Actor’s Studio

Prerequisite – Drama
1610 – 1/2 Unit

Students must take drama before they may enroll in actor’s studio. This course is one-half unit and lasts one semester. Students concentrate on acting and improving their communication skills. Students perform improvisation and theatre games, act with a partner, develop auditioning skills, write scenes/monologues, and improve voice and diction. Course may be repeated with approval of instructor for a maximum of one unit of credit. Additional repetitions will be considered independent study. Credit may be applied toward the minimum fine arts graduation requirement.

Competitive Speech and Drama, Beginning

Prerequisite – None
1063 – 1/2 Unit – Fall
1064 – 1/2 Unit – Spring

Students prepare for speech performances which may include the following: oral interpretation of prose and poetry, dramatic and humorous interpretation, duo interpretation, duet acting, improvised duet acting, original oratory, informative, impromptu and extem- poraneous speaking (foreign and domestic), Student Congress, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Public Forum Debate. Students will be encouraged to participate in contests. Maximum course cost is $25.00. Credit may be applied toward the minimum fine arts graduation requirement.

Comptitive Speech and Drama, Advanced

Prerequisite – Competitive Speech and Drama, Beginning
1065 – 1/2 Unit

Students will refine performance and speaking skills by preparing and rehearsing the following: oral interpretation of prose and poetry, dramatic and humorous interpretation, duo interpretation, duet acting, improvised duet acting, original oratory, informative, impromptu, and extemporaneous speaking, Student Congress, Lincoln-Douglas debate, and Public Forum debate. Students will be required to participate in more competitive speech contests than students in the standard advanced course, will have additional peer and self-critique assignments, and must prepare and/or compete in events in all three categories (interpretation/drama, public speaking, and debate). Maximum course cost is $25.00. Credit may be applied toward the minimum fine arts graduation requirement. The course may be repeated for credit.

Debate, Novice

Prerequisite – None
1424 – 1/2 unit – Fall
1425 – 1/2 unit – Spring

Skills in the areas of speaking, thinking, organization, research, and writing are emphasized in this course. Students learn to support two or more sides of a controversial question. Beginning students are encouraged to develop leadership, teamwork, cooperation, and dependability in tournament preparation and squad relations. Students have numerous opportunities to use their new skills and are encouraged to participate in debate contests. Minimal after-school work is expected. Course 1425 may be repeated for credit. Students who begin debate during the spring semester will learn and practice the same skills as fall semester students, but will not participate in debate contests. Maximum course cost is $25.00.

Debate, Advanced H

Prerequisite – Debate, Beginning and teacher recommendation
1434 – 1/2 Unit (Fall)

Through the study of argumentation theory, students will develop and refine debate skills of speaking, thinking, organization, research, and writing. Advanced students are expected to demonstrate leadership, teamwork, cooperation, and dependability in tournament preparation and squad relations. All students are required to work after school on a weekly basis and participate in debate contests. Maximum course cost is $25.00. This course may be repeated for credit.

News Media – Digital Production

Prerequisite – 21st Century Journalism
1440 – 1 Unit

This class provides a hands-on experience in writing, designing, and editing student news media outlets. Students have full responsibility for production of content and solicitation of advertising. Students are expected to demonstrate teamwork, cooperation, and dependability; as such after-school work is mandatory. This course may be repeated for credit. Credit may be applied toward the minimum fine arts graduation requirement. With teacher and administrator approval, a student who has not completed 21st Century Journalism may enroll.

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Photo – Digital Producation

Prerequisite – Teacher recommendation
1441 – 1/2 Unit

Students enrolling in this class will learn the techniques needed to provide digital photographs for a variety of media. Students will be required to shoot for the yearbook, newspaper, and website, and will be expected to attend a variety of after-school events. Students will have access to digital cameras. Maximum course cost is $20.00. Credit may be applied toward the minimum fine arts graduation requirement. The course may be repeated for credit.