Our Language and Literature courses help students grow as confident and capable readers, writers, speakers, thinkers, discussion leaders, and collaborators. By engaging with diverse texts and writing and speaking for a variety of purposes and audiences, students come to view language as a vehicle for the expression of ideas, creativity, analysis, and reflection.
Students focus on interpreting literature, including Greek myths, poetry, short stories, the play The Miracle Worker, and selected excerpts from the works of authors known for their descriptive prowess, including John Steinbeck and Roald Dahl. Additionally, students learn the mechanics of writing, with a focus on solid paragraph construction, mastering commonly confused words, understanding apostrophe usage, and establishing strong proofreading skills. Listening, speaking, note-taking, organizational skills, and expanding students’ written and spoken vocabulary are also integral to this course. Beyond classroom discussion and writing prompts, students engage in novel projects that allow them to choose from selections of literature based on common themes.