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Grade Course Listings Section 1
Visual Arts Page 1
Health Page 6
Language Arts Page 6
Arts (Visual Arts)
Art 1
0101
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be introduced to several media and techniques of art such as drawing, painting,
printmaking, calligraphy, sculpture, and computer graphics. The elements and principles of
design will be emphasized and students will study various art movements, artists, artworks, and
cultures. This course is also offered to 7th and 8th graders.
Art 2
0102
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Art 1 or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will further develop skills by creating art using a variety of media and techniques such
as drawing, painting, printmaking, calligraphy, sculpture, computer graphics, and the intentional
selection of elements and principles of design to communicate an idea. Visual literacy and
perception skills will continue to develop with the historical and cultural learning of art.
Art 3
0103
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Art 1 and 2 or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will demonstrate a higher level of sophistication and accomplishment using more
advanced techniques and media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, calligraphy, sculpture,
computer graphics, the intentional selection of elements and principles of design, and historical
and cultural knowledge of art to communicate an idea or emotion creatively through art.
Ceramics 1
0141
(Concurrent credit may be available)
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None; priority placement given to juniors and seniors
Content: Students will develop skills while working with a variety of techniques of hand-forming objects
from clay such as pinch, coil, slab, drape, and an introduction to wheel-throwing. Students will
also develop skills using a variety of glaze applications and demonstrate knowledge of
terminology and history of clay processes.
Ceramics 2
0142
(Concurrent credit may be available)
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Ceramics 1
Content: Students will continue to develop skills while working with a variety of ceramic techniques.
These include coil, slab, drape, pinch and wheel-throwing. They will learn new decorating
techniques and firing processes. Students will also work with experimental approaches to
creating artwork.
Ceramics 3
0143
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Ceramics 1 and 2 or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will expand their ceramics knowledge in more advanced technical skills while working
with a variety of ceramic techniques. Students will learn a deeper history of ceramics, develop a
portfolio, build a series of pieces and work to develop an expressive voice. Students will also
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gain an understanding in experimental approaches to creating artwork that becomes a unique
signature of the students’ ability level.
Ceramics 4
0144
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Ceramics 1, 2 & 3 or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will demonstrate a more sophisticated level of mastery in creating sculptural and
functional ceramic artworks. Refining techniques and production of unique constructions are
emphasized as surface enhancements, combination structures, and glazing techniques are
emphasized. Students will continue to expand portfolio of work and have opportunities to
exhibit work in public places
Ceramics 5 & 6
0145, 1046
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course (each)
Prerequisite: Ceramics 1, 2, 3, & 4 or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will continue to gain a mastery of wheel and hand-building techniques and learn the
procedures of assisting in clay studio management. Mixing of glazes, loading kilns, operation
of pugmill and assisting with exhibits are part of the curriculum. Exploration of alternative firing
techniques and glaze charting will be presented. Portfolios will continue to be expanded and
opportunities for individual exhibitions will be available.
Commercial Art 1
0161
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Multi-Media Design or Drawing 1
Content: Students will learn basic lettering, layout, design and poster production. Logo and advertising
design will be studied using a variety of tools including the computer. Various art styles,
including cartooning and illustration techniques, are explored for impact on the commercial
industry. Historical and contemporary printing processes are studied and computer software is
introduced to develop layouts and design. An emphasis on career development opportunities is
also presented.
Commercial Art 2
0162
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Commercial Art 1
Content: Students will study lettering, layout and design, and other studio skills such as printmaking, and
computer graphics as they continue studying various illustration styles and learn of career
possibilities. Product label design, package layouts, and logo design skills will be emphasized.
Portfolios of work will be created and opportunities for exhibiting completed projects will be
provided.
Creative Crafts 1
0111
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will develop skills while working with a variety of techniques and media such as
ceramics, fibers, jewelry, mosaics, etc. They will recognize and demonstrate a working
knowledge of the elements and principles of design and learn about cultural and historical
significance of media and techniques. This course is also offered to 8th graders.
Creative Crafts 2
0112
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Creative Crafts 1
Content: Students will demonstrate a higher level of sophistication and accomplishment using more
advanced techniques while working with media such as ceramics, fibers, jewelry, mosaics, etc.
They will recognize and demonstrate a working knowledge of the elements and principles of
design and learn about cultural and historical significance of media and techniques. This
course is also offered to 8th graders.
