Length of Course:                         One Year

    Credit:                                          1.0 Credit

    Grade Placement:                         9

    Prerequisite:                                  None

    State Code:                                   01001A000

    Course Description: This course is designed to prepare students for the literacy demands of high school through an examination of language, text, and composition. The course emphasizes improving vocabulary, grammar, and mechanical skills, helping students to better comprehend informational texts, and writing good sentences, paragraphs, and essays within the modes of exposition and argument. As part of their study of composition, students will also develop skills in researching topics and synthesizing ideas. The curriculum of this course is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards. The course explores literary genres, including short stories, novels, poetry, drama, and nonfiction. Students will utilize critical thinking skills and technology in reading, writing, and speaking to understand themselves and the connections that can be made from literature to life. In addition, activities will focus on the strategies that allow students to set clear purposes for reading or writing and to help students construct meaning from literary works. There is a summer reading requirement for this course; the reading must be completed prior to the start of the school year. This course meets state of Illinois guidelines as a writing intensive course.