This class will prepare the student for college writing. Thesis-based essays as well as other essays will be taught at a higher level. Teaching units will include thesis statements, essay organizations, transitions, introductions, and conclusions, and end with descriptive and persuasive essay practice. The student will also learn how to take notes from texts or from live lectures, craft college-level papers, and write or speak persuasively to a wide variety of audiences. This class will be taught using lectures, lessons plans, videos, and required work on the part of the student. A unit on SAT essays will also be covered. We will be utilizing the computer throughout this course as well.