Language Arts Department
A successful high school English program develops these components through an integratged approach to the language arts. This includes instruction in and practice of the support skills underlying each of these processes. For example, in the writing component, students write regularly, in a variety of modes and for a variety of audiences, using writing activities designed to appeal to students’ interests and needs. Students learn strategies for prewriting and revising - in essence skills for critical thinking such as analysis, synthesis, problem-solving and evaluation. They also share their writing with others and keep records of their writing development and samples of their writing in a portfolio. Frequent formal and informal assessment of the student’s writing provides the teacher, the student and the parents with information about the student’s areas of strength and the areas that need improvement.
Reading and writing about literature become increasingly more important as student develop the sophisticated skills of analysis and interpretation. By the time they complete their senior year, students willl have read signficant works of American, British and World literature. They also will have learned to express themselves in all of the rhetorical modes and to conduct independent research.