The high school ELA curriculum focuses on reading a variety of literary genres in fiction and nonfiction, centering on techniques of research, rhetoric and analysis. The writing program includes a wide variety of expository, persuasive, narrative, analytical and descriptive writing. Formal assignments include article reviews, a research-based paper, informational and creative pieces, prose analyses, poetry analyses and expository essays. Library research projects, which form the basis of oral presentations and essays, are also an important part of the language experience in high school English. Carefully selected resources span American and world literature study, helping students understand the impact of internal and external conflicts, cultural identity, personal relationships and the exploration of self. Readings also include contemporary essays that evaluate the ironies and paradoxes in society.