By examining powerful literary and nonfiction texts by a wide array of authors, students in the MJ Language Arts 2 course build upon their foundational knowledge of reading, writing, and speaking using engaging mentor texts and scaffolded opportunities. Students also finetune their writing by planning and producing effective narratives, argumentative essays, and expository essays using guided practice and exemplar texts. These opportunities to plan, draft, revise, and edit their written work ensures that students will find their "voice" in writing. Students dive into the world of rhetoric by exploring important historical texts, demonstrating proficiency in identifying effective rhetorical appeals and ineffective fallacious reasoning that weakens communication. The authentic assessment opportunities provided in this course meet the needs of students while providing engaging and interesting learning opportunities.