This course is designed to help students develop their critical reading and analytic writing skills, build their vocabularies, enhance their understanding of grammar, and broaden their research skills. The writing process is emphasized. Students analyze literature by type: short story, novel, literary journalism, poetry, nonfiction, drama, and graphic novel. There is a focus on public speaking and project-based learning throughout the class. Real world applications for writing will be addressed. Major works include Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Students are expected to regularly contribute to class discussions and participate in class activities. Students also complete research-based assignments as well as independent reading projects throughout the year.