the writing of poetry, fiction, and drama; a study of literary terms and concepts; close reading and analysis of literary samplesin each genre; close reading and critiquing of each students own work; and related writing, such as journals and self-portraits for college applications.Students selecting this course should be competent writers who enjoy writing, want to improve their writing skills, want to become better readers ofliterary writing, and are interested in a close and honest observation of their own experience, both real and imaginative. Creative Writing is open to:sophomores, juniors, and seniors as a one-semester elective course. Students may elect to work at the honors level in this course by contract.Grade 120119 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH (Survey of World Literature) (H+) Y 5.0 (Prerequisite: at least B average in Honors British Literature oran A- or better in CP British Literature. Students must be recommended by their teacher and apply for this course. Approval of the Director of Englishis required.)In AP English strong, well-motivated students read, discuss, and analyze selected examples of Greek, medieval, Renaissance and nineteenth andtwentieth century “classics" while also exploring the social, intellectual and philosophical forces which shaped each authors sensibility. Works studiedare by authors such as Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Dante, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Swift, Melville, Goethe, Austen, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Tolstoy,Dickinson, Woolf, Joyce, Eliot, Garcia Marquez, Faulkner and Yeats. Through critical analysis and discussion students sharpen their awareness oflanguage and the writers craft and increase their sensitivity to literature, which enables them to understand better both themselves and the world inwhich they live. Analytic and persuasive papers focus students on the study and practice of expressing their ideas in honest, effective language whichdemonstrates an understanding of the relationship between style, tone, and audience. Analysis of Shakespearean critical commentary is required. Thiscourse prepares students for the CEEB Examination in English Literature and Composition given annually in May.0117/0118 MASTERPIECES OF WORLD LITERATURE (CP or H by contract) (See Prerequisite) Y 5.0This course presents some of the literary masterpieces which comprise an important part of our knowledge of the global world we live in today.Through selected readings and active participation, students search for universal themes which reflect and give insight into the human condition. Theliterary, historical, cultural and aesthetic value of each work is emphasized through the incorporation of music, film, art and various online resources.Students contribute to class discussion and submit expository writing related to their reading. They read works of authors such as Sophocles,Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Achebe, Paton and Ondaatje. Students may elect to work at the honors level in this course by contract.
  16. 16. 150114 LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION II (CP) Y 5.0Like its counterpart, Literature and Composition I, this course emphasizes the continued development of a students comprehension, writtenexpression, and critical thinking skills. However, the junior course is not a prerequisite for this course. During the year, students study fiction andnon-fiction related to a central theme, using works of such authors as Stephen King, William Shakespeare, Jon Krakauer, Sandra Cisneros, JRRTolkien, and others. Vocabulary and grammar are taught within the context of these works, and there are regular comprehension and vocabularyquizzes. Verbal skills are stressed through class discussion, reading and major dramatic project. Writing assignments include critical essays andcreative short stories designed to strengthen students’ ability to write with detail, purpose and clarity.0111/0112 HUMANITIES: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH (CP or H by contract) (See Prerequisite) Y/Double 10.0Humanities is a double-credit course for seniors in the literature, history, art and music of Western civilization. Organized chronologically andinterdisciplinary in approach, Humanities emphasizes especially the classical and medieval periods, the Renaissance, and selected aspects of thenineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students study the works of many of the major writers, artists and composers of the Western tradition. Papers andprojects are both analytical and creative. Students taking Humanities must have a "C" average or better in their previous high school English courses.Students may elect to work at the honors level in this course by meeting the requirements of the English department for honors level work. Humanitiesfulfills the Fine and Applied Arts requirement as well as the senior English requirement.FOREIGN LANGUAGEWinchester