This course focuses on "point of view" and includes a key unit on "voice"/narrator in the short story. Modern Literature is emphasized. A wide array of supplemental reading sources are considered, as well as key literary works. Writing skills include persuasive writing and experimentation with point of view and "voice" in narrative writing. Short research papers emphasize skills of the formulation of a thesis statement, developing an outline, using quotes, etc. "Writing-to-a-prompt" exercises prepare for college essay writing. Oral communication skills are an essential component and provide support to seniors for their final presentations. For any student enrolled in O.P.T.I.O.N.S., English 12 will end in April.