“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” " ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Woodstock Academy English Department believes that, through the skilled use of language, an individual understands, interprets, enjoys, and contributes meaningfully to the world. English courses at The Woodstock Academy are sequenced to develop students’ cultural and functional literacies and to strengthen essential language arts skills: reading; writing; speaking; and critical thinking, reading, and viewing.
Through literature-based curricula, students in English 1 and 2 build strong reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. While English 1 offers a broad survey approach, English 2 focuses on the study of world literature with emphasis on the development of critical analysis skills, both in writing and discussion.
In English 3, students at the Standard through Honors levels complete a thematic study of classic and contemporary American literature. English 3 students at the Accelerated level study rhetoric and persuasion, primarily through the examination of short nonfiction, preparing students for the AP English Language Exam and allowing them to earn Early College Experience (ECE) credit through the University of Connecticut.
Seniors must complete at least one credit in English and may choose from survey-type literature courses or from subject- or genre-specific elective courses. Senior English electives include Contemporary Literature, Classic & Modern Literature, Shakespeare, Mythology, Science Fiction, and Mystery. At the Accelerated level, seniors may study world literature through an AP/ECE survey course that prepares them for the AP Literature and Composition exam, and for which they can earn ECE credit. The department likewise offers elective courses in Creative Writing, Gender Studies, Media Literacy, Introduction to Theatre, and Theatre Workshop. With departmental approval and supervision, students may also complete independent studies in areas of special interest.
What sets WA apart:
- Two Early College Experience Courses, in partnership with the University of Connecticut:
- AP/ECE English 3
- AP/ECE English 4
- The Writing Centaur – a student-run writing support center
- Annual performances by Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA
- Periodic student theatrical performances in the Bates Auditorium
- The Robertson Senior Essay contest, the winner of which receives a monetary prize and the honor of reading his or her essay at graduation.
- Student participation in annual writing contests sponsored by the Connecticut Writing Project and other entities
- Published faculty who are recognized practitioners of their craft and who regularly present their work at local, regional, and national conferences
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