Students will develop their self-expression and non-fiction writing skills. In this course, special emphasis will be placed on developing capabilities to: inquire and explore, analyze and interpret, and formalize an opinion and propose a solution. Students will be introduced to appropriate research paper formats, including advanced citations in MLA format. Students will expand their critical thinking and presentation skills through preparation of posters, oral and multimedia presentations. Advanced grammar and mechanics will evolve with practice, and exploration of mentor texts. The capstone project will be a major writing project (expanded essay or research paper) associated with the student’s primary interests and academic objectives.