A solid foundation in reading and writing is the best preparation for college success. Reading and analyzing literature and rhetoric develops the student as thinker, writer, and speaker. Students develop mastery and voice in diverse writing missions.  Rigorous vocabulary study with cumulative testing develops the language facility needed for reading, writing, and standardized testing. Students learn to develop a formal thesis in essays that focus on the themes and literary techniques of literature; they learn the Modern Language Association (MLA) style for writing research projects. Students in grades 8-10 take two English classes that offer an intensive development of reading, grammar, composition, research, creative writing, speechwriting, and vocabulary.

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