English I is a college preparatory academic course designed for students performing at or above grade level. It is required of all freshmen. Based on the NJ Student Learning Standards, it encompasses the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and technology with a focus on universal and global awareness. Topics and literature will come from around the world and span time. Students will read works from authors such as Homer, Mathabane, Confucius, Alvarez, Shakespeare, and Dickens. Reading selections, audio-visual materials, classroom activities, and assessment tools are varied to accommodate all students. Students are introduced to the MLA format research paper in this course.