Areas of concentration are reading, writing, language, and vocabulary. In the fall, focus is on short stories and a novel study. Students write informational and narrative essays; engage in literary analysis; prepare constructed responses; and cite evidence to support opinions. Students also focus on the elements of short stories, figurative language, and reading comprehension. Students will read one Accelerated Reading book per month. Students are taught to adhere to MLA format in their academic writing, and SAT words are incorporated into every writing assignment. Teachers use various diagnostic tests to measure students’ growth in comprehension and to differentiate learning for each student. The curriculum will establish knowledge of standard grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure throughout the academic year.