High School offers a fully articulated Foreign Language sequence of French, Italian, Latin and Spanish in compliance with theNational Standards and the Massachusetts Frameworks. As of 2012-13, we offer Mandarin I, II and III. Emphasis in all Foreign Languageclasses is on the development of the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as on familiarity with theculture and people of the countries where each language is used. In Latin the focus is on reading and writing the language and oralcommunication is primarily in English while in the modern foreign language classes, the target language is used as appropriate for each level. Inaddition to the daily exposure to language and culture in the classroom students will go regularly to the departmental language lab to furtherpractice and refine their language skills and enhance their knowledge of the culture of the language they are studying. Twenty-first CenturySkills are embedded in all foreign language courses.Prerequisites and Requirements for sequential courses: A minimum end of the year average of C- is required for advancement to the next level in all foreign language courses. Teacher approval is also aprerequisite. All first and second level year courses are CP level. In the third year of the language students will choose whether to take honors or CP. Thischoice will be made in the spring when students sign up for courses. Teacher approval is also a prerequisite. In order to sign up for 3 honors astudent must have a solid B in the second year and be recommended by his/her teacher. In order to sign up for 4 honors, a student must have asolid B in the third year honors class and be recommended by his/her teacher. Should the final grade drop below a solid B, the student will beenrolled in the CP level. Introduction to Italian Language and Culture and Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture are offered at the CP level. These classes arereserved for upper classmen (grades 11 and 12). Advanced Placement courses are available in French Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, andLatin (Vergil). The minimum requirement for recommendation is a B+ or better in the third year of Latin and the fourth year of French, Italianand Spanish. In addition to teacher recommendation, a written and speaking sample may be required and final approval must be given by theDirector of the department.There are exchange programs in French and Spanish, usually made available to students in the upper levels of the language. In addition, other travelopportunities are available on a regular basis to Italy. Each year, seniors studying Italian who have demonstrated responsible behavior have the opportunityto take an educational trip to Italy during a school vacation.FRENCHEmphasis on all levels is on the development of the four basic language skills; listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as, on familiarity with theculture and people of francophone countries. French is the primary means of communication in the classroom. The following is a summary of the workcovered in the French program at Winchester High School.0201 FRENCH 2 (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) Y 5.0French 2 is an exciting mix of francophone cultures, literature, film and text. Students build upon their basic grammar and vocabulary foundation withcommunicative activities in listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The Allez, Viens! program, Level 2 (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston) includesvideo, language labs, and web sites to take students “on location.” French 2 students will see “La Boum.” They will read African short stories andcorrespond with French speakers via e-mail.0203 FRENCH 3 (CP) (10, 11, 12) Y 5.0This curriculum is built upon the Allez, Viens! program, Level 3 (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston) which emphasizes francophonie around the world.Students will study Europe, Northern Africa, and Canada through arts, literature, and film and cultural text. To continue to build upon the grammarand vocabulary foundation of the previous years of study, students will also use video, language labs, and web sites. They will read Histoire d’uneRevanche and see several French films
