The English Department is the hub of critical thinking, cultural conversations, and creative writing at Cheshire Academy. From poetry to prose, from timeless classics to contemporary works, our students find meaning and create connections through the power of ideas and words. Challenging all assumptions, norms and biases, we read diversely, converse deeply, and write passionately.
Engaging students is about creating a classroom environment in which they speak more words than I do; I know students are “getting it” when they tell me something I haven’t thought of before—That’s a lot of fun!Marc Aronson
AMERICAN LITERATURE (HONORS)
World Literature (Honors)
English i (IS)
English II (Is)
IB Lit & Performance SL1/SL2
IB English Language & Literature HL1/2 & SL1/2
IB English Literature HL1/2 & SL1/2
Language & Literature A & B
Language & Literature B (Senior Year)
The Language & Literature A & B course sequence aims to draw students’ focus to a critical study of language and literature in each of their many forms, and the cultural contexts that produce and consume them. Students study non-fiction texts—including essays, speeches, journalism, and advertising—and examine the impact evolving cultures have on language as a means of communication within and among those cultures. Students also incorporate fictional literary works into their curriculum, studying novels, short stories, poetry, and drama from a wide array of regions and time periods, allowing them to closely examine the relationship between a literary text and its cultural context.
Creative Writing I & II
Students who undertake this Creative Writing elective prepare to immerse themselves in the written and spoken word, to develop their writing skills and produce a variety of work that reflects their exposure to short stories, plays, poetry, memoir pieces and experimental genres. The work that students produce is grounded in imagination or based upon personal experience. Self-examination, reflection and observation are essential to the craft of writing. Through free-writing exercises and journaling students articulate and explore their feelings in response to prompts that touch upon a wide range of beliefs and experiences. While the self is essential for writing, it is the sharing of the self that allows stories to impact others. Workshopping completed works facilitates feedback as students share their style choices and gather insight into the writing process. Students have the opportunity to participate in author visits and are encouraged to submit their work to Juxtaposition, Cheshire Academy’s literary magazine.
ELL: Writing, Composition & Expression
Intermediate Level: Students will enhance grammatical, mechanical and lexical control. The course focuses on improving writing styles such as: memoirs, scientific articles, short stories, analytical responses, and research papers. Further, students will explore how academic writing presents problems, poses questions, gives feedback, and supports discussion in all disciplines. Rhetorical modes include: analysis, description, chronology, process, argument, cause and effect, classification, comparison and contrast, and opinion.
Proficient Level: Students will focus upon models of academic genres in all disciplines and develop an understanding of the purpose of each genre, how each genre is organized, argumentative patterns, and specific language features of each genre. They will develop tools to critique academic texts, understand conventions, link audience and purpose, and revise papers with structural accuracy, lexical and syntactic mastery, clarity and coherence.
Freshman – Senior course
IB THeory OF KNOWLEDGE
Required Junior and Senior course for IB Diploma Programme candidates.
English Department Faculty
English Department Chair; Head Coach, Golf
Director of the Theater Program; English Teacher; Fine & Performing Arts Teacher
English Teacher and IB Coordinator
English Teacher and Lower Class Dean
English Teacher and Director, Center for Writing