Philosophy

Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. My great teachers did not tell–they catalyzed a burning desire to know. Under their influence, the horizons sprung wide and fear went away and the unknown became knowable. But most important of all, the truth, that dangerous stuff, became beautiful and very precious.” —John Steinbeck

We, as an English Department, believe that there is beauty, stimulation, and inspiration to be derived from the proper use of the English Language.  This fundamental belief then, implores us to ensure that our students will not only understand but internalize this axiomatic truth. Thus, it becomes essential that our English program emphasize the development of oral and written comprehension, of critical analytical skills, and of a coherent, logical, and fluent expression of ideas.  This process is not a simple one, but rather, one that must be nurtured and encouraged daily, monthly, and yearly within the loving walls of our classrooms.  In order to help reach this vital goal, the required compositions will graduate in complexity and sophistication as the student moves through the English program.

To teach well, we must diminish the fear of taking risks within our student populace.  The mental block of insecurity and an utter lack of literary self-confidence a student carries must be shattered.  Students must see that any interpretation of text is valid, as long as evidence can be gleaned to support their assertion.  Each English classroom is then seen as a safe-haven for positively molding minds.  It is our goal that students will not be intimidated by literature, but rather, the students will be excited, confident, and comfortable in their own abilities to interpret and analyze any given passage. Our English classrooms are led by teachers who are dedicated to giving not just an answer, but in guiding and directing the discussion so that the students’ ideas are highly valued.  Then, and only then, will the depth and intricacies regarding composition and literature be truly learned.

Class Offerings

Jr High

7th Grade Language Arts

8th Grade Language Arts

High School

English 1

English 2

English Pre-AP

English 3

English 3 Honors

English 4

AP Language and Composition

AP Literature and Composition

Resources

Cause & Effect Rubric

Character Analysis Rubric

Compare & Contrast Rubric

How to Make a Thesis Statement in 3 Easy Steps

How to use Quotations with Sophistication

Literary Analysis Rubric

MLA Format PowerPoint

Narrative Paper Rubric

Persuasive Essay Rubric

Reflective Essay Rubric

Research Paper Rubric

Writing Process PowerPoint

Course Descriptions

English Department Course Descriptions