Courses for College , College Credit or Life Beyond College
PATHWAYS: Finding and Filling Your Life with Your Passion(semester course, 1/2 unit) This self-guided course is designed to help students to identify their passions and to guide them through the exploration of how to pursue a life that includes application of those passions. In addition to discovering their natural talents and personal affinities, students will engage in independent research and be exposed to career opportunities not typically in their field of vision. Students will develop vital 21st Century skills such as long-term and short-term goal setting, presentation literacy, and effective communication. This course enables students to drive the trajectory of their exploration and learning in order to develop multiple pathways that will help them establish and achieve their goals. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS IF:
You need a little help discovering your own natural talent and personal passion
You're confident in your talents and passions, but you want to figure out how to turn this into a rewarding career!
You'd benefit from learning about how to set short-term and long-term goals for success.
Check out the video below to get an idea of what you will study in the Pathways course. Video courtesy of Ms. Sirof
SAT/ACT STRATEGIES (full year, 1/2 unit alternating day course for juniors) This course will focus on the verbal skills essential for success on the SAT and ACT exams, with the ultimate goal of preparing students for the rigors of college-level reading and writing expectations. It is also designed to enhance the literacy skills of college-bound students through the development of critical reading, speed reading and time management techniques. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS IF:
You are a college-bound student hoping to improve on the English skills needed for success on all college entrance exams.
You haven't yet taken the SAT or ACT exam
If you could use a little extra help in reading and writing (these skills are useful for English class as well!)
COLLEGE MEDIA (semester course, 1/2 unit) This course involves an in-depth study of television, advertising and film. It examines the effects of television on its viewers and helps students to recognize manipulative advertising tactics in both print and non-print media. Students also analyze film in much the same way as would literature, discussing the director as the artistic creator. Student assignments may include analytical essays, opinion papers, and creative projects. Students are expected to research pertinent topics. Evaluation: A final project. This course may be offered for college credit through St. John's University (11th and 12th grade). YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS IF:
You are a film fanatic!
You're interested in pursuing a career in media, communications or business, such as broadcast journalism, television, radio, film, advertising , marketing or other business-related industries.
You're interested in earning college credit as a high school student.
Check out the video below to get an idea of what you will study in the College Media Course: Video courtesy of BMB
COLLEGE PUBLIC SPEAKING (semester course, 1/2 unit) Students enrolled in this course will examine and practice the elements of effective oral communication. Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of effective speaking skills, using peer evaluation and critiquing as important aspects of the learning process. Evaluation: A final project. This course may be offered for college credit through St. John's University (11th and 12th grade). YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS IF:
If you love performing or speaking in front of groups! Or if...
The idea of speaking in public terrifies you a little bit. The class is designed to break past that!
You're interested in pursuing careers that require lots of interpersonal communication (ie: any business-related field, teaching, politics, service industries, law, etc.)
You're interested in earning college credit as a high school student.
Courses for History & Humanities
STRANGER FICTION: HEROES AND MONSTERS OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (semester course, 1/2 unit) The course will explore science fiction as a genre beginning with its roots in mythology and classical literature and through its connection to the overarching question, “What does it mean to be human?” The answer to this question will be explored throughout the genre’s patterns of development and subject matter, including stories of ancient beasts, heroes and gods, aliens, time travel, robots, the supernatural, horror, fantasy, alternative realities and re-animation. By contrasting humans with something beyond the realm of normal human experience, through the use of advanced technology or otherwise, the genre attempts to define the human experience. Literature, films, and televisions shows will be examined through lenses of cultural, national and scientific perspectives. Some concepts of psychology, anthropology, physics, biology, chemistry and earth science are relevantly discussed throughout the course.
YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS IF:
You've read or watched (and loved) Stephen King and Ray Bradbury novels, The Terminator & T2, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings,Star Wars, and (of course) Stranger Things !
You're interested in mythology, science fiction, computers, gaming, and/or social issues.
You're taking AP Psychology, AP English Literature or are considering studying English, literature or psychology in college.
