English 1

C12011 – C12012

Course Fee
This full-year freshman level course is designed to begin the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies for the Communication Arts curriculum. This course is designed for students to meet the 9th grade Common Core State Standards.
Level: 9
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Honors English 1

C120H1 – C120H2

Weighted
Course Fee
This full-year honors freshman level course is designed to begin the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies for the Communication Arts Honors strand. This course is designed for students to meet the 9th grade Common Core State Standards. Summer reading assignment required. The assignment will be available online starting in May. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 9
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

English 2

C17011 – C17012

Course Fee
This full year sophomore level course is designed to continue the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies begun in English 1. This course is designed for students to meet the 10th grade Common Core State Standards.
Level: 10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 1

Honors English 2

C170H1 – C170H2

Weighted
Course Fee
This full-year sophomore level course is designed to continue the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies begun in Honors English 1. Due to the academic rigor of the course, students should be independent, self-motivated learners who manipulate language with ease when writing and who read challenging works with interest and insight. This course is designed for students to meet the 10th grade Common Core State Standards. Summer reading assignment required. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: Honors English 1 or English 1

English 2 : Journalism

C19011 – C19012

Course Fee
This full-year sophomore level course is designed to continue the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies begun in English 1. This course is designed to meet the 10th grade Common Core State Standards by exploring content through a journalistic lens.
Level: 10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 1

Honors English 2: Journalism

C190H1 – C190H2

Weighted
Course Fee
This full-year sophomore level course is designed to continue the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies begun in English 1. This course is designed to meet the 10th grade Common Core State Standards by exploring content through a journalistic lens. Due to the academic rigor of the course, students should be motivated, independent learners who manipulate language with ease when writing and read challenging works with interest and insight. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 10
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: Honors English 1 or English 1

Speech Communication

C20011, C20012

This course begins with students studying the components of communication including elements such as verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, and perception. In the public speaking units (narrative, group, informative, and persuasive), students begin by drawing information from their own experiences to connect to their audience. Next, students learn and practice skills that impact communication in small group decision-making and problem-solving situations. Finally, students progress to researching and organizing information from outside sources to develop a cohesive focus and persuasive approaches. Students’ work is assessed on the basis of both oral and written performance in the course, and students will participate in self-assessment of their speeches as well as provide formal, written feedback for peers, with a focus on rhetorical analysis.
Level: 10,11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 1

English 3

C25011 – C25012

Course Fee
This full-year junior level course is designed to continue the reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing strategies begun in English 2/English 2: Journalism. This class is designed for students to meet the 11th grade Common Core State Standards.
Level: 11
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 2 or English 2: Journalism

Honors English 3

C250H1 – C250H2

Weighted
Course Fee
This full-year junior level course is designed to continue the reading, speaking, listening, writing, and viewing strategies begun in Honors English 2 and Honors English 2: Journalism. Due to the academic rigor of the course, students should be independent, self-motivated learners who manipulate language with ease when writing and who read challenging works with interest and insight. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment. This course is designed for students to meet the 11th grade Common Core State Standards. Students may not take both Honors English 3 and AP Language and Composition. – Teacher Recommendation Required.
Level: 11
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 2 or Honors English 2 or English 2: Journalism or Honors English 2:Journalism

American Studies

C27011 – C27012

Course Fee
This full-year, interdisciplinary, team-taught course traces the development of major American literary movements and places them within the context of United States history. The course is organized around themes and essential questions, allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of important literary and historical issues. Students will examine the changing role of the individual while tracing the development of American ideals and institutions. Strong reading and writing skills are needed. The class will be taught in a two-hour block and meets the requirements for a Communication Arts credit as well as the US History requirement for graduation. Students must enroll in American Studies (T59011-T59012) listed under the Social Studies department to fulfill the block. Students are required to enroll in both semesters.
Level: 11
Full-Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 2 or English 2: Journalism

AP Language & Composition

C280A1 – C280A2

Weighted
Course Fee
This full-year course is for students who have excellent skills in writing, reading, and analysis, and a strong enthusiasm for the communication arts. This course will emphasize all areas of communication, including literary readings, both formal and informal types of writings, and oral work. In addition, this course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam and will focus on close reading of nonfiction texts using rhetorical analysis, synthesis, and argument. This course is also designed for students to meet the 11th grade Common Core State Standards. Summer reading assignment required. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 11
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 2 or Honors English 2 or English 2: Journalism or Honors English 2:Journalism

Blended AP Language & Composition (NCHS only)

C280N1 – C280N2

Weighted
Course Fee
This full-year course is for students who have excellent skills in writing, reading, and analysis, and a strong enthusiasm for the communication arts. This course will emphasize all areas of communication, including literary readings, both formal and informal types of writings, and oral work. In addition, this course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam and will focus on close reading of nonfiction texts using rhetorical analysis, synthesis, and argument. This course is also designed for students to meet the 11th grade Common Core State Standards. Summer reading assignment required. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 11
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 2 or Honors English 2 or English 2: Journalism or Honors English 2:Journalism