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Creative Crafts 3
0113
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Creative Crafts 1 and 2 or Instructor Approval
Content: Student’s individual talent, ability and interest will be further developed by using more
sophisticated methods in ceramics, sculpture, leather, fibers, jewelry and mosaics.
Drawing 1
0131
(Concurrent credit may be available)
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will focus on drawing techniques, design, composition, and developing skill in creating
a finished piece of work. They will experiment with a variety of drawing media and surfaces.
Emphasis is on the ability to express creative ideas in visual form.
Drawing 2, 3, 4 0132,
0133, 0134
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course (Each)
Prerequisite: Multi-Media Design or Drawing 1
Content: Students will use a variety of methods and materials to further explore the elements and
principles of art as they relate to drawing. Drawing from the illustrative point of view with an
emphasis on technical skill as well as creative ability is stressed. Originality of artwork and
style is developed with an emphasis on content. Media used will be ink, ink wash, pencil,
pastels, colored pencils, charcoal, and mixed media. A portfolio of artwork will be created with
opportunities to display work in public facilities.
Multi-Media Design
0150
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will explore a wide variety of mediums and learn techniques for creating two and three
dimensional designs in art. Elements and principles of art will be taught as students learn the
historical and cultural components that exemplify the media studied. Sample projects may
include, but are not limited to: collage, painting, printmaking, jewelry-making, drawing, scratch-
art, sculpture, and fiber art.
Painting 1
0151
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Content: Students will experiment with various techniques and mixed media as they explore composition
in art. This course emphasizes color theory, textural grounds in composition, and application of
the elements and principles of design. Color mixing in transparent and opaque mediums will be
practiced. Some of these can include oil, acrylic, watercolor, dye, inks, tempera, medium
applications. A portfolio of student progress will be kept and opportunities to display finished
pieces in public facilities will also be provided.
Painting 2, 3, 4 0152,
0153, 0154
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course (Each)
Prerequisite: Painting 1, Instructor Approval
Content: Students will develop individual painting techniques including more in-depth painting
experimentation with opportunities for advancing in both transparent and opaque painting.
Advanced painting curriculum offers the student opportunities to explore alternative painting
styles in realism, abstractionism, expressionism, cubism, surrealism and impressionism.
Techniques such as collage, assemblage, batik, and mixed media methods will also be
available. Thematic styles and production are emphasized as students work to develop their
own voice in visual expression. Portfolios are created with many opportunities for exhibiting
work in public places.
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Studio Design/Art Drawing, Advanced Placement®
0190
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course (2 semesters)
Prerequisite: Commercial Art, Drawing 2-4, Painting 2-4 or Instructor Approval
Content: This course prepares students for the AP® Studio Design/Art College Board portfolio
examination. Students will develop portfolios to demonstrate their knowledge of selected areas
in the discipline of drawing and/or painting styles. Areas to be covered will include light source
and shade, line quality, textures, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation and
illusion of depth. Concepts of design will also be integrated along with elements and principles
of art. These will be submitted by portfolio for assessment in breadth of understanding as well
as concentration of drawing and/or painting strategies and creativity.
Studio Design/Art - 2D Design, Advanced Placement®
0192
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course (2 semesters)
Prerequisite: Commercial Art or Painting 1-2, 3-4, or Drawing 2-3, and Instructor Approval
Content: This course prepares students for the A Studio Design/Art College Board portfolio
examination. Students will develop portfolios to demonstrate their knowledge of selected
approaches in the discipline of 2-D design. Content areas will include compositional studies in
line, shape, form, illusion of motion and space, pattern, texture, value and color. Students will
be asked to demonstrate these concepts using such forms as graphic design, typography,
photography, printmaking, and mixed media. Artwork demonstrating specific areas of
concentration and breadth of understanding are submitted as a portfolio for AP assessment.
