The Language Arts Department offers a wide variety of classes for all students and courses specific to each student’s grade level. In the middle school classroom, students focus on developing their writing through the five-step writing process and developing their analytical reading strategies to prepare for high school. In 9th grade, the literature course focuses on various aspects of literature including poetry, short stories, plays, and novels. Students in 10th grade participate in a world literature course reading well-known literature reflecting the values of various cultures and impact on individuals within the culture. The 11th-grade curriculum focuses on American literature beginning in the 1800’s working through the literature of today. In 12th-grade student work chronologically through the British timeline reading well know British authors and analyzing the effect of society on literature. Beyond the core English courses, Grove School offers various English electives throughout the year including Creative Writing, Journalism, Poetry, and Deconstructing Disney. Students are continuously assessed using the CCSS writing rubric and participate in a variety of academic-based activities such as Socratic seminars, multisensory projects, lectures, and the composition of various written pieces.
AP English Literature and Composition
Grades: 11, 12
AP English 12 is a course designed for students who maintain a high level of interest in Language Arts and Literature and display a high level of aptitude in both reading and writing. This course is challenging and students need to have a high level of independence and self-monitoring in order to meet the demands of course work assigned. To ensure success in this course as well as have a foundation in writing, students should have completed an Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course as a prerequisite. Course work will include reading various authors in the American, British, and World Traditions of Literature and writing to evaluate, interpret, analyze, and consider a wide range of literary works. Successful work in the class will arm students with the necessary skills to take the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam in May of this academic year. Taking the Advanced Placement Exam is not a requirement of the course; learning and appreciation of literature and writing is the most important goal of this course. Performing well on the Advanced Placement Exam could earn college credit in both English Composition and English Literature.