This is a genre-based course which will cover various types of literature, including (but not limited to): short stories, poetry, nonfiction/argument, novels, dramas, and epics. Through the integrated study of language, literature, writing, and oral communication, English 9 students further develop their use of language as a tool for learning and thinking. Students practice identifying, analyzing, and composing with different elements, structures, and genres of written language. In this course, students will write for a variety of audiences and purposes while strengthening their skills in writing. Students will receive instruction and practice in the writing process using technology and the guidelines found in the Modern Language Association (MLA) manual. This class emphasizes effective listening and speaking techniques and provides opportunities for students to integrate other reading and language arts skills as they learn to express ideas verbally. Summer reading and essay are required.