• Media & Communications Pathway

    As we move deeper into the 21st century, effective communications on multiple platforms remain as essential as ever. Masconomet’s Media & Communications Pathway provides students with hands-on, real-world exposure to careers and skills in the world of communications.  Students will explore various forms of media communication including print journalism, broadcast journalism, public speaking and social media.  Both the Morning Update television studio and the WBMT radio station will be used as laboratories.
     
    Masconomet students will have the opportunity to graduate with a Media & Communications Diploma.  This pathway will provide an entryway for students who would like to study communications in college and pursue a career in the wide-ranging communications field. Completion of this pathway will:

    • Expose students to the broad career opportunities in the communications field and help students make connections between education and a career in communications
    • Allow students to explore an interest they have, building engagement in school and learning
    • Build stronger listening, oral and written communication skills
    • Develop advanced technology skills.  
    • Build an E-portfolio of student work
    • Develop reasoning skills which create an awareness of and ability to interpret and produce media in visual, oral and written forms

    Pathways Requirements:

    • Required Total Points: 25
    • Max Points for Extra Curriculuars: 5
    • Internship/Capstone: 10%
    • 1 credit = 1 point for courses

    Concentrations: Written, Visual, Verbal

    If you are an incoming Freshman or Sophomore who is interested in this pathway, sign up for this elective:

    Introduction to Media and Communications

    Entrance to Media & Communications Pathway: Ever wondered what it’s like to work on a TV show? Broadcast on the radio? Advertise products? Report for a newspaper? This course lets you to do all of these things and more. We will introduce you to various forms of media like print journalism, broadcast journalism and social media. We will use the TV studio and the radio station as laboratories. If you think you might want to work in sports casting, advertising, radio or TV news, in front of or behind the camera, this course is for you.
     
    For more information on some other courses that can be applied toward the academic component please browse the list below.

