DEBATE 1

Debate I introduces students to the fundamentals of policy debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, public forum debate and Student Congress simulation. The national debate resolutions will be used in the formation of affirmative and negative cases. Students will be expected to debate both affirmative and negative sides of the resolution in class and in extracurricular competition. Students will learn how to create logical, persuasive arguments in a persuasive speaking environment. They are expected to compete once each semester.

 DEBATE 2

Advanced debaters will refine the skills acquired in Debate 1 and will participate in independent collaborative projects, advanced researching activities, and novice mentoring and guidance.

 DEBATE 3

Debate 3 will provide the opportunity for advanced debaters to develop techniques that were refined in Debate 2 through independent research, case preparation, competitive debating, and mentoring of first and second year debaters. Debaters are expected to participate in extracurricular debate at least twice a semester.

 DEBATE 4

Debate 4 will provide the opportunity for advanced debaters to develop techniques that were refined in Debate 3 through independent research, case preparation, competitive debating, and mentoring of first and second year debaters. Debaters are expected to compete in several tournaments and to judge at one tournament.

FORENSICS 1

Forensics 1 is a course designed for students who wish to continue the study of speech and drama, specifically in the area of competitive speaking.  Students will study the following Nebraska State Activities Association competitive events:  oral interpretation of serious and humorous prose, oral interpretation of poetry, duet acting, oral interpretation of drama/group drama, extemporaneous speaking, persuasive speaking, informative speaking, and entertainment speaking.  Forensics 1 students will be required to participate in one competition each semester.

FORENSICS 2

Forensics 2 is a course designed for students who wish to continue the study of speech and drama, specifically in the area of competitive speaking.  Students will study the following Nebraska State Activities Association competitive events:  oral interpretation of serious and humorous prose, oral interpretation of poetry, duet acting, oral interpretation of drama/group drama, extemporaneous speaking, persuasive speaking, informative speaking, and entertainment speaking.  Students will also explore the following National Forensic League event:  Duo interpretation.  Forensics 2 students will be required to participate in three competitions each year (at least one per semester).

FORENSICS 3

Forensics 3 is a course designed for students who wish to continue the study of speech and drama, specifically in the area of competitive speaking.  Students in Forensics 3 will continue to study the following competitive events:  oral interpretation of serious and humorous prose, oral interpretation of poetry, duet acting/duo interpretation, oral interpretation of drama/group drama, extemporaneous speaking, persuasive speaking, informative speaking, and entertainment speaking.  Students will also explore the following collegiate events:  impromptu and program of oral interpretation.  Forensics 3 students will be required to participate in two competitions each semester.

FORENSICS 4

Forensics 4 is a course designed for students who wish to continue the study of speech and drama, specifically in the area of competitive speaking.  Students in Forensics 4 will continue to study the following competitive events:  oral interpretation of serious and humorous prose, oral interpretation of poetry, duet acting/duo interpretation, oral interpretation of drama/group drama, extemporaneous speaking, persuasive speaking, informative speaking, and entertainment speaking.  Students will also explore the following collegiate events:  impromptu and program of oral interpretation.  Forensics 4 students will be required to participate actively in co-curricular competitions throughout the year.

JOURNALISM 1

Journalism 1 is a preparatory class for students wishing to work on the school newspaper or yearbook.  Coursework focuses on defining news, interviewing, writing for publication, editing, capturing photojournalistic images and designing layouts.  The course also includes current events, communication and critical analysis of the mass media.

 JOURNALISM 2 – Newspaper

Publication course that functions as a working newsroom and produces the school newspaper, The Scepter.  The staff is divided into actual working units with the goal of producing the publication.  All students are required to help sell advertisements, as the publication is primarily self-funded.  Coursework may also focus on web publishing and broadcast journalism (dependent upon the size of the newspaper staff).

JOURNALISM 2 – Yearbook

Journalism 2 is a skills application course that focuses on producing the yearbook.  Strong photography and design skills are a plus.   All students are required to help sell advertisements, as the entire publication is self-funded.

MEDIA STUDIES 1

This course is designed to help students explore a variety of media including broadcast, video, audio, Internet, mobile, cross-platform media, and print.  Students will learn about the power of the media and its historical development, current trends, and future innovations. Legal and ethical standards will be introduced as students begin the writing, filming, and editing processes through hands-on opportunities with equipment and software.

MEDIA STUDIES 2

This course is designed to help students explore careers while working together to create projects in a variety of media such as web, broadcast, design, and live-streaming over the Internet.  The emphasis of Media Studies 2 is on collaboration and career exploration.

MEDIA PRODUCTION 1

This course will help students apply their media skills of interviewing, reporting, writing, editing, videography, and design. Students will continue their exploration of media and will focus more intently upon the production process through exploration of a variety of video styles and outlets.  News, sports, short film, commercial, and documentary styles will be explored.  Hands on opportunities with equipment and software will be provided. The emphasis of this course will be to work both independently and collaboratively to create a professional product while meeting deadlines.

MEDIA PRODUCTION 2

This course will help students apply their media skills of interviewing, reporting, writing, editing, videography, design, and live event execution. Students will develop their leadership, directorial, and production skills in this course.  They will serve as production leaders, producers, project managers, and troubleshooters.  The emphasis of this course is to develop leaders who can plan and execute independent projects and coordinate long-term projects.

CREATIVE WRITING 1

Creative Writing 1 is an elective course designed to introduce students to various forms of creative writing and to familiarize students with the writing workshop process.   This course will specifically focus on the writing of short stories and poetry.  Students should be prepared to write daily and keep a semester-long journal.  In addition, students should be prepared to present and share their writing with their peers, read and constructively comment on the work of others, and submit their work for local and Internet publication.  Students will read professional or published examples in each genre.

CREATIVE WRITING 2

Creative Writing 2 is an elective course designed to introduce students to various forms of creative writing and to familiarize students with the writing workshop process.   Students should be prepared to write daily and keep a semester-long journal.  In addition, students should be prepared to present and share their writing with their peers, read and constructively comment on the work of others, and submit their work for local and Internet publication.  Students will read professional or published examples in each genre.