Half Year - Level 3 .50 Credit
Primarily a composition course, this program develops students' critical thinking and critical reading skills.  Students will develop a positive attitude about oral and written communication and a strong desire to participate in communication. The course involves frequent writing and sharing of student compositions.  This course is recommended for students planning to attend college or entering the world of work. Students who have not met the graduation requirement in writing are required to take an Expository Writing course during 1st semester and earn a C or better.

Essential Benchmarks - Students will:

  • Identify the thesis of a nonfiction work and distinguish its leading from secondary points
  • Judge the validity with which conclusions are drawn from evidence
  • Construct and sustain a logical argument
  • Document sources appropriately
  • Select and utilize suitable rhetorical methods and stylistic approaches in developing essays.