Courses

  • Program of Studies

    • 1.
      • Music
      • Acting I
      • 2961
      • Students enrolled in Acting I course will develop a wide variety of skills and techniques involved acting and dramatic stagecraft. Students will learn about and explore methods of expressing feelings and emotions using their voice as well as physical movement.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 2.
      • Music
      • Acting I
      • 2962
      • Students enrolled in Acting II will continue to explore a wide variety of skills and techniques involved in acting and dramatic stagecraft using the foundation acquired in Acting I as a launching point for further exploration into styles of acting and character development.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • 18-19
      • A1, A3, S1, S2, S3, C1, C2, C3
    • 3.
      • Business & Computer Science
      • Marketing
      • 5554
      • Marketing is a course that introduces the student to all aspects of marketing a product. Students will be able to identify all activities that are needed to have a product move from its maker to the hands of the consumer. Topics to be covered may include: identifying needs, marketing information and research, pricing, promotion, advertising, selling, distribution, identifying marketing strategies and marketing for a service business. Students will gain experience working in the Masco School
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Communication, Computer Science, Media & STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C3
    • 4.
      • Business & Computer Science
      • Introduction to Computer Science
      • 5810
      • Introduction to Computer Science offers the unique opportunity for 9th graders to learn programming and website development. This course will have a heavy focus on coding and developing applications and games to prepare you for the Computer Science field which continues to see significant growth.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9
      • CP
      • Computer Science, Media & Communication
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C3
    • 5.
      • English
      • Creative Writing
      • 0461
      • This is for students who have a passion for writing and who want to experiment with different types of writing. Throughout the semester students will continually work on and eventually submit a polished final draft of a short story. Students may submit at least one piece of writing to the Scholastic Writing Contest and/or the school's literary magazine.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 6.
      • English
      • Creative Writing
      • 0462
      • This is for students who have a passion for writing and who want to experiment with different types of writing. Throughout the semester students will continually work on and eventually submit a polished final draft of a short story. Students should submit at least one piece of writing to the Scholastic Writing Contest and/or the school's literary magazine. Students who take this for Honors credit will produce additional projects.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 7.
      • Soc. Stud.
      • AP United States Government and Politics
      • 2543
      • This college --- level course introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence --- based arguments.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 12
      • AP
      • CCC, Global, Media & Communications
      • All years
      • A1, A2, A4, S1, S2, C2
    • 8.
      • English
      • Acting Shakespeare (CP)
      • 0523
      • From the perspective of the actor, students will study a variety of plays, including tragedies, comedies, and romances, and will connect the themes to the events of today & their own lives. There will be an emphasis on close reading, acting exercises, vocal work, critique, & universal themes. Students will perform scenes & monologues, and demonstrate their learning through various writing activities. Additionally, students will critically view live performances, and/or film adaptations of plays.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • TBD
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 9.
      • English
      • Acting Shakespeare (H)
      • 0526
      • From the perspective of the actor, students will study a variety of plays, including tragedies, comedies, and romances, and will connect the themes to the events of today & their own lives. There will be an emphasis on close reading, acting exercises, vocal work, critique, & universal themes. Students will perform scenes & monologues, and demonstrate their learning through various writing activities. Additionally, students will critically view live performances, and/or film adaptations of plays.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • H
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • TBD
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2
    • 10.
      • Art
      • Drawing
      • 7501
      • This is a multi --- media course, which is organized to strengthen each students observational drawing skills and to broaden their definition of what drawing is. A series of assignments has been designed to stretch each individual's development. Classes are made up of students with varying levels of ability and experience. Students considering a career in architecture, graphic design, industrial design, fashion design, and the fine arts are encouraged to take this course.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 11.
      • English
      • Archetypes and Motifs in Literature and Cinema
      • 0621
      • Using recurring motifs and psychological archetypes as a focus for exploring literature and cinema, this course attempts to teach the student to recognize and identify patterns of ideas used by writers and artists over the centuries. Students will see how basic concepts such as good and evil, innocence and experience, heroism, independence, and others have been treated over the centuries and how these concepts apply in the student's own lives.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication
      • All years
      • A1,A3,A4,S1,S2,C3
    • 12.
      • English
      • Introduction to Media and Communications
      • 0822
      • Ever wondered what it’s like to work on a TV show? Broadcast on the radio? Advertise products? Report for a newspaper? This course lets you to do all of these things and more. We will introduce you to various forms of media like print journalism, broadcast journalism and social media. We will use the TV studio and the radio station as laboratories. If you think you might want to work in sports casting, advertising, radio or TV news, in front of or behind the camera, this course is for you.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9, 10
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1,A3,A4,S1,S2,C1,C2,C3
    • 13.
      • Art
      • Graphic Design I
      • 7801
      • This course is an introduction to the art of using typography and imagery to convey information. Fundamental 2D design skills will be stressed during the first quarter. After learning some basic design and computer skills, real-life design projects from local non-profit organizations will become the focal point of the class. Skill areas will include concept development, composition, typography, and vector art. Students work in the Mac lab where they will primarily utilize Adobe Illustrator.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 14.
      • English
      • Media Communications I
      • 0821
