• Course Description: College Prep English 12 is a course designed for students who are planning on pursuing college after graduation. Focus is on research, reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for success in college. Curriculum includes short stories, novels, plays, poetry, non-fictional and systematic vocabulary study. Students will learn how to write admissions essays for college and hot to apply for financial aid. 

  • Course Description: Students will produce the morning news/announcements and special feature programs. Students will learn how to operate the camera and video editing and mixing equipment, computer generated graphics and the basics of live production.

    Course Objectives:

    1. To produce video shorts that inform, interest, stimulate, and amuse.
    2. Have fun and work hard.
    3. Appreciate the skills and processes used in producing network television programs.

    Course Work: The class will be broken up into production
    teams to work on the following types of video projects:
    commercials, public service announcements, and TV reporter news packages. Students will split class time between Mr. Burnison’s room 244 (class lectures, planning, writing, and editing), the Broadcasting room (recording and editing), and throughout the school (shooting video). Each group will produce and present a news program to WHHS staff and students at least once each month throughout the school year. 

  • Course Description: This is a course developed for students who enjoy reading a variety of literature; outside reading is required. Students will read and analyze several pieces of literature from the 20th – 21st century (both fiction and nonfiction). These critical readings will be designed to encourage and enhance criti- cal thinking skills in a discussion and writing format. 

  • Course Description: College Prep English 12 is a course designed for students who are planning on pursuing college after graduation. Focus is on research, reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for success in college. Curriculum includes short stories, novels, plays, poetry, non-fictional and systematic vocabulary study. Students will learn how to write admissions essays for college and hot to apply for financial aid. 

  • This semester course, designed for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, includes the study of speech and drama. Speech will focus on communication skills; primarily speaking and listening, but also writing and reading. Areas of concentration will include the following: topic selection, organization, outlining, support information, and verbal and nonverbal delivery. Research skills will be an important factor in the class. Drama will focus on the history of theater, the sudy of different types of plays, plot and character analysis, exploration of the process of creating a dramatic performance (artistically and technically), and development of an appreciation for drama as a performing art. This course will also introduce students to basic theater techniques including pantomime, improvisation, and acting.

    Guest access: Performance [Instructor: Mr. Burnison]Self enrollment: Performance [Instructor: Mr. Burnison]
  • This online moodle course is for those students enrolled in the 2012-2013 Advanced Placement English 12 course at West Holmes High School.

    Guest access: AP English 12
  • Course Description: In the Publications class, which is a hybrid course, meaning students will work both online and meet face to face in the classroom setting throughout each week of class, students will learn to write interviews, news stories, sports stories, editorials, reviews, poll stories, and human-interest features. In this course, students study advance interviewing, reporting, writing and critiquing techniques, as well as develop their own style for commentary, column, and feature writing. Students also will learn the basics of lead writing, cutline writing, headline writing, and copy editing. Additionally, students will learn how to lay out a page for a newspaper page and yearbook spread using design computer software so that it is ready for publication. This course prepares students for working on a school-sponsored yearbook or student newspaper. A major goal of students in this class is to publish the school newspaper and yearbook. The expansion of students’ journalism experience will include the study of journalism management and production, consisting of editorial management, business finance, budgeting, accounts record keeping, and advertising. Students should have good organizational and writing skills with a flair for creativity and the ability to work unsupervised. Students will sell advertisements, take photographs, write copy, and design layouts. The ability to compromise and work well with others is expected. This course is a different elective from others in that it must produce a final published product, the In the Tin (newspaper) and the Chevalier (yearbook).

    Guest access: Publications [Instructor: Mr. Burnison]Self enrollment: Publications [Instructor: Mr. Burnison]