English I is designed to meet 9th grade South Carolina curriculum standards. Students will work individually, and in groups, to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and critical thinking. Differentiating instruction will be used when at all possible to meet every student’s needs. We will focus on the basics of analyzing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as, discovering the art of drama through Shakespeare. Not only will we learn how to read for understanding, we will also learn to analyze through writing. The students will spend a portion of their time reading independently and writing about their chosen texts. This course has an End-of-Course Exam at the end of the semester so we will also spend time working on grammar and vocabulary to prepare.