This course will prepare students to write research essays using formal style and proper conventions. We will improve our ability to gather research by analyzing credible sources and organizing our research. Students will strengthen knowledge of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking. We will also focus on forming arguments supported by evidence and presenting arguments. This class will also involve working with others and debating as a team. Topics covered include MLA formatting and academic writing, composing narratives, parts of speech, sentence structures, verbals, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary acquisition and more.