English Electives

These courses do not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

VISUALIZING THE GLOBAL PAST & PRESENT: Using Graphic Novels to Understand Our World - LA140B (LIT GENR)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12

Visualizing the Global Past & Present: Using Graphic Novels to Understand Our World is an interdisciplinary elective that uses film, art, poetry, historical documents, and social commentary to explore the world of yesterday and today.  This class explores issues from the United States, Japan, Germany, Rowanda, Iran, and the Middle East, and topics ranging from ethic conflict to genocide, from migration to war.  We plan to watch films, engage in pressing student-led discussions, produce puppet shows, and use graphic novels as a way of exploring our world.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
AP CAPSTONE SEMINAR - LA142 (APSMNR)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: Any Pre-AP or AP course

The following course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. AP Seminar is the first of two courses in the AP Capstone program. AP Research is the second course.

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
AP CAPSTONE RESEARCH - LA143 (APRES)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: AP Capstone Seminar

The following course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

AP Research, the second course in the AP Capstone experience, allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem or issue of individual interest. Students design, plan, and conduct a yearlong investigation to address a research question. Through this inquiry, they further the skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by learning research methodology, employing ethical research practices, and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information. Students reflect on their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of their scholarly work through a process and reflection portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of approximately 4,000-5,000 words (accompanied by a performance, exhibit or product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGLISH - LA145 (IND ENG)

Credit: .5-1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Completion of English III & teacher approval required

The following course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

The Independent Study in English course will include activities designed for the high achieving student interested in independent research, production of original work in print or another medium, development of a particular skill, and/or the study of a specific area, such as the work of a particular author or genre of interest. If the student and his or her mentor teacher agree to continue study beyond the first semester, the student may complete another semester entitling him or her to 1 full credit.

The student will consult regularly with a WHS mentor teacher during the course of study. Students will be responsible for finding their own mentor teacher.

  • Credit: 1
  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 12
READING IMPROVEMENT I - LA135 (READ 1)

Credit: .5-1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed for high school students who may not be reading at grade level for a number of reasons, including lack of opportunity, and/or reading difficulties. This curriculum is designed for a small class environment. The multisensory lessons are designed to teach reading and listening comprehension strategies (including activating/applying background knowledge, visualizing, questioning, making inferences, close reading, note-taking), English test-taking strategies, vocabulary acquisition, and reading fluency.

  • Credit: 1
  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Language Arts
  • Prerequisite: None
CREATIVE WRITING I - LA136 (CREAT WR)

Credit: .5
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

In this one-semester workshop-style course, students will read, analyze, compose, and edit various types of imaginative writing. We will concentrate on short stories, poems, and essays. Students will study and critique numerous writing samples to better understand the craft of writing and to develop their personal writing styles. Emphasis is placed on the class workshop environment. This will require students to share their work with the entire class, as well as smaller groups. Students will also be encouraged to participate in and submit their work to The Final Draft, WHS’s literary/fine arts magazine.

  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
CREATIVE WRITING II - LA137 (CREAT WR)

Credit: .5
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Creative Writing I or Teacher Approval

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

In this one-semester continuation workshop-style course, students will further strengthen their ability to read, analyze, compose, and edit various types of imaginative writing. We will concentrate on plays, poems, and essays. Students will study and critique numerous writing samples to gain a deeper understanding of the craft of writing and to refine their personal writing styles. Emphasis is placed on the class workshop environment. This will require students to share their work with the entire class, as well as smaller groups. Students will also be encouraged to participate in and submit their work to The Final Draft, WHS’s literary/fine arts magazine, and strongly encouraged to enter various writing competitions.

