English Class Update

English Class Update

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
—Ernest Hemingway

We are on a mission in the English department, celebrating all we’ve done and gearing up for all we’ve yet to do. Our fabulous SPS students have welcomed our new facilitator, Ms. Nichols,  and have graciously adjusted to a new groove.  Daily, all students continue to develop a bank of Greek/ Latin vocabulary roots.  In conjunction with the history department,  we will continue our “50- States ReBranding Project” by creating cross-country travel brochures.


In fifth grade, students will be developing the skill of extrapolating key details from a body of text by compiling a key word outline.  They will then narrate the body of information in verbal and written form, and bring their writing to improvement using a variety of sentence styles.

Students in sixth grade will parlay the key concepts of extrapolating key words from non-fiction text to form an outline, narrate the body of information in verbal and written form, and demonstrate advanced sentence construction in the final draft.

Our eighth through twelfth grade classes have been challenged to analyze original texts of historical and literary significance. Through a step-by-step process, students  developed the skill set used to analyze primary and secondary source material.  Over the course of ten days we will compare and contrast two different versions of one of the most iconic events in American history:  the midnight ride of Paul Revere.  The comparison will be made betweens the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and a description of the event written by Paul Revere himself.  Student will use textual evidence from these sources to draw conclusions and write an argumentative essay.