Course Descriptions

Grade 9:  Communications & Technology Connections

  • Develop a foundation in the basic principles of communications:  functions, communications process, and forms of mass communications
  • Develop and refine keyboarding skills
  • Develop skills in copy writing, reporting, script writing, and editingIMG_1510
  • Explore technical skills in areas such as  desktop publishing, multimedia, photography, graphic design, and video production
  • Study and apply public speaking skills
  • Write and delivder formal and informal speeches and presentations
  • Explore ethical and legal issues in the communications field
  • Explore communications-related careers through guest speakers, field trips, and research

Grade 10:  Communications Writing and Production I

  • Study the historical, structural, ethical, legal, and economic apsects of newspaper and book industries
  • Continue to develop skills in copy writing, reporting, script writing, and editing
  • Write and deliver persuasive speeches and presentations
  • Make presentations with appropriate audir and visual aids
  • Develop technical skills in computer information systems, desktop publishing, multimedia, photography, graphic design,  and audio/video production
  • Continue to explore communications-related careers through guest speakers, field trips, and research

Grade 11:  Communications Writing and Production II

  • Study the historical, structural, ethical, legal, and economic aspects of the television and radio industries
  • Apply skills in copy writing, reporting, script writing, and editing
  • Study models of effective speeches and presentations from American history and literature
  • Write and deliver persuasive speeches and present oral interpretations
  • Apply principles of effective speeches and presentations using appropriate audio and visual aids
  • Study and deliver on-air presentations
  • Continue to develop technical skills in the areas of desktop publishing, multimedia, photography, graphic design, web design, and video production
  • Continue to explore communications-related careers through guest speakers, field trips, and research

 

Grade 12:  Advanced Communications, Writing, Production, and Directed Research

  • Study the historical, structural, ethical, legal, and economic aspects of advertising and the public relations industries
  • Refine skills in copy writing, reporting, script writing, and editing IMG_5295
  • Apply principles of effective speeches and presentations using appropriate audio and visual aids
  • Analyze and evaluate speeches and presentations
  • Write and deliver inspirational and special occasion speeches
  • Learn principles of debate
  • Continue studying and delivering on-air presentations
  • Refine technical skills in the areas of desktop publishing, multimedia, photography, graphic design, web design, and video production
  • Design, produce, and present a variety of communications projects
  • Produce a senior portfolio, and present it to demonstrate synthesis of the skills and concepts learned while attending the Center for Communications and Media Relations
  • Participate in shadowing experiences to research and explore the connections among the academic, business, and communications areas

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