VOICES FROM THE PAST: A STUDY OF GENOCIDE IN HISTORY (full year course, 1/2 unit English, 1/2 unit Social Studies ) This interdisciplinary course will focus on the Holocaust and other past and present examples of genocide. Students will use literature, first-person narratives and historical accounts in order to understand the causes of genocide, the rise of hate crimes, and, most importantly, ways to prevent "man's inhumanity to man" now and in the future. Students will develop an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of individuals, organizations and governments. This one-period, year-long course is listed as both a Social Studies and an English elective. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS IF:
You're a history buff and/or are interested in current events, politics, and domestic and international affairs.
You are interested into a deeper study of the Holocaust and its effects on history, government, and human rights.
Courses for Creativity: Writing and Performance
CREATIVE WRITING I (semester course, 1/2 unit) This course in creative writing develops students' abilities in self-expression. Students learn to analyze works of literature, to emulate useful techniques and to establish individual styles. Students write frequently and engage in peer evaluation of the creative writing process. Evaluation: A final project.
CREATIVE WRITING II: NON-FICTION* (semester course, 1/2 unit) This course differs from Creative Writing I by the incorporation of the self into the writing. Students in this course represent themselves on the page through their observations, reflections, and revelations. Readings by various authors help students define non-fiction writing categories, investigate rhetorical approaches, and identify literary features that non-fiction writers use to merge form with content. Students write regularly and engage in peer evaluation to develop a portfolio or original non-fiction prose. Evaluation: A final project. *Please note: Creative Writing I is a suggested pre-requisite course to Creative Writing II, but it is not required.
Click herefor a list of comments from current and former Creative Writing students!
YOU SHOULD TAKE A CREATIVE WRITING CLASS IF:
You enjoy reading and writing, fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose.
You are interested in writing for Fragments or The Buccaneer, Mepham's literary magazine and school newspaper.
You are interested in learning how to develop "voice" in your writing.
Check out the video below to get an idea of what you will study in the Creative Writing Courses: Video courtesy of TED-Ed
JOURNALISM (semester course, 1/2 unit) This course focuses on developing the students’ abilities in research and exposition. Students read and evaluate writings of major figures in the field of mass communication and gain experience in the writing of news articles, features, columns and editorials. It is expected that students enrolled in journalism (1) actively participate in the production of one of the school publications and (2) read and analyze books from a selected reading list in addition to readings done in class. Evaluation: A term project. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS IF:
You've taken (and enjoyed) College Media or are in the Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Program.
You're interested in reading and discussing current events and pop culture topics, such as local, national or world news, entertainment, politics, and/or sports.
You are interested in writing for The Buccaneer, Mepham's school newspaper.
Check out the video below to get an idea of why it's important to study journalism: Video courtesy of the National Press Foundation
SOCIAL MEDIA & BLOGGING (semester course, 1/2 unit) This course helps students become proficient in social media communications while understanding the risks and responsibilities that exist in a virtual environment. Students will experiment with various “Web 2.0” tools and applications in a safe place while learning about digital citizenship, media analysis, and laws/ethics. Ultimately, students will learn how to communicate in a connected world and use social media as a way to promote a talent, skill, passion, or creative idea. Students will engage in written communication including blog posts, captions, and hashtags, explore visual communication through photographs, product placement, and layout, and hone verbal communication through presentations, speeches, debates, and vlogs.
THEATRE ARTS I (semester course, 1/2 unit) This introduction to the theater will survey a broad range of topics. Included are improvisation, pantomime, voice and diction, acting, scene study, theater history, principles of set, light, costume design and makeup, elements of criticism, play production, and oral interpretation. Active participation in school productions is expected.
THEATRE ARTS II (semester course, 1/2 unit) This sequel to Theatre Arts I will supplement the foundation established in that class. In addition to reinforcement of all topics introduced in Theatre Arts I, dramatic literature and the principles of acting will be introduced. Active participation in school productions is expected. Theatre Arts I is recommended, though not required for Theatre Arts II.