This course begins with the basic skills of grammar, sentence structure, and spelling rules. Then the student progresses to usage and mechanics. Vocabulary is coordinated as much as possible with the literature being studied. The writing section consists of student journals, literature essays, and compositions throughout each semester. Reading comprehension is practiced through novels, short stories and poems. Students read several novels and short stories. Poems are also read throughout the year with an intensive study during the month of April, which is Poetry Month.