What makes a great story? In this class, we will study the development of theme through plot, setting, characterization, figurative language, point of view, tone and mood. Students will enhance writing skills by exploring reasons for writing: to entertain, to inform, to persuade, and to describe. We will enjoy a variety of favorite novels, such as The Call of the Wild, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hiding Place, and Lord of the Flies, as well as selections of poetry, short stories, plays, and nonfiction from a wide range of topics. Class time will focus on discussion and skill-building activities. At home, students will be expected to spend three to four hours a week on grade-level reading and writing responses. This class will be taught with an emphasis on our shared Christian worldview and values. NOTE: This class meets all California standards, but is NOT eligible for charter funding, due to our Christian worldview.