Writing Styles & Forms

C34011, C34012

Course Fee
In this semester course, students will study the craft of writing and then apply the skills learned to their own written products. Students who are college bound but may require more writing experience should enroll in this course. Students will write in many forms, including narration, description, exposition, and analysis. In addition, sentence patterns, grammar, usage, and vocabulary in the context of students’ written work will be addressed.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Senior Rhetoric

C37011, C37012

Course Fee
This semester course focuses on providing students with a stronger foundation in communication process, principle, and purpose. Emphasis will be on the various ways writing can communicate self, meaning, and intent. Students will learn to establish ownership of their writing through instruction in voice, audience, and style. Students will also learn how to select the appropriate written form for the given purpose, identify individual strengths and weaknesses, and establish a writing philosophy that will be appropriate to their future needs.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Blended Senior Rhetoric (NCHS only)

C370N1, C370N2

Course Fee
This semester course focuses on providing students with a stronger foundation in communication process, principle, and purpose. Emphasis will be on the various ways writing can communicate self, meaning, and intent. Students will learn to establish ownership of their writing through instruction in voice, audience, and style. Students will also learn how to select the appropriate written form for the given purpose, identify individual strengths and weaknesses, and establish a writing philosophy that will be appropriate to their future needs.This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Honors Senior Rhetoric

C370H1, C370H2

Weighted
Course Fee
This semester course is for students who want to move from writing with confidence and competence to writing with depth, style, sophistication and authority. The course is designed for motivated, college-bound writers. Students will learn the writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills necessary to help them communicate learning gained from exploring intellectually demanding topics. Students will undertake a series of essays including, but not limited to, a personal essay (college essay/personal statement) and an essay research project of their own choosing. Students will read a variety of texts with an emphasis on analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and interpretation. – Teacher Recommendation Required.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Creative Writing

C39011, C39012

Course Fee
This semester course is a composition course for students who have no major mechanical or organizational problems and who have the fluency, talent, and desire to improve their writing techniques in the expressive mode. Much of the class is conducted in the form of a writer’s workshop in which students share their work for audience response. The class requires regular sharing of work and frequent revision. Writers will be encouraged to revise their best work and offer it to school and national publications. May be used for Fine Arts credit.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

20th Century Literature

C40011, C40012 (Both semesters NNHS)

C40012 (Second semester NCHS)

Course Fee
This semester course emphasizes influential American voices of the 20th Century and their articulation of the American Dream. Students will develop the ability to find, construct, and articulate meaningful connections from texts to self, to other texts, and to the wider world. The course integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening. The readings include a variety of genres and authors.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

English Literature

C410W1, C410W2

Weighted
Course Fee
This semester course is a study of representative English authors designed to develop students’ abilities to understand and appreciate the major literary works of British Literature. The course follows both a chronological and thematic approach, offering a historical as well as a literary perspective. Students demonstrate their understanding through a variety of assessments, both oral and written. Summer reading assignment required. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Traditions in Communication

C42011 – C42012

Course Fee
This full-year course is framed around the study of the four traditions in literature and the arts. Two traditions will be studied per semester. The first semester: The Epic Tradition and The Comic Tradition. The second semester: The Tragic Tradition and the Lyric Tradition. Each unit will include reading both classic and contemporary literature, informal and/or formal writing, which includes the college essay/ personal statement, film study, researched-based presentations, and the study of other art forms.
Level: 12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Themes in Western Literature & Art

C435W1, C435W2

Weighted
Course Fee
This semester course includes a chronological survey of major written works of Western Civilization, both literary and philosophical. The analysis of these writings is supplemented with the study of painting, sculpture, architecture, and music. The study of themes, research essays, and visual art projects allow students to understand the interrelationships of these complimentary art forms as a means to evaluate contemporary culture. Summer reading assignment required. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. May be used for Fine Arts credit. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

World Literature

C45011, C45012 (Both semesters NNHS)

C45012 (Second semester NCHS)

Course Fee
This semester course is a guided study of literary genres that provides students greater opportunities to analyze literature from a more global perspective. This course will provide students with the opportunity to experience and incorporate all strands of literacy: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Viewing, and Acquiring Information as they examine how culture impacts the way people express themselves. This course qualifies for the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Online African American Literature

C455M1, C455M2

This course provides a historical overview of African-American literature, from Frederick Douglass’ slave narrative to contemporary hip-hop music. Students will examine the importance of literacy, story craft, and social responsibility in the African-American literary tradition. Course materials include poetry, drama, non-fiction, novels, film and music.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Literary Themes

C46011, C46012

Course Fee
This semester course allows senior readers to design, with the advice and consent of the instructor, their individual course of literature study. The instructor evaluates students’ reading skills and literary analysis in a variety of assessments, both written and oral. Students who take this course should be prepared to work independently in a self-directed manner.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Blended Literary Themes

C460N1, C460N2

Course Fee
This semester course allows senior readers to design, with the advice and consent of the instructor, their individual course of literature study. The instructor evaluates students’ reading skills and literary analysis in a variety of assessments, both written and oral. Students who take this course should be prepared to work independently in a self-directed manner. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

