Welcome to your sophomore year! The skills you learn this year will be critical for your success throughout your academic career and beyond. English 47 will continue to build upon the foundation of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills that you have already laid so far in previous years. However, the specific focus of this year will be on strengthening your critical reading and textual analysis skills; producing clear and effective academic writing pieces, including synthesis, analysis, and argument; analyzing poetry; strengthening academic vocabulary and preparing for the State exams. This class will also focus on your ability to communicate both formally and informally through group activities and individual presentations. You can expect a rigorous curriculum, but you will have my full support in helping you to be successful and to have fun.