ELA 11/Civics is an integrated course connecting advanced foundations of English Language Arts with relevant, real world learning in civics (Semester 1). The course is formatted to prepare students for college and career readiness with an emphasis on reading, writing, and speaking. Dialogue will be a central component of the course. The projects students complete will align to real-world applications and will involve community members in project processes/outcomes. Civics concepts including the framework of the American government, the (3) branches of government, the Constitution, and citizen’s rights will be central elements of the course. Readings will connect ELA to Civics; students will use literature to explore democratic themes, leadership exemplars, and language in support of democratic values.