The Beaver English Department empowers students by teaching them active reading, writing, reflection, analysis and synthesis. Our teachers encourage students to access their imaginations and intellects. We help students develop the means of confidently and skillfully expressing, in writing and speech, their knowledge, observations and feelings. We foster students’ passion for literature as a means of enhancing cultural awareness, understanding multiple perspectives, exploring human nature, and appreciating the power and beauty of language.
Possible texts: To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee, Witness by Karen Hesse, Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck, and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Possible texts: Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare; Persepolis by Satrapi; The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger; The Outsiders by Hinton; short stories, poems, and independent reading choices are also part of the course.
All the while, we tend to the mechanics of reading and writing. We study the tactics of great readers, learning to be aware of our thought process while we read. We work hard on sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, and supporting our ideas with adequate details when we write. At the same time, a wide variety of innovative projects that encourage creativie problem solving and often use cutting edge applications allow us to demonstrate our understanding in unique and exciting ways. Humanities provides a collaborative, challenging and dynamic introduction to a Beaver education.