  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
FINE ARTS MAGAZINE: THE FINAL DRAFT - LA193 (LM1)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

This year-long course allows students to join the staff of The Final Draft, WHS’s award-winning literary and fine arts magazine. Working closely with each other and the faculty advisor, students new to the staff will develop—and returning students will hone—their skills in publishing the magazine. Skills include concept development, design and layout, submission selection and editing, digital photography, marketing strategies, desktop publishing, and the printing process. Students will assume the role of a specific editor, designer, or general member of the staff. The course culminates in the publication in the spring of The Final Draft. Permission of the instructor must be obtained to add or drop the course mid-year.  This course can be taken for multiple years (LA194 for the 2nd year and LA195 for the 3rd year; students wanting a fourth year can can enroll in an independent study course.)

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
PHOTOJOURNALISM A - LA180 (PHOTJOUR)

Credit: .5
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Note: $25.00 materials fee*

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

In this one-semester course, students will learn proper 35mm digital camera usage. Emphasis is placed on shooting a variety of subject matter covering both school and non-school activities. Students will also learn how to edit photos using Photoshop and will write captions for assignments. Additionally, students will be introduced to 35mm film camera usage and have the opportunity to process black and white film and make darkroom enlargements. Students will be encouraged to display and enter their work in Uncommon Space (WHS’s visual media gallery), Westlake’s publications and various contests.

*The materials fee for Photojournalism A & B is required to cover the cost of film, printing paper, and the use of photographic supplies. This fee may be waived by the principal in extenuating circumstances.

  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
PHOTOJOURNALISM B - LA182 (PHOTJOUR)

Credit: .5
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: Photojournalism A
Note: $25.00 materials fee*

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

In this one-semester continuation course, students will advance their knowledge of the history and practice of photography using primarily 35 mm digital cameras. They will shoot a variety of subject matter covering both school and non-school activities. Emphasis is placed on building a photographic portfolio which shows the student’s individual vision. Students will continue using Photoshop for editing and will write captions as directed. Additionally, students may use film cameras and the darkroom for some assignments. Students will be encouraged to display and enter their work in Uncommon Space (WHS’s visual media gallery), high school publications, and various photo contests.

*The materials fee for Photojournalism A & B is required to cover the cost of film, printing paper, and the use of photographic supplies. This fee may be waived by the principal in extenuating circumstances.

  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
JOURNALISM

LA171 (JRNLSM) for work on Yearbook
LA172 (JRNLSM) for work on News Media

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course provides an opportunity for students to learn skills in concept-planning, writing, editing, designing, organization, desktop publishing software and digital photography. From selling ads through preparation of content for the printer, the students assume a role on either the yearbook or news media staff. Journalism students will be in the same class periods as the rest of the staffers. Permission of the instructor must be obtained in order to add the course at mid-year.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
YEARBOOK I - LA152 (YBK1)

Credit: 1
Grade:10-12
Prerequisite: Yearbook Journalism

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

This course provides an opportunity for students to continue to develop skills in concept-planning, writing, editing, designing, organization, desktop publishing software and digital photography. From the financial responsibility through preparation of content for the print, the students assume a role on the yearbook or newspaper staff. The result of the course is the printed yearbook, El Paisano. Yearbook adviser permission must be obtained in order to add or drop the course at mid-year.

Technology credit is available for this course; see the yearbook or newspaper advisers for more information.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
YEARBOOK II - LA156 (YBK2)

Credit: 1
Grade:11-12
Prerequisite: Yearbook I and Yearbook Adviser Approval

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

Students in Yearbook II will continue to use skills learned in Yearbook I. Some students will be expected to hold an editorial position on the staff. In addition, they should be able to work independently and adhere to preset deadlines. Students and parents should realize the added responsibilities mean additional time after school must be devoted to complete tasks and meet deadlines. Yearbook II students must be willing to lead other staff members in the development of the publication in areas such as interviewing, writing, copy editing, photographing, illustrating, designing, distributing and selling yearbooks; commit to the hours necessary outside of class to complete tasks; be willing and able to work closely with peers as a team; and possess good communication skills.

