This full-year course is designed to assist students in continuing their growth in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and research skills. Students will use strategies to refine critical reading and writing skills in order to analyze a variety of literary genres and to write effectively.  In addition, written expression, vocabulary development, and grammar usage are all integrated into this course. A written research report is required of all students. Written pieces are assessed using the five domains of a writing rubric: focus, content, organization, style, and conventions.