English I students study literature, reading comprehension, vocabulary, essay development, research, functional text, and communication. Through the study of novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, students analyze literary elements and devices, text structure, author’s purpose, and historical significance. Students develop strategies for reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition through explicit instruction, teacher modeling, and think-alouds. In addition, writing instruction focuses on the writing process with integrated grammar instruction. Students write a variety of multiparagraph essays as well as study a variety of communication strategies and the research process.