The Junior Year English program offers students a semester course that reflects the four strands of the Massachusetts English Language Arts Frameworks, with particular emphasis on writing. Students will focus on developing a variety of strategies in writing effective essays. Practice in a process approach to writing will continue.
In the junior year, the student, as speaker and writer, will observe and address issues of both personal and social interest. The student’s voice will progress from the personal, which is the focus of freshman and sophomore years, to one that explores and analyzes multiple points of view in order to advocate and communicate a position through writing.
Juniors will read a variety of literature, with an emphasis on nonfiction, presenting writers who use their craft to explain, analyze, and entertain. Writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, students will be instructed in a range of rhetorical techniques to enable them to express ideas with precision, force and artistry. As a result, students will not only be individuals who have something to say, but individuals who have learned a process that will enable them to discover in language what they think, feel, and value.