The faculty of the Weston High School English Department approaches the teaching of English with the simple goal of assisting students in their journey as they become more critical readers, more thoughtful writers, and more effective speakers. To achieve this goal, we demand students read carefully, speak deliberately, and revise their writing regularly. We believe in the merits of empathizing with a character, speaker or even an author whose life or experience may take us beyond our own. More than anything, we have a love for the word. In their first few years of English at the high school, students can expect a common experience. Juniors and seniors are free to choose from an expansive list of electives.
The English courses in grades 9-12 are designed to increase each student's skills in the use of written and oral language. They are also designed to encourage open and clear communication, and foster reading for comprehension, information, and enjoyment. Each course requires homework and student participation in class discussions. In addition, the program is constructed to give students the opportunity to succeed in a wide variety of learning experiences including writing poetry, delivering speeches, reading literature, viewing films, and listening to guest writers.
The correct use of the English language is taught in all English classes. Grammar study is conducted with student writing as a primary resource for instruction. Specific exercises are also used to highlight a particular problem or mistake in usage.
Whenever possible, teachers use art, music and film to broaden students‘ understanding of the theme or setting of a literary work. In addition, mindful of Howard Gardner‘s Multiple Intelligences, teachers design a variety of projects to bring out the best in every student.
All students are required to take English each year. Students enrolling in semester based English electives to fulfill their English requirement must enroll in one each semester. Students should confer with their guidance counselor, English teacher, and/or the English Department Head to determine appropriate course selections where there are options.