Studio Design/Art - 3D Design, Advanced Placement®
0194
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course (2 semesters)
Prerequisite: Ceramics 2, 3, or 4, and Instructor Approval
Content: This course prepares students for the AP® Studio Design/Art College Board portfolio
examination. Students will develop “Ceramic Portfolios” to demonstrate their knowledge of a
variety of ceramic constructions and glazing applications. Both wheel forming and hand-
building of ceramic artworks will be created. Advanced knowledge in developing a variety of
functional and sculptural artworks in clay bodies will be studied in depth. A concentration of
experimental approaches in various firing techniques and glaze applications will be developed
through independent charting and time logs. Decoration techniques and surface manipulations
will also be encouraged as students develop a unique style of self-expression. Slides, as well
as original pieces must be submitted for portfolio assessment for this art discipline.
Art History, Advanced Placement®
0191
(Course may be transferable to college credit)
Open to: 11,12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will investigate 250 works of art, the processes of art making and responses to art.
Through research, reading, writing and discussion, students will become active participants in
the global world of art and gain appreciation for all art . This course prepares students for the
AP® Art History College Board examination.
Beginning Photography 1
0121
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will be introduced to the history and workings of the camera, equipment, and
procedures used in developing and printing of film. Students will explore creative ways to
communicate through photographic compositions and special techniques of developing and
printing.
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Beginning Photography 2
0122
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Beginning Photography 1 or Instructor Approval
Content: Students will advance from Beginning Photography I and focus on depth of study of the
camera, equipment, and procedures used in developing and printing of film. Students will
further explore creative ways to communicate through photographic compositions and special
techniques of developing and printing.
Photography 1
0124
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: An introductory course in the fundamentals of photography and the medium as a means of
visual expression, student will learn how to control light by exploring the very first photographic
processes through hands-on darkroom work. Students will learn how a 35 mm film camera
works and begin learning how that information transfers into working with a digital
camera. Students will utilize aperture and shutter speeds while learning camera care,
operation and maintenance. Mounting and displaying artwork will be emphasized. College
credit may be available.
Photography 2
0125
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Photography 1 or Instructor Approval
Content: Photography 2 is the first of the advanced photo courses. Students will explore advanced film
exposure, printmaking methods and chemical print manipulations. Students will continue
incorporating the art elements and principles by exploring composition, available light advanced
action photography, portraiture and an introduction to digital imaging. Students will utilized a
bed/negative scanner and/or digital camera to demonstrate basic skills in Adobe Photoshop, or
other imaging software, and produce quality digital prints. Students will utilize spotting,
mounting and displaying final prints, as well as producing a final portfolio.
Photography 3
0126
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Photography 2 or Instructor Approval
Content: Photography 3 is an advanced course that offers the student experience using various film
types, advanced alternative photography and various camera formats relating to the
commercial photography industry. Students will explore fine art portraiture, basic studio lighting
techniques and color principles through means of digital imaging and Adobe Photoshop, or
other imaging software. Students will be expected to mat or frame final artworks and create a
final print portfolio, resume and artist statement.
Photography 4
0127
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Photography 3 or Instructor Approval
Content: Photography 4 is an advanced course that offers the student experience taking studio
photographs, creating advertising media with their own photographs and control exposures
using variety of film formats. Students will explore advanced color principles, production,
evaluation and correction of color printing. Students will demonstrate proficiency in using
image manipulation programs, controlling exposures using a digital camera and control print
quality, including large format. Students will be expected to mat or frame final artworks, create
a resume, artist statement and a final digital print portfolio.
Photography 5
0128
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Photography 4 or Instructor Approval
Content: Photography 5 is an advanced course in which the student will produce professional
photographic prints, fine tune film exposure, create an individual imagery style and mount an
exhibition of their photographs. Students are expected to work independently. Students will
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also create a marketable product by utilizing imaging technology and reproducing photographic
media. Students will be expected to research and comprehend the photography market and
the technology as used in industry standards. Students will explore employability skills,
conduct a job search, write a resume and create an electronic portfolio.
Photography 6
0129
Open to: 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Photography 5 or Instructor Approval
Content: Photography 6 is an advanced course in which the student will explore advertising media, work,
extensively in both studio and other environments, and explore career pathways via internet.
Students will research entrepreneurship and comprehend how photographic imaging relates to
career pathways including printing, graphic arts and journalism. Students will participate in an
internship, co-op training or observation within the professional photographic or graphics
industry that offers the student experience using various film types, advanced alternative
photography and various camera formats relating to the commercial photography industry.
Students will create a final professional portfolio, update their resume and artist statement, and
include a letter of recommendation.