      • In this class, you will write articles for the Chieftain Chronicle school newspaper and cover Masco sports for the Tri-Town Transcript. You will participate in the Morning Update broadcast in front of or behind the camera. You also will create film projects ranging from advertisements to documentaries. Get ready to interview, write, edit, and produce.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1,A3,A4,S1,S2,C1,C2,C3
    • 15.
      • English
      • Media Communications I
      • 0823
      • In this class, you will write many articles for the Chieftain Chronicle school newspaper and cover Masco sports for the Tri-Town Transcript. You will plan and participate in the Morning Update broadcast in front of or behind the camera. You also will create and edit film projects ranging from advertisements to documentaries. Get ready to interview, write, edit, and produce.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • H
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1,A3,A4,S1,S2,C1,C2,C3
    • 16.
      • Science, Technology, & Engineering
      • Prometheus Unleashed: Science and Society
      • 2014
      • This co-taught course takes an interdisciplinary approach, combining scientific and historical content. Students learn about scientific discoveries and historical events in isolation, which inhibits understanding of cause/effect relationships between natural and social sciences. This course provides students with a holistic,approach to understanding the world around them while challenging them to think critically across disciplines. Topics may include the atom bomb, chocolate, and black plague.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • H
      • Global, STEAM
      • 19-20, 20-21
      • A1,A3,A4,S1,S2,C1,C2
    • 17.
      • Soc. Stud.
      • Digital Society
      • 2228
      • Students today are living in an age of constant digital connectivity. Digital technology has completely transformed our societal norms and given us new lenses through which we see ourselves and the world. In this course, students will trace the history and development of digital technology, evaluate the rules for conduct and communication in the 21st century, and explore the psychological and sociological implications of our new digital culture.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • CCC, Global, Media & Communication
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C2
    • 18.
      • Soc. Stud.
      • Digital Society
      • 2237
      • Students today are living in an age of constant digital connectivity. Digital technology has completely transformed our societal norms and given us new lenses through which we see ourselves and the world. In this course, students will trace the history and development of digital technology, evaluate the rules for conduct and communication in the 21st century, and explore the psychological and sociological implications of our new digital culture.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • H
      • CCC, Global, Media & Communication
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C2
    • 19.
      • Art
      • Website Design
      • 7990
      • Students will be introduced to Adobe Photoshop to create imagery (logos, backgrounds, buttons, etc.) used to build basic websites. Working in both code and design views, students will learn Adobe Dreamweaver, a visual development program used to plan, design and manage websites. Students will make thoughtful design choices that are influenced by an understanding of The Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Units on photography, typography, and basic animation will be included as well.
      • Units on photography, typography, and basic animation will be included as well.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • TBD
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 20.
      • Art
      • Digital Photo
      • 7860
      • This introductory course covers the operation of a digital camera, the use of the computer as a digital darkroom, and the production of high quality photographic prints that are compositionally strong and possess narrative content. Students will learn to navigate the functions of the Adobe Photoshop software program necessary to meet these goals. A camera will be provided if needed to complete the course projects. Students can bring in an appropriate camera of their own to work with as well.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, STEAM, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 21.
      • Art
      • Photo I
      • 7901
      • Areas covered in this introduction to quality B+W photography include the operation of a manual, single lens reflex (SLR) camera, B+W film development, enlarger operation, and printing photos in the darkroom. Emphasis is on creative expression while mastering the technical processes. A camera will be provided if needed to complete the course projects. Students can bring in an appropriate camera of their own to work with as well. Students must provide their own B+W film and photography paper.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 22.
      • Art
      • Photo II
      • 7912
      • Photo II is the follow up course to both Photo I & Digital Photo. Students will choose between working with film or working digitally, or they may choose to work in both media. There will be more frequent critiques and projects will be more advanced. Cameras will be made available to students when necessary in order to complete projects. Students may bring an appropriate film or digital camera of their own to work with. Students working with film must provide their own B+W film and photo paper.
      • Photo II candidates must have successfully completed Photo I or Digital Photography
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 9,10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 23.
      • Art
      • Photo III
      • 7931
      • This advanced class is for students who have demonstrated consistent growth and desire for excellence in darkroom or digital work. Students will work on highly technical, fine art, commercial, and studio based assignments. A camera will be provided if needed to complete the course projects. Students can bring in an appropriate camera of their own to work with as well. Students must provide their own B+W film and photography paper.
      • Photo III candidates must have successfully completed Photo II.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 24.
      • Art
      • Photo IV
      • 7941
      • This course is designed the for serious Photo student who has decided to pursue this medium for commercial work or a college portfolio. Students are expected to complete thirty teacher approved, professional level pieces. A camera will be provided if needed to complete the course projects. Students can bring in an appropriate camera of their own to work with as well. Students must provide their own B+W film and photography paper.
      • Photo IV candidates must have successfully completed Photo III.
      • Semester - 2.5 Credits
      • 10,11,12
      • CP
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1, A3, A4, S1, S2, C1, C2, C3
    • 25.
      • English
      • Media Communications II
      • 0831
      • Students will apply their reporting skills as they take a lead role in managing, editing and covering news for the Chieftain Chronicle and sports for the Tri --- Town Transcript. Leadership roles will also be taken in production of the Morning Update broadcast, including writing and directing the show. Students will study film technique and other media literacy related topics. Media Communications I is a prerequisite. This course may be taken more than once.
      • Full Year - 5 Credits
      • 11,12
      • H
      • Media & Communication, Visual & Performing Arts
      • All years
      • A1,A3,A4,S1,S2,C1,C2,C3