Welcome to Mrs. Dvorak's Classes
Advanced Placement Language and Composition
The purpose of this course is to promote development of critical reading and writing skills that will increase appreciation of the written word, make students more skilled, purposeful readers and writers and ultimately allow them to achieve college credit for their efforts by succeeding on the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam in May.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to journalism and the basics of journalistic writing. Students will read a wide variety of journalistic writing from the New York Times, The Florida-Times Union, magazines and various online sources. These professional articles will serve as models as well as sources of ideas for students’ own articles. After studying reporting basics, journalistic style and editing, students will write articles in four genres of newswriting—news stories, features, reviews and editorials. Check out the website timharrower.com for links to our textbook and additional insights into the field of journalism.
Advanced Journalism is the class that produces the school newspaper, The Improviser. Students are responsible for all aspects of newspaper production. As such, they will work collaboratively each issue to plan the budget, research and write articles, edit articles, write headlines, take photographs, design layout and sell advertising to finance printing and other production costs. To the degree possible, the class will run as a newsroom, with students serving editorial roles.
This course focuses on studying fiction and nonfiction writing in its many forms. The student will develop a proficiency in evaluating texts and writing analytically about these texts. The course provides a solid introduction to research writing and to other types of writing that will be required of college students.
Class content and policies are described in detail on the course outlines attached.
Remember: All make-up tests will be given during RED or after school by arrangement.