This course focuses on writing and literature. Students will review the eight parts of speech focusing on usage and applying the rules of grammar to their writing. As students work with functional, narrative, informative, and persuasive styles of writing, emphasis will be put on writing and editing a paper with an introduction, thesis, appropriate transitions, and a conclusion. In literature, students will study the elements of short stories as well as novels. They will further develop their vocabulary and spelling skills through these works of literature as well as use the themes presented to practice critical thinking skills and make real life applications.