  17. 17. 160204 FRENCH 3 (H) (10, 11, 12) Y 5.0This curriculum is built upon the Allez, Viens! program, Level 3 (Holt, Rinehart and Winston) which emphasizes froncophonie around the world.Students will study Europe, Northern Africa, and Canada through arts, literature, and film and cultural text. To continue to build upon the grammar andvocabulary foundation of the previous years of study, students will also use video, language labs, and web sites. They will read Histoire d’uneRevanche and see several French films.French 3 CP and French 3 Honors usually meet in the same sections. Honors requirements include additional sections on tests and quizzes, additionalprojects and additional literature assignments.(See guidelines in introduction to department offerings) As an Honors course, it is an intensive course that is taught almost exclusively in French anddemands a high level of motivation on the part of the students.0243 FRENCH 4 (CP) (11, 12) Y 5.0In this course, students expand their knowledge of French language and culture with the Bravo text. In addition, they will read the classic LePetitPrince and see the film. They will read and write poetry and see “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources.” In the first semester students willfollow a radio program, “Suivez la Piste.” Upon successful completion of French 4, students can go on to French 5 or AP French.0205 FRENCH 4 (H) (11, 12) Y 5.0In this course, students expand their knowledge of French language and culture with the Bravo text. In addition, they will read the classic LePetitPrince and see the film. They will read and write poetry and see “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources.” In the first semester students willfollow a radio program, “Suivez la Piste.” Upon successful completion of French 4, students can go on to French 5 or AP French.French 4 CP and French 4 Honors usually meet in the same sections. Honors requirements include additional sections on tests and quizzes, additionalprojects and additional literature assignments. (See guidelines in introduction to department offerings) As an Honors course, it is an intensive coursethat is taught almost exclusively in French and demands a high level of motivation on the part of the students.0226 FRENCH 5 (CP) (12) Y 5.0French 5 is a thorough grammatical review course based on the text Une Fois Pour Toutes. Students read Six Contes de Maupassant and Les Jeux SontFaits (Sartre) or “L’Etranger” (Camus) and various articles from the French press. They will see and analyze several films while reviewing Frenchhistory. They will also listen to the radio program, “Poursuite Inattendue.” The course places greater emphasis on development of speaking andreading skills. (See prerequisite guidelines)0206 FRENCH 5 (H) (12) Y 5.0French 5 is a thorough grammatical review course based on the text Une Fois Pour Toutes. Students read Six Contes de Maupassant and Les Jeux SontFaits (Sartre) or “L’Etranger” (Camus) and various articles from the French press. They will see and analyze several films while reviewing Frenchhistory. They will also listen to the radio program, “Poursuite Inattendue.” The course places greater emphasis on development of speaking andreading skills. (See prerequisite guidelines)0207 ADVANCED PLACEMENT FRENCH LANGUAGE CULTURE (AP) (12) Y 5.0The AP course requires summer reading and prepares the student for the Advanced Placement examination in French language. It will include the basiccurriculum of French 5 plus the intensive speaking, listening, reading, and writing practice necessary for success on the AP exam. Successfulcompletion of this course is the equivalent of a third-year college French conversation and composition class. (See prerequisite guidelines)ITALIAN0230 ITALIAN 1 (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) Y 5.0Italian 1 stresses the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through a new communicative based text, Avanti con I’ltaliano. Verb tensesinclude the present and past with emphasis on personal expression. By the end of the year the students should be able to read simple passages andcommunicate in simple topics pertaining to life. Students will have the opportunity to view at least three classic Italian films to enhance understandingof language and appreciation of cultural differences.0231 ITALIAN 2 (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) Y 5.0This course provides all the elements for a full communicative second course. It features cultural material in dialog and narrative forms. After areview of year one, additional vocabulary and verb tenses are learned. The core text, Prego, provides a strong review of basic grammatical structuresand development of more advanced grammar. The development of oral skills is stressed focusing on real life situations with readings, videos, songsand skits. Students will have the opportunity to view at least three classic Italian films to enhance understanding of language and appreciation ofcultural differences.0232 INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE I (CP) (10, 11, 12) Y 5.0This course will include the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking using the Forza I textbook. Students will learn basiclanguage for communication and make connections in the fields of culture, geography, music, cuisine and history. Students will have the opportunity towatch three classic Italian films. Students who pass this course may continue with Introduction to Italian Language and Culture II CP. This course hasa limited enrollment and priority is given to students in grades 11 and 12 (reserved for upperclassmen). This course is offered on alternate years. (It isnot offered in 2012-13.)
