English curriculum develops thinking and language together through formal Harkness discussion and prioritizes students’ ability to produce clear, coherent written expression in which the structure, organization, and technique are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience. Annotation and guided interaction develop students’ oral and written language, drawing on literature from many genres and cultures reflecting our common literary heritage. Whole class shared novels and independent reading solidify vocabulary instruction with the purpose of spanning the range of student needs and interests.
Writing becomes sophisticated, incorporating grammar usage and other editing tools to clearly communicate ideas. Students develop increasingly complex vocabulary and use of evidence to support their arguments. In the higher grades, language mechanics and grammar are explicitly taught and practiced in the context of narrative and expository writing assignments.