The Metropolitan Soundview High School English Department prepares students to become independent learners who are proficient in writing, speaking, critical reading, listening, thinking, and viewing. Our ELA curriculum is aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards to provide our students with the critical reading, writing, and speaking skills required to become College and Career Ready and lifelong learners. It offers students a wide range of rigorous texts that span the classical to the contemporary. Students develop strategies for reading a rich “variety of texts, make informed judgments that are grounded in evidence and communicate their thinking through oral, written, and artistic expressions.” Students at every grade level should expect to read literature that will challenge and engage them, to listen to and participate in class discussions and activities that will deepen their understanding of the texts, and to complete assignments designed to improve their writing skills and provide new insights into the works and topics they address. With teacher guidance, students become responsible for their own learning; they increasingly assume leadership roles and make decisions in the classroom in order to develop interpretative and evaluative skills and make connections among their reading, their writing, and their lives.