The objectives for the English I class include helping students attain grade-level proficiency in reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. In preparation for Common Core State Standards and Testing, students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres which will include classic novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction writing. We will delve deeply into active reading strategies as students work to make a connection to reading passages. We will utilize "The Write Tools" as students learn to build better sentences, compose paragraphs, and organize essays. Students will learn to work cooperatively with their peers as they gain knowledge and understanding of what skills are necessary for college and career readiness.