Advanced English 9 is a pre-AP study of world literature, writing, grammar, and vocabulary designed to give its students a well-prepared background for higher level AP English courses. Students will develop their close reading skills and vocabulary. Additionally, a significant portion of the English curriculum will be geared toward the stylistic and grammatical development of the students’ academic writing skills to prepare them for SOL tests, AP English courses, and college. Students will study the writing process and compose essays in the following domains: narrative/descriptive, expository, persuasive, and cause /effect. In Pre-AP English 9, students will also develop research skills and write a correctly documented full length research paper. The essays and the research paper will help students build their “Writing Portfolio.” Students will read and study a variety of texts from around the world including short stories, poetry, novels, and non-fiction works. In addition, students will develop technology skills to be used in the 21st Century world.