This course is a combination of language arts and literature. The literacy skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, comprehending, and thinking are taught. Students gain practice in grammar, punctuation, and writing skills. Assignments include all writing modes identified by the Common Core Standards of the state of Idaho. As a class,we read short stories, dramas, fiction, and nonfiction. Personal connections, interpretations, and responses to literature are made to show understanding of the text. Vocabulary instruction and growth is emphasized throughout the year.