Welcome to the English Department

The English Department believes each student has the capacity to become a strong writer. Therefore, much effort is given to help each student develop a thorough approach to composition, from the initial selection of a topic and supporting ideas to the writing of a draft and revisions to the preparation of a final copy that reflects sound proofreading and presentation. Serious study is given to grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary to help the student produce his or her best composition. This takes both engagement and time. Emphasis is placed on expository, argumentative, and narrative writing plus opportunities for research.

Along the way, development of study skills is fostered for doing effective work in high school and college and succeeding in life-long learning.

The Department also affords opportunities for the study and enjoyment of literature. A thorough knowledge of literary terms and an approach to reading the different genres (story, poem, play, novel, and nonfiction) are specifics aspects of the freshman year. Survey courses in American and British literature provide a literary and historical basis for further study in several elective courses in the later years. Advanced Placement courses are available in both literature and language in the senior year.

Always in evidence is the mission of the school, to reach beyond academic excellence to develop competence, conscience, and compassion within each student.

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• Faculty Profiles

Writing Program

The Stanley J. Sever, Jr. Writing Lab

First Semester 2014 Schedule

Period 1 Ms. Duarte
Period 2 Mrs. Elliott
Period 3 Mrs. Marquard
Period 4 Mr. Adair
Period 5 Ms. Morrison
Period 6 Mrs. Krueger
Period 7 Mr. Adair
Period 8 Mrs. South
Period 9 Mrs. Bok