Technology credit is available for this course; see the yearbook or newspaper advisers for more information.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
YEARBOOK III - LA160 (YBK3)

Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: Yearbook II and Yearbook Adviser Approval

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

Students in Yearbook III may be expected to hold an editorial position on the staff. In addition, they should be able to work independently and adhere to preset deadlines. Students and parents should realize the added responsibilities mean additional time after school must be devoted to complete tasks and meet deadlines. Students taking this course must be prepared to meet the same standards of performance outlined in Yearbook II.

Technology credit is available for this course; see the yearbook or newspaper advisers for more information.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 12
NEWS MEDIA I - LA170 (NP1)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: News Media/Newspaper Journalism

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

From planning stories for the high school news magazine, The Featherduster and westlakefeatherduster.com, through interviewing and writing, the student will learn the techniques leading to the production of the publication. While an emphasis is placed on writing, the course also includes photography, videography, design, ad sales and other associated production skills. Students will also use social media such as Instagram to deliver immediate news and sports results to readers.

Technology credit is available for this course; see the yearbook or newspaper advisers for more information.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
NEWS MEDIA II - LA174 (NP2)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: News Media I

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

News Media II is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop more fully their skills as members of The Featherduster staff. Students will lead other staff members in the planning of the publication in the areas of interviewing, writing, copy editing, design, photography, videography, illustration and ad sales. Students will polish their communication and organizational skills while working closely with peers. They may serve as assistant editors or section editors — positions which require an additional commitment of time after school during deadlines. Students will contribute to the print news magazine and westlakefeatherduster.com as well as use social media such as Instagram to deliver immediate news and sports results to readers.

Technology credit is available for this course; see the yearbook or newspaper advisers for more information.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
NEWS MEDIA III - LA178 (NP3)

Credit: 1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: News Media II

News Media III is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop more fully their skills in various aspects of media production. Students taking this course are expected to serve as leaders of The Featherduster staff, either by taking on editor roles or by assuming greater responsibility in areas such as photography, videography, design, reporting, advertising sales, social media or illustration. Staff members may specialize in an area, such as photography, or they may pursue a variety of interests. Students will contribute to the print news magazine and westlakefeatherduster.com as well as use social media such as Instagram to deliver immediate news and sports results to readers. Students and parents should be aware that the added responsibilities mean additional time after school must be devoted in order to complete tasks and meet deadlines.

Technology credit is available for this course; see the yearbook or newspaper advisers for more information.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 12
INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM - LA192 (IND JOUR)

Credit: .5-1
Grade:11-12
Prerequisite: Yearbook I or News Media I, or Photojournalism A or B, AND Teacher Approval

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

In this course students will be required to expand the skills learned in News Media, Yearbook, or Photojournalism. Students will be responsible for conducting research, producing work in both print and audio/visual, and developing more advanced skills.

Technology credit is available for this course; see the yearbook or newspaper advisers for more information.

  • Credit: 1
  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
BROADCAST JOURNALISM - LA197 (BRCTJOUR1)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

This class will focus on writing and reporting well-balanced, comprehensive, and visually compelling stories. Students will research, report, write, shoot, and edit stories. Students will learn how to meet the same deadlines that professional reporters handle. They will develop news, sports, and feature packages for uploading to the student news website and to be distributed to the student body via the Chap Recap. The course will expose students to a variety of media in an effort to prepare them for the reality of modern communication careers.

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
DEBATE I - LA500 (DEBATE 1)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

Students will be introduced to the art of logical argumentation. The student will analyze proposed topics, conduct research to find evidence, and develop informed case positions. Through debate, the student will develop skills in organization, analysis, reasoning, refutation, evaluation, synthesis, and speaking. Because of the emphasis on higher level thinking skills, above-average reading and reasoning skills are incredibly beneficial in this class. Students must attend at least five tournaments throughout the course of the year (at least three tournaments must be attended in the Fall semester). Additionally, team participation dues will be assessed in order to cover the cost of tournament entry fees, judging fees, and necessary materials ($500 per student). Students are also encouraged to attend WHS Speech and Debate Summer Camp (July 31st – August 6th).