  18. 18. 170239 INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 2 (CP) (11, 12) Y 5.0This is a continuation of Introduction to Italian Language and Culture I using the Forza II textbook. Students continue to improve their listening,speaking, reading and writing skills. They will have the opportunity to watch three classic Italian films.0233 ITALIAN 3 (CP) (10, 11, 12) Y 5.0This course continues to develop students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Basics are reviewed before progressing to more advancedskills. The textbook and ancillaries used are the Sentieri program, a student-friendly approach which includes authentic materials about contemporaryItaly. Students will acquire confidence in using Italian. Students will have the opportunity to view at least three classic Italian films to enhanceunderstanding of language and appreciation of cultural differences.0234 ITALIAN 3 (H) (10, 11, 12) Y 5.0The text Prego provides a strong review of basic grammatical structures and development of vocabulary and more advanced grammar. The study of theverb tenses is expanded and studied in depth. The development of oral skills is stressed focusing on real life situations with readings, videos, projectsand skits. As an honors course, it is taught almost exclusively in Italian and requires strong motivation on the part of the students. This course beginsthe preparation for Italian 4 Honors (see prerequisite guidelines for Honors weighting). Students will have the opportunity to view at least three classicItalian films and will listen to a number of Italian songs to enhance understanding of language and appreciation of cultural differences. Students willwork on the development of writing skills through essays, emails and projects.0244 ITALIAN 4 (CP) (11, 12) Y 5.0Italian 4 continues to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills using the multimedia Sentieri program. The emphasis shifts from grammarand involves more readings, discussions and reflections about Italian culture. Geography and civilization across a 2000 year time line include Italiancontributions to world culture. Students will have the opportunity to view at least three classic Italian films to enhance understanding of language andappreciation of cultural differences.0242 ITALIAN 4 HONORS (H) (11, 12) Y 5.0This course is designed for students who have earned a B+ in Italian 3 Honors. Successful completion of this course will prepare these students for APItalian in the senior year. In this course, students will further expand their knowledge and usage of Italian language, culture, history and geography.The emphasis continues on the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as they apply previously learned information as well aslearn more complicated grammatical structures. Reading and writing will include critical analysis of contemporary and classical Italian authors andcontemporary issues and themes. Students will have the opportunity to view at least three classic Italian films to enhance understanding of languageand appreciation of cultural differences.0248 ITALIAN 5 (CP) (12) y 5.0Italian 5 continues to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills using a variety of materials. The emphasis continues to shift fromgrammar and involves more readings, discussions and reflections about Italian culture. Contemporary aspects of the culture will be studied anddiscussed. Students will have the opportunity to view at least three classic Italian films to enhance understanding of language and appreciation ofcultural differences.0245 ITALIAN 5 (H) (12) Y 5.0This course is designed for students who have earned a B in Italian 4 Honors. In this course, students will further expand their knowledge and usage ofItalian language, culture, history and geography. The emphasis continues on the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing asthey apply previously learned information as well as learn advanced grammatical structures. Reading and writing will include critical analysis ofcontemporary and classical Italian author and contemporary issues and themes. Students will have the opportunity to view at least three classic Italianfilms to enhance understanding of language and appreciation of cultural differences.0236 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (H) (12) Y 5.0Course requires summer reading and work in the language as well as a strong commitment from the student. It is the equivalent of a university levelcourse and prepares the students for college placement tests as well as the Italian SAT II’s. It will include listening, speaking, literature, history,geography and writing practice for the AP Exam. (See prerequisite guidelines.)LATIN0216 LATIN I (CP) (9, 10, 11, 12) Y 5.0Latin I begins the Cambridge Latin series with an introduction to the language, culture, traditions and daily life of the ancient Romans living inPompeii and Britain in the 1stcentury A.D. The emphasis is on the reading of Latin but the other language skills of speaking, writing, and listening areincluded as well. By following the life of an actual Pompeian family through readings the students will become familiar with the grammar, syntax, andwritten expression of the Romans and the Latin vocabulary will enable them to make connections between Latin and English and the modern RomanceLanguages. Slides and other realia will help students to visualize the life of the Romans and they will have the opportunity to investigate aspects of theancient culture through quarterly projects.0217 LATIN II (CP) (10, 11, 12) Y 5.0Latin II continues the story begun in Latin I, taking the characters to Alexandria and back to Britain. There will be an ongoing review of first-yeargrammar and the introduction of new grammatical material and the opportunity to develop increasingly sophisticated reading skills. Work on wordderivations is continued to help with English vocabulary building. There is more emphasis placed on reading for comprehension and translating bycontext. Students will investigate the influence of the Roman culture around the world and its impact on life in the modern world.

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