This course is designed for general and college-preparatory students. This course emphasizes essay development in the areas of analysis, persuasion, reflection, research, plus a review of ninth-grade writing modes. Writing conventions such as usage and mechanics will be taught in conjunction with the study of literature and writing. Vocabulary, spelling, and research skills are developed in context with the writing process and literary analysis. The students will review short-story and poetry elements and read novels and drama. Students can expect a variety of oral and listening activities along with oral presentations.