Using a wide range of poems, short stories, plays and non-fiction prose by authors from different time periods and different cultural backgrounds, Literature 1 introduces students to some excellent writing and helps them to become familiar with basic literary devices and how they are used in the works under discussion. In this way, the study guide and textbook lead students to an understanding of the structure and meaning of these literary works. In completing this half–unit subject, among other activities, students complete Skillbuilder exercises in the textbook which help prepare them for writing short answers and essays about the literary works they have read. There are 5 examinations in Literature 1. The Interactive Reader, Level 9, McDougal Littell.