HEALTH EDUCATION
Health Education
0511
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will study the wellness concept and social issues confronting young men and women.
Wellness, mental/emotional health, aging, death and dying, consumer health, family living,
substance use/abuse, suicide, child abuse, nutrition/fitness, disease, STD’s, HIV/AIDS, CPR,
first aid and environmental issues will be covered. Activities will include reading/writing skills,
cooperative learning, problem solving, individualized research and interaction with guest
speakers.
LANGUAGE ARTS
Capstone - Seminar, Advanced Placement®
0766
Open to: 10, 11 One Year Course (Pilot Boise High)
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: The AP Seminar (the first course of the AP Capstone Program that complements and enhances
discipline-specific AP courses) immerses high school students in the challenging practice of
critical skills the students need in the academic world. The ability to think independently, write
effectively, research, collaborate, and learn across disciplines is essential for success in college
and beyond. Students will be involved in a project that includes individual research & reflection,
a written team report, and a team multimedia presentation. This course prepares students for
the AP test which consists of three parts: first, students read a single course document and
respond to three questions about its content; second, students read two source documents and
evaluate these sources’ respective arguments; third, students read four source documents,
identify a thematic connection among them, and develop their own argument based on that
connection. Success on the AP® examination may result in transferable college credit.
Creative Communications 1 (ELL Language Academy Only)
9027
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course; may be repeated once
Prerequisite: Speech, Speech 2
Content: Students will explore more advanced structures of the English language through oral
presentations, readings and structured practice. This course is designed for English Language
Learners and offered at the ELL Language Academy.
Creative Communications 2 (ELL Language Academy Only)
9028
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Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course; may be repeated once
Prerequisite: Speech, Speech 2, Creative Communications 1
Content: Students will explore more advanced structures of the English language through oral
presentations, readings and structured practice. This course is designed for English Language
Learners and offered at the ELL Language Academy.
Creative Writing (Junior High Level)
0723
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor approval
Content: Students will explore writing poetry and prose. Originality in expressing ideas will be
emphasized, and an opportunity to experiment with a variety of genres, points of view and
narrative styles will be provided.
Creative Writing 1 (Senior High Level)
0724
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: The course will provide students intensive exposure to and practice with the crafting of fiction
and non-fiction narrative, poems, writing workshops, peer review, editing and revising.
Students will explore the major elements of narrative writing such as characterization, conflict,
dialogue, narration, setting, point of view, theme, voice and style-as well as the fundamental
components of poetry and the essay. Students will understand and use the steps of the writing
process
Creative Writing 2 (Senior High Level)
0735
Open to: 11, 12 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: The course will further develop students’ narrative skills as they work toward crafting longer
pieces of fiction, poetry, and “in-process” pieces. They will help create guidelines for writing
workshops and lead Creative Writing 1 students in peer revision and editing groups. With
teacher approval, they may be considered for editorial work on Valley Visions, the district-wide
literary/art magazine.
Creative Writing 3 (Senior High Level)
0737
Open to: 11, 12 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: The course will further develop students’ writing skills in all of the areas covered in courses 1
and 2 and includes a student-driven independent study/project component, student writing
mentoring, and editorial work (with teacher approval) for Valley Visions, the district-wide
literary/art magazine.
Critical Reading & Writing
0714
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Critical Reading and Writing develops the skills required for success in both online and face-to-
face learning environments. Once orientated to the online learning environment, students will
utilize online tools such as discussion forums, databases, wikis, and web 2.0 tools to develop
the critical reading and writing skills required for academic success. The inclusion of SAT
vocabulary, text, and writing prompts throughout the course will help ensure the preparation of
college-ready students.
Critical Reading & Writing 2 (Bridge Only)
9020
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Critical Reading & Writing
Content: Students needing additional instruction in the English language will focus on advanced
beginning reading and writing skills. Vocabulary, grammatical structure and comprehension will
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be emphasized. This course is designed for English Language Learners and offered at the
Boise Language Academy.
Debate 1
0753
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will study and prepare for speech and debate tournaments through research,
discussion and debate theory and practice. Students will investigate issues in current events,
history and philosophy as they relate to national speech and debate topics. Various styles of
debate and competitive speech are covered. One semester satisfies the Speech graduation
requirement.
