At this level, students will practice referring to texts and making interdisciplinary connections, describing characters and setting with specificity, and using context clues to compare and contrast, decipher vocabulary, and draw grander thematic conclusions. In this class, students will also work to master English writing standards through the practice of writing descriptive, expository, persuasive and an added form of responses to literature to demonstrate their understanding and prior knowledge. We will work on writing strong and concrete paragraphs and essays. Students will read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and The City of Ember by Jeanne DePrau.