AP Literature & Composition

C480A1 – C480A2

Weighted
Course Fee
This full year course is appropriate for students who have demonstrated strong aptitude in communication arts skills. Students should display an enthusiasm for reading and discussing literature, proficiency when examining artistic and philosophical questions related to literary studies, and an interest in writing about literature in a variety of formats. The course will provide a study of world literature with a focus on a variety of genres, including poetry, drama, novels, and short stories. Students will learn to enhance their abilities to derive meaning from the text, to explore diverse literary styles, and to develop more sophisticated responses to literature. Some attention will be given to expectations for the Advanced Placement Literature examination. Summer reading assignment required. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 3, Honors English 3, AP Language, or American Studies

Yearbook Production

C49011 – C49012

Course Fee
Yearbook Production is designed for students who are staff members of the yearbook. Students will work on a daily basis to produce the school yearbook. Focus will be on reporting, writing, photography, and computer use. This course may be repeated for credit with the approval of the instructor. At Central, Students interested in applying for staff positions must complete an application and interview. Applications are available in December for the following school year. Placement at NCHS
Level: 9,10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00

Advanced Media Lab

C50511 – C50512

Course Fee
Students will report, write, edit, and prepare copy for multimedia news production. Advanced Media Lab focuses on skill development and innovation in journalism. Students who want to be considered for the main editors of the North Star news, features, sports, arts and entertainment, photography, business, advertising, and editor-in-chief. MUST enroll in this class. Applications for editorships are distributed in late April. This course may be taken for just one semester, but it is recommended that students choose to take it both semesters. The consent of the Journalism instructor is required if students have not taken English 2: Journalism or Honors English 2: Journalism. Students may take this course in the second semester of grade 10 only if they successfully complete the first semester of English 2: Journalism or Honors English 2: Journalism.
Level: 10,11,12
Full Year Course
Credit: 1.00
Pre Req’s: English 2: Journalism or Honors English 2: Journalism

Advanced Speech

C53012

Course Fee
This semester course is designed for upper level students who are interested in learning to employ their skills in various areas of public address, group process, critical listening, and creative speech performance. Students will also study theories of persuasion and logical argumentation in personal and public speaking situations. The course should be of particular interest to the college-bound student who anticipates professional training (law, business, teaching, social service, etc.).
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Mass Media

C56011, C56012

This semester course introduces students to the forms of communication that reach millions of people: photography, newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the internet. Students look at the historical development of each artistic medium, observing how technology has influenced and changed each medium along with the masses “massaged by the media.” Required writing may include reaction journals and media reviews. Group discussion and critical thinking are highly emphasized, as students are encouraged to become active consumers of media.
Level: 12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: English 3 or American Studies

Film as Literature

C57011, C57012

Course Fee
In this semester course, students will study feature-length films to learn how film records and shapes the perception of the viewing public. Students will be expected to think critically about films, analyzing them for their content as well as their visual delivery. In addition, student will respond to viewing through a variety of assessments such as journal writing, film reviews, and reaction writings. By applying class-acquired knowledge about script structure, frame composition, and genre details, students will create an original film product. May be used for Fine Arts credit.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50

Film Production

C58012

Course Fee
This semester course will provide students with greater opportunities to apply knowledge of creative storytelling techniques garnered in Film as Literature or Film and Video Arts courses to the process of film production. Students will engage in more in-depth experiences with pre-production, production, and post-production aspects of film making, as well as consider essential aspects of audience and purpose. Film products in this class may be geared toward audiences beyond the classroom. Students who enroll in this class will be expected to author original content and create authentic films. May be used for Fine Arts credit.
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Film as Literature or Film & Video Arts

Newspaper Production (NCHS only)

C59011, C59012

Course Fee
Newspaper Production is designed for students who are staff members and editors of the Central Times newspaper. Students will work together on a daily basis to produce the school paper. Focus will be on writing news, feature, and sports stories as well as writing editorials and columns. During the class period, students will layout and design the newspaper and produce appropriate graphics and photographs. In addition, students will sell and design advertising and prepare the copy for printing. This course may be repeated for credit with the approval of the adviser. – Teacher Recommendation Required
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50
Pre Req’s: Honors: English 2 Journalism /English 2 and Consent of Instructor

Humanities Capstone-Blended Learning

C980N1, C980N2

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to fulfill a self-directed inquiry into any aspect of the Communication Arts curriculum. This course will require a sophisticated, college ready use of core standards in making a claim, analytical research, synthesis of resources, and supporting arguments. Students will select and design a course of study in conjunction with a mentoring teacher who will facilitate the production of a final thesis product. Final products can be self-designed as papers, documentaries, galleries, service projects, oral histories, etc. Depending on the student project, this course may also be weighted. This will be determined by the Instructional Coordinator. This blended learning course integrates traditional face-to-face learning and online independent learning components.– IC Approval
Level: 11,12
Semester Course
Credit: 0.50