These are the skills we will be working on throughout the year:
    Work Ethic
    Oral Communication
    Social Responsibility
    Reading Comprehension
    English Language Skills
    Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Skills
    By the way, did you know the biggest problems companies have with their new employees, according to The Global Achievement Gap, are:
    Written Communication
    Work Ethic
    Critical Thinking
    Social Responsibility/Ethics (ACCOUNTABILITY)
    Oral Communications
    Reading Comprehension
    Team work
    Growing Importance Skills in the 21st Century:
    Critical Thinking
    Information Technology
    Health and Wellness
    Personal/Financial Responsibility
    In order to accomplish the above skills we will focus on the following throughout the year in order to capture the two most overidding goals in my classroom, success and responsiblity.
    *Short stories from our literature book.  Some will be done collaboratively others will be chosen individually by the student.
    *Interviews and oral presentations
    *Reflective memoir writing
    *Study the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  A career research project will be done in conjunction with the novel.  It will show the students where they are and where they need to go in their academic careers in order to lead a fulfilling life.
    *Two novels of their own choice.  With one of the novels students will create a podcast or an animated cartoon on the computer.  With the other novel students will create an alternative book report (13 choices) that allows for hands on activities. 
    *Regents prep work
    *Students will receive a Google account where they can create powerpoint presentations, g-mail me various assignments, and use document and excel programs.
    Plus a lot more...