Debate 2, 3
0754, 0755
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Debate 1, Instructor/Counselor approval
Content: Students will be expected to perform with greater fluency and with increased sophistication in
argumentation and greater depth of analysis, both in class and at tournaments. Advanced
debate theory, philosophy, current events and history will be presented, analyzed and applied.
English 9
0709
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Content: Students will apply strategies of writing, as well as appreciation and understanding of literary
and informational texts. Students will participate in critical reading, writing, and thinking tasks
on a variety of texts, including the study of language in regard to the meaning and nuance of
words. Students will participate in an advanced curriculum enhanced with critical thinking skills,
independent study projects, varied research skills and advanced writing tasks. Students will be
expected to participate in ongoing classroom dialogue and exploration of the essential
questions.
English 9, Accelerated
0710
Open to: 9 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Student must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: Students will apply strategies of writing, as well as appreciation and understanding of literary
and informational texts. Students will participate in critical reading, writing, and thinking tasks
on a variety of texts, including the study of language in regard to the meaning and nuance of
words. Students will participate in an advanced curriculum enhanced with critical thinking skills,
independent study projects, varied research skills and advanced writing tasks. Students will be
expected to participate in ongoing classroom dialogue and exploration of the essential
questions.
English 9, Intensive (PILOT) (Frank Church ONLY)
0772
Open to: 9 One Year Course (delivered in an 83 minute block format)
Prerequisite: English 8
Content: This course meets the requirements of English 9 while providing strategic reading
comprehension support, vocabulary development, and literary analysis skills and essay
strategies. Students will apply strategies of writing, as well as appreciation and understanding
of literary and informational texts. Students will participate in critical reading, writing, and
thinking tasks on a variety of texts, including the study of language in regard to the meaning
and nuance of words. Students will participate in a curriculum enhanced with critical thinking
skills, independent study projects, varied research skills and advanced writing tasks. Students
will be expected to participate in ongoing classroom dialogue and exploration of the essential
questions.
English 10
0721
Open to: 10 One Year Course
Prerequisite: English 9
9
Content: Student learning will focus on a curriculum that includes the acquisition and mastery of critical
thinking, reading and writing skills. Students will read a variety of texts including novels, short
stories, plays, poems, informational articles, literary non-fiction, argument, visual, and audio-
visual texts. Student essays will focus on argument, literary analysis, informational writing and
research.
English 10, Accelerated
0722
Open to: 10 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: Student learning will focus on an advanced curriculum that includes the acquisition and mastery
of critical thinking, reading and writing skills. Students will read a variety of texts including
novels, short stories, plays, poems, informational articles, literary non-fiction, argument, visual,
and audio-visual texts. Student essays will focus on argument, literary analysis, informational
writing and research.
English 10, Intensive (PILOT) (Frank Church ONLY)
0773
Open to: 10 One Year Course (delivered in an 83 minute block format)
Prerequisite: English 9
Content: This course meets the requirements of English 10 while providing strategic reading
comprehension support, vocabulary development, and literary analysis skills and essay
strategies. Student learning will focus on a curriculum that includes the acquisition and mastery
of critical thinking, reading and writing skills. Students will read a variety of texts including
novels, short stories, plays, poems, informational articles, literary non-fiction, argument, visual,
and audio-visual texts. Student essays will focus on argument, literary analysis, informational
writing and research.
English 11
0725
Open to: 11 One Year Course
Prerequisite: English 10
Content: Students will study American Literature, as well as other perspectives, to obtain a greater
understanding of the American character, identifying recurring themes and applying them to
their own lives. Literary movements (with brief historical backgrounds) will be introduced as
they relate to the literature studied. Instruction will include informative and explanatory writing
and research
Language/Composition, Advanced Placement
0727
Open to: 11 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: AP® Language/Composition involves the study of readings drawn primarily from American
Literature. Traditional pieces of fiction, poetry, and drama are interfaced with contemporary
essays and writings from the fields of linguistics, science, and history. Non-fiction pieces are
representative of writing by both men and women in the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth,
and twentieth centuries. Students are required to learn components and structures of
language, to write literary and stylistic analyses, and to practice a number of other writing
forms, including persuasive and personal essays. Thinking logs and portfolios are utilized, and
students participate in peer revision groups as part of the class. This course prepares students
for the College Board’s AP® Examination in Language/Composition. Success on the AP®
examination may result in transferable college credit.
