This course emphasizing continuing development of oral language and composition skills. Included within the study are the identification of literary themes and forms, use of effective reading strategies, and development of speaking/listening skills. Students write for a variety of audiences and purposes to work to apply effective ideas, voice, word choice, fluency, organization, and grammatical conventions in their writing. Students perform a variety of in-class writings of varied lengths in addition to creating pieces over a period of time through implementation of the writing process. Reading selections for this level include fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, drama, and informational texts. A required research project provides students with the opportunity to explore the research process and skills including source acquisition and evaluation, synthesis of ideas, and justification of main points.