This course will explore fiction and non-fiction texts that examine contemporary social and cultural issues from multiple points of view. The course will pair texts from varied genres (e.g. novel, poetry, short story, essay, informational text, film) thematically. Students will be expected to read critically, comprehend thoroughly, and respond actively to the texts in class discussions and written assignments. Multiple English/Language Arts Minnesota State Standards for grades 11-12 will be met in this course. This course will prepare students to think and write critically about the world around them.