English 1 is an introductory literature course that will explore a variety of different genres of literature (poems, short stories, novels, essays, dramas). The course will focus on empowering students to respond to these various types of literature using critical thinking and analysis skills. Students will not only engage with the material but also with their peers. Students will be expected to engage in class discussions and hone their verbal communication skills. Writing will be a major component of this class and students will be work to improve their formal and informal writing skills both in class and for homework.