English at Woodstock Acacemy
At the heart of the Woodstock Academy English program is the belief that through the skilled use of language, an individual understands, interprets, enjoys, and in part creates the world. The sequence of English courses at Woodstock Academy augments students’ cultural and functional literacies and strengthens the language arts skills: reading, writing, speaking, critical viewing and critical thinking.
Through literature-based curricula, both English 1 and 2 enhance reading, writing and speaking skills. However, English 2, Sophomore Writing Workshop, emphasizes student writing in various genres. Students continue in English 3, a thematic study of classic and contemporary American literature and its cultural contributions. Seniors must complete at least one credit in English chosen from subject or genre-specific courses. Shakespeare, mythology, science fiction, and poetry name just a few. Additional electives include Creative Writing, Introduction to Theatre, and Theatre Workshop. With departmental approval and supervision, seniors may also arrange independent studies in areas of special interest.
What Sets Woodstock Academy English Apart
- 2 AP Courses – English Literature & Composition and English Language & Composition
- 2 Early College Experiences Courses through UConn
- 3 Writing Labs
- Annual performance of Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA
- 4 Co-curricular activities – The Centaurion (student newspaper), The Spire (yearbook), From the Deep End (student literary magazine), and Theatre Club
- Annual theatrical student performances in Bates Auditorium
- Annual Robertson Essay contest, a competition for seniors, the winner of which receives a monetary prize and the honor of reading his/her essay at graduation.