This course is designed for the student who has experienced average success in past English and language arts classes. Students will continue to focus on literature, as we will study short stories, drama, the novel, and informational text throughout the semester. Students will learn and practice basic sentence, paragraph, and essay structures. Students will understand the basic uses of punctuation in formal language as they continue to hone their skills in creating a variety of sentences. During the first semester, students will be required to give a 4-7 minute informational speech.