The English Department’s goals are to ensure that each student graduates with the ability to think critically, write effectively, analyze a text thoughtfully, present information well through a variety of methods, and synthesize information. To that end, students read challenging, insightful texts, develop their skill at both analyzing and writing, collaborate with each other on presentations and projects, and enhance their public speaking skills. While vocabulary, grammar, and close readings are critical elements of each individual course, thinking critically about what is being examined is paramount. Whether a student is in an Advanced Placement course or a lower section, teachers are focused on designing a curriculum that prepares him for success in college and beyond.
The most lovable thing about teaching English is the lack of exactness inherent to it…rules get bent, communication proceeds regardless of proper grammar or punctuation, and a book says what we interpret it to say. The author may have written it, but the book belongs to me. I love that.