This study of poetry and prose allows high school students to develop skill, creativity, and variety as writers. Students will independently and collaboratively write, share, and critique writings with others. In their efforts to perfect selected pieces of work, students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the writing process, applying the conventions of usage and mechanics of written English. Throughout the semester, students will study and create a variety of genres such as essays, short stories, and poetry. As a means of extending their knowledge of effective techniques and forms of writing, students will critically examine models of various types written by professional authors.Prerequisite: Junior or Senior; C- or higher in English II and III, or Teacher Approval