In this course, opportunities will be created for you to increase your skills in the four areas designated by the state of Indiana for language arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Additionally, critical thinking skills will be emphasized. We will study short stories, nonfiction, novels, poetry, drama, vocabulary, writing, and Standard English usage. Throughout the year, students will study and compose argumentative essays, multiple mini-research papers, and literary analyses. We also study 8 lessons of Latin/Greek bases and affixes.