English 12
0728
Open to: 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: English 11
Content: Students will study world literature in chronological, cultural, or thematic formats, using various
genres and focusing on language and literature as reflective of the human experience through
the ages. Students will explore the historical and cultural currents and events that have
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influenced cultural evolution on a worldwide scale. Writing and composition instruction is an
ongoing aspect of the coursework, integrated with the instructional units presented. Students
will expand writing abilities in all major forms of discourse.
Literature/Composition, Advanced Placement®
0729
Open to: 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: Advanced Placement® Literature/Composition is an intensive study of representative works
from various genres and periods from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuryconcentrating
on works of literary merit. Instruction will include a variety of literary analysis techniques in both
prose and poetry. In addition to considering a work’s literary merit, students consider the
historical and social values it reflects and embodies. Careful attention to both textual detail and
historical context provides a foundation for interpretation, and various critical perspectives are
explored for each work. This course prepares students for the College Board’s AP®
Examination in Literature/Composition. Success on the AP® examination may result in
transferable college credit.
English 12 BSU 101/102
0726
(College credit may be available)
Open to: 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet District criteria for placement
Content: This concurrent enrollment course is designed for students who are interested in beginning
their college English career early and follows the Boise State composition curriculum. English
101 focuses on the writing process with emphasis on organizing, developing, supporting,
documenting, editing, and revising essays. In 102 students gather information through
research, evaluate that information, and use appropriate documentation. Students will be
selected based upon application materials and English teacher recommendations. Registration
information may be obtained from your junior English teacher, the 101/102 instructor, or
counselor.
Film and Literature (Timberline Only)
0774
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: none
Content: Film and Literature uses the criteria of literary analysis, along with the assessment of the
language of film, to evaluate and to understand motion pictures from various genres and time
periods. Students will hone their critical and interpretative skills and learn about film in societal
and technological contexts. Students will explore cinematic techniques in relation to quality,
creativity, and content.
Journalism (Junior High Level)
0761
Open to: 9 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will develop and refine research, interview and writing skills while participating in the
publication of a school newspaper. Students will learn to write news, features, and sports
stories and experiment with editorial and column writing. Journalistic style will be emphasized.
Beginning Journalism (Senior High Level)
0762
(College credit may be available)
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course; (may be repeated) Two Semesters recommended
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will study the history and techniques for various types of journalistic writing, learn First
Amendment rights, and gain experience with media technology such as typography, desktop
publishing, production mechanics, advertising, layout and design, writing, editing, headlines and
photojournalism.
Advanced Journalism
0764
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(College credit may be available)
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course; may be repeated
Prerequisite: Journalism; consent of instructor
Content: Skills learned in Journalism are reinforced, with an emphasis on building writing, storytelling,
digital proficiency, and leadership skills. Students in this class are publication staff members
and editors responsible for planning and organizing staff activities/deadlines and supervising
the newspaper production staff.
Language/Composition/Journalism Emphasis, Advanced Placement® ( (Borah Only)
0775
Open to: 11 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Students must meet district criteria for placement.
Content: AP® Language/Composition with a journalism emphasis will prepare students for college, the
AP® exam and work on student publications by developing students’ skills in researching,
reading, journalistic writing, analysis, speaking and listening. The course will integrate a
rigorous college preparatory program with an emphasis on contemporary, non-fiction writing
and the journalistic process of information gathering, planning, writing, and production. This
course prepares students for the College Board’s AP® Examination in Language/Composition.
Success on the AP® examination may result in transferable college credit.
Newspaper Production
0765
(College credit may be available)
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students design, develop and produce the school newspaper. Journalistic writing, copy editing,
layout design, desktop publishing, website news production, photojournalism, podcasting are
skills to develop. All production is student-created on professional-level computer hardware and
software technology. Several monthly issues are produced, printed, and distributed school-
wide. Periodic after-school work is required to meet deadlines.
Media Tech Intern
3205
Open to: 11, 12 One Semester Course; may be repeated
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Student will secure an appropriate and related job with training plan approved by instructor.
Student will be responsible for his/her own transportation. On-the-job work experience and
additional related training classes per week will be arranged.
Reading Improvement
0715
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students who need extra help will receive small group and individual instruction in reading,
focusing on comprehension, vocabulary study and skills to help the student function in the
everyday world. Reading from different content areas and reading for personal enjoyment will
be emphasized.
