English 10 continues the development of the students' basic English skills, following the New York State English Language Arts Learning Standards. Special emphasis is placed on reading fluency and students’ development through the study of literature in the following genres: short stories, novels, plays, and poems. The reading of non-fiction material is also stressed. The writing program (AIS) is closely related to the readings. It is a chance for the students to ask questions and receive one on one direction to strengthen their writing fluency and enhance comprehension for all the strategies taught. Description, exposition, narration, persuasion and extensive practice with the 11th grade regent’s tasks are examples of the major types of writing produced. Vocabulary development is heavily emphasized, through literature, writing, and practice exercises to strengthen and increase scores on the PSAT and SAT tests.