Language and Literature

Language and literature classes introduce the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non-literary genres. The formal analysis of texts is supplemented by awareness that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption.

It builds upon existing language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while introducing inferred reading, critical reading and thinking, as well as presentation skills. An emphasis on vocabulary development and writing skills will be included throughout the program. The course includes studies of various literary genres including: short story, poetry, novel, drama/role play.

Students will also participate in literature circles. In literature circles, small groups of students gather together to discuss a piece of literature in depth. The discussion is guided by students’ response to what they have read. You may hear talk about events and characters in the book, the author’s craft, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles provide a way for students to engage in critical thinking and reflection as they read, discuss, and respond to books. Collaboration is at the heart of this approach. Students reshape and add onto their understanding as they construct meaning with other readers. Finally, literature circles guide students to deeper understanding of what they read through structured discussion and extended written and artistic response.