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Course Descriptions

CREATIVE WRITING
Course Number: 2113
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Passing grade in English
 
Creative Writing at CHAMPS Charter High school introduces students to the appreciation and practice of the written word. While this course exposes students to an eclectic array of styles and techniques, its primary focus is the development of a creative and effectively expressive writing practice. Students will develop various facets of writing (voice, tone, character, and plot) and integrate them into their own creative work. Creative Writing at CHAMPS is a focus on communication of the written word in all manner of presentation and expression.
 
 
JOURNALISM
Course Number: 2111
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11 and 12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisites: Passing grade in English
 
Journalism is a year-long course that focuses on print, broadcast, and online media production. Students will learn the process of editorial production which includes researching, interviewing, writing, and editing. Students will determine the newsworthiness of stories and mainstream media’s ethical role in contemporary society.
 
 
POETRY AND PERFORMANCE
Course Number: 
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisites: Passing grade in English
 
Poetry and Performance brings the sound and soul of poetry to life through performance mediums including recitation, music and songwriting, slam poetry, storytelling, spoken word, and the interpretation and delivery of classic poetry. Performance pieces that reflect individual interpretations and approaches are created to demonstrate an understanding the successful tools used by a wide range of classic and contemporary poets.
 
  
ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING
Course Number: 2114
Grade Level: 11, 12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation
 
While this course continues to expose students to an eclectic array of writing styles and techniques, its focus ultimately becomes participation in the creation and editing of the nationally recognized and award-winning The Fish on the Door, a spring semester literary journal designed for school-wide distribution and featuring a variety of literary forms including poetry, short fiction, and original essays. Through an exploration of various approaches and demonstrations of exceptional writing by equally exceptional artists, students will discover their own original voices and use them in the creation of works featured both in the student-edited literary publication as well as the Spring semester production of CHAMPS' annual multimedia performance piece, Mod Op
 
 
ADVANCED JOURNALISM
Course Number:
Grade Level: 11 and 12
Semesters: 2
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation
 
Advanced Journalism is a year-long course that extends the principles learned from Journalism. Students will review the journalistic writing process of gathering newsworthy story ideas, generating pertinent interview questions, conducting professional interviews, eliciting targeted responses and outlining/structuring/writing/revising/editing/fact-checking journalistic articles. Students will be expected to be ready to assume leadership roles in the production of the school news publication. These roles include, but are not limited to: overseeing the production process, appropriately liaising with editors/reporters/photographers/graphic artists, positively mentoring staff members, assigning projects/articles while tracking performance, exhibiting proficiency in MS InDesign in the forms of art direction and layout, updating the advisor of the production processes with regular status updates, managing organized files with production articles while adhering to deadlines using Google Docs, meeting tight deadlines and budget requirements, and fact-checking/proof-reading/copy-editing/final signings-off. In addition, students will be heavily involved in discussions during editorial budget meetings to discuss the current affairs of the school and society at large. Conclusions will be evidenced in both the publication and class assignments.