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
DEBATE II - LA502 (DEBATE 2)

Credit: 1
Grade:10-12
Prerequisite: Debate I AND teacher approval required

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

Advanced debate theory and practice will be the focus of the course, refining the student’s skills in analysis, research, organization, synthesis, evaluation, and speaking. Students must attend at least five tournaments throughout the course of the year (at least three tournaments must be attended in the Fall semester). Additionally, team participation dues will be assessed in order to cover the cost of tournament entry fees, judging fees, and necessary materials ($500 per student). Students are also encouraged to attend WHS Speech and Debate Summer Camp (July 31st – August 6th).

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
DEBATE III - LA503 (DEBATE 3)

Credit: 1
Grade:11-12
Prerequisite: Debate II AND teacher approval required

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

Advanced debate theory and practice will be the focus of the course, refining the student’s skills in analysis, research, organization, synthesis, evaluation, and speaking. Students must attend at least five tournaments throughout the course of the year (at least three tournaments must be attended in the Fall semester). Additionally, team participation dues will be assessed in order to cover the cost of tournament entry fees, judging fees, and necessary materials ($500 per student). Students are also encouraged to attend WHS Speech and Debate Summer Camp (July 31st – August 6th).

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
ORAL INTERPRETATION I - LA512 (ORALINT1)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite: None

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

This course is an introductory course, with an emphasis on learning how to communicate literature orally before an audience. The student will be introduced to phonetics, speech patterns, creation and correction of dialects, and to an extensive study of rate, pitch and volume. Students must attend at least five tournaments throughout the course of the year (at least three tournaments must be attended in the Fall semester). Additionally, team participation dues will be assessed in order to cover the cost of tournament entry fees, judging fees, and necessary materials ($500 per student). Students are also encouraged to attend WHS Speech and Debate Summer Camp (July 31st – August 6th).

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
ORAL INTERPRETATION II - LA513 (ORALINT2)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: Oral Interpretation I and Teacher Approval

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

This course includes a more in-depth study of the concepts described for Oral Interpretation I. The student will be introduced to dramatic and humorous interpretation and the skills needed for locating, cutting and performing. This course includes further study of literature through performance and encourages the exploration of performance theory and the development of performance texts, including selection, cutting, direction and performance. Students must attend at least five tournaments throughout the course of the year (at least three tournaments must be attended in the Fall semester). Additionally, team participation dues will be assessed in order to cover the cost of tournament entry fees, judging fees, and necessary materials ($500 per student). Students are also encouraged to attend WHS Speech and Debate Summer Camp (July 31st – August 6th).

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
ORAL INTERPRETATION III - LA516 (ORALINT3)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisite: Oral Interpretation II & Teacher Recommendation

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

This course will have an emphasis on preparation and practice in speech and debate competitions. Knowledge of the rules, time limits, and special requirements of all contest events will be required. Students must attend at least five tournaments throughout the course of the year (at least three tournaments must be attended in the Fall semester). Additionally, team participation dues will be assessed in order to cover the cost of tournament entry fees, judging fees, and any necessary materials ($500 per student). Students are also encouraged to attend WHS Speech and Debate Summer Camp (July 31st – August 6th).

  • Credit: 1
  • Elective
  • Fee
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPEECH - LA511 (IND SPCH)

Credit: .5-1
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: 3 successful years of Speech or Debate AND
teacher approval required

This course does not satisfy the Eanes ISD graduation requirements for English.

In this course students will be provided the opportunity to continue their study of speech, debate, public speaking or oral interpretation into the fourth year by planning, organizing, producing, performing, and evaluating a project that enables them to develop advanced skills. Students will be expected to participate in tournament competition and in mentoring other students in the public speaking program.

  • Credit: 1
  • Credit: .5
  • Elective
  • Grade 12