This course provides students with a framework to meet the State's Literacy Core Curriculum Content Standards. Students learn grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and other skills within the contexts of meaninful reading, speaking, writing, listening, and viewing experiences. Drawing from an extensive list of traditional and young adult titles in classroom, school, and community libraries, teachers engage students in strategies that promote the independet reading of assigned and self-selected works (novels, short stories, and poetry, plays and works of non-fiction). Readings are also selected from a prescribed anthology and a syllabus of prescribed works. Students will begin to develop a sophisticated portfolio of writing utilizing a variety of methods.