English 12 is focused on continuing and developing the reading, writing, research, and analytical skills required by the Common Core Standards. During our course we will read a variety of materials using the American novel, autobiographical, and major dramatic works, as well as other literary and informational texts. Anchor texts for our year-long unit of study will include Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple, Tennessee William’s drama A Streetcar Named Desire and Piri Thomas’s autobiography Down These Mean Streets. Students will compose a variety of personal, creative, and analytical writing assignments designed to prepare them for college and career readiness. Students will also focus on the college application and essay writing process, resume and cover letter writing, and job interviewing skills. Additionally, students will write a midyear and end-of-year MLA Style research paper and complete a media-based presentation on their chosen research topic.