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Languages/Literature

Whether studying English language or a foreign language, both middle and high school students make connections between what they learn in class and what is happening in the world around them. Students develop their self-expression through writing and empathy through reading. They read many different types of books across many different genres to help them learn through observation. They will write every day, including practicing communication skills, the creative process and academic writing, to help them learn by practice. In class they will work in groups, perform academic research, explore communication, learn grammar principles and generate new work. In our cross-curriculum work, we follow the Virginia Department of Education recommendation and guidelines for languages and literature. *Topics of study include Eastern Reading, Western Reading, U.S. Reading, American Literature, World Literature, British Literature, Literary Criticism, Media Literacy, Research, Communication, Critical Thinking, Public Speaking, Advanced Grammar, Creative Writing, Spanish, Independent Language Study.

World Literature

Students will read classic and contemporary works, by authors from around the globe, in a mix of mediums, including poetry, prose, essays and long-form works. Critical thinking skills will be further developed utilizing classroom discussions to challenge students to think outside the box and appropriately challenge the observations, opinions, and interpretations of others. Students will expand their vocabulary through reading and gain experience expressing their ideas in concise literary essays.

British Literature

Students will read classic and contemporary works, by authors from the British Isles, in a mix of mediums, including poetry, prose, essays and long-form works. Critical thinking skills will be further developed utilizing classroom discussions to challenge students to think outside the box and appropriately challenge the observations, opinions, and interpretations of others. Students will expand their vocabulary through reading and gain experience expressing their ideas and developing their grammar through concise literary essays.

American Literature

Students will read classic and contemporary works, by American authors, in a mix of mediums, including poetry, prose, essays and long-form works. Critical thinking skills will be further developed utilizing classroom discussions to challenge students to think outside the box and appropriately challenge the observations, opinions, and interpretations of others. Students will expand their vocabulary through reading and gain experience expressing their ideas and developing their grammar and style in concise literary essays.

Language Arts

Language Arts is designed to help students develop their self-expression and empathy through the writing process. Students read many different types of books across many different genres to help them learn through observation. Students write every day, including practicing communication skills, the creative process and academic writing, to help them learn by practice. In class, students work in groups, explore modern media, learn grammar principles and generate new work. The capstone project for this course is producing a school literary magazine as a class as well as keeping an individual reading journal.