Reading Skills 1 (Bridge Only)
9015
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Critical Reading & Writing, Critical Reading & Writing 2
Content: Students will practice more advanced English reading and writing structures and skills. This
course is designed for English Language Learners and offered in the Bridge program only.
Reading Skills 2 (Bridge Only)
9016
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Critical Reading & Writing, Critical Reading & Writing 2, Reading Skills 1
Content: Students will practice more advanced English reading and writing structures and skills. This
course is designed for English Language Learners and offered in the Bridge program only.
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Speech Communication
0751
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Students will develop the skills to become an effective communicator. Content includes
communication process, listening skills, group communication, storytelling, oral interpretation,
and public speaking. Speech is a one-semester, required course that may be taken any
semester in grades 9-12. One semester of Debate may take the place of the Speech
requirement.
Speech 2 (Bridge Only)
9030
Open to: 9, 10, 11, 12 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Speech
Content: Students needing additional instruction in the English language will focus on more complex
structures through oral presentations and speaking. This course is designed for English
Language Learners and offered in the Bridge program only.
Theater Arts 1
0741
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Theater Arts I is an introductory survey course that teaches students to utilize and develop self-
confidence, poise, basic theater terminology, appreciation of various dramatic forms and
appropriate audience response, awareness of theater production processes, understanding of
theater literature, and beginning performance skills.
Theater Arts 2
0742
Open to: 9 One Semester Course
Prerequisite: Theater Arts 1
Content: Students will expand and refine acting techniques learned in Theater Arts I and learn the
elements necessary for producing a quality public performance. Students will prepare acting
scenes and small scale productions for presentation.
Theater Arts 3
0743
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: None
Content: Theater Arts 3 is an introductory course for students who have little or no previous experience
in theater. Areas of concentration will include theater history, literature, acting, and play
production including stagecraft and research. Performance will be a major component of this
course. There is no prerequisite for this class.
Theater Arts 4
0744
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course; may be repeated with instructor approval
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval or successful completion of Theater Arts 1 & 2
Content: Theater Arts 4 introduces a focus on technical theater with a continued component in acting
and play production. The class may work in conjunction with the drama department including:
district and state drama events, large and small stage productions, presentations, talent shows,
etc. This class is open only to those who receive the instructor’s permission and have
successfully completed Theater Arts 3.
Theater Arts 5
0745
Open to: 11, 12 One Year Course; may be repeated with instructor approval
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theater Arts 4 and successfully auditioned for the class including
counselor and instructor’s permission.
Content: Theater Arts 5 is an advanced acting and performance course. Students will receive
experience in applied theory and practice and continue development in a variety of areas
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pertaining to theatrical theory and production. This course is presented as a production lab and
co-curricular production work will be required.
Writing Lab and Advanced Writing Lab (Borah ONLY) 1531x,
1531xx/1532x, 1532xx
Open to: 10, 11, 12 Semester course
Prerequisite: Advanced Writing Lab may be taken upon successful completion of Writing Lab or instructor
approval.
Content: Academic support class designed to strengthen and elevate the writing skills of all levels of
students across the curriculum. Course has a tutorial and workshop approach. Students will
work on writing assignments from other classes and receive detailed, individualized feedback
on their writing. Students will also receive specific instruction on grammar and rhetorical
techniques in writing. Students will develop an electronic portfolio of work over the course of
the semester.
Yearbook Production (Junior High Level)
0173
Open to: 9 One or Two Semester Course
Prerequisite: Photography 1 and 2 and/or Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will photograph, lay out and design the yearbook, and study techniques such as
layouts, design, lighting, commercial photography and creative darkroom techniques.
Yearbook Production (High School Level)
0175
Open to: 10, 11, 12 One Year Course
Prerequisite: Instructor/Counselor Approval
Content: Students will design and develop and produce the yearbook. Skills will be developed in feature
writing, copy editing, layout design, photojournalism and leadership. All copy and design is
done with computer desktop publishing software. Photographers must have taken one
semester of photography prior to enrollment. There are 5-6 printing plant deadlines that must
be met during the year to ensure the on-time delivery of the yearbook. Periodic after-school
work is required to meet the deadlines leading to these printing deadlines.