English 

The English curriculum meets the high school requirement of four years of English for all students. It reflects the importance of sound language preparation to meet the demands of college and vocational preparation, as well as daily life and leisure in a world dependent upon rapid and effective communications. The English curriculum attaches primary importance to developing strong reading, writing, speaking, thinking, and study skills. It also recognizes the responsibility of helping students develop into informed, mature human beings. The department provides four different levels of courses to meet the varied academic needs of students. English and social studies teachers work to coordinate the U.S. History and American Literature curriculum on all levels.

Philosophy

The English curriculum meets the high school requirement of four years of English for all students. It reflects the importance of sound language preparation to meet the demands of college and vocational preparation, as well as daily life and leisure in a world dependent upon rapid and effective communications. The English curriculum attaches primary importance to developing strong reading, writing, speaking, thinking, and study skills. Students will also have opportunities for personal and creative expression. The English program assists our students' development into confident and mature adults. The department believes in maintaining high standards and expectations for students in all three academic levels.

Program Goals

As a result of successfully completing four years of English at E. O. Smith, students will:

  • Comprehend and respond to a variety of written, oral, and visual texts.
  • Appreciate and respond to a variety of literary forms.
  • Understand how literature reflects cultural and historical perspectives.
  • Produce a variety of written products, including analytical, personal, research, and creative writing.
  • Effectively use the conventions of standard English in clear oral and written communication.
  • Use written and oral language skills for lifelong learning, careers, and pleasure.

Adapted from Connecticut's Common Core of Learning

Contact Information
Denise Abercrombie, Department Chairperson Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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