This course provides an academic atmosphere that expands students’ reading and writing experiences, building a foundation for their high school and post- secondary academic careers. The course will allow students to improve their reading, writing, and communication skills through various effective strategies found in the common instructional framework including classroom talk, collaborative group work, writing to learn, literacy groups, questioning, and scaffolding. Students will encounter various genres of literature and several styles of writing, with a particular common core emphasis placed on nonfiction texts as well as evidence based writing. Students will also be encouraged and expected to integrate technology into several project based learning assignments in order to practice solving real world problems. These projects and the course as a whole will allow students to showcase their communication and critical thinking skills.