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The Upper School English curriculum focuses on developing students as energetic readers and purposeful writers who are eager to recognize and to make precise choices in diction, syntax, and rhetorical pattern. The critical study of literature as a class fosters an ability to recognize and articulate universal themes that unite us across boundaries; independent reading choices ready students for lives as engaged and thoughtful citizens.

Upper School students read like writers, eager to recognize intentional choices in diction, syntax, and rhetorical pattern and to try those moves in their own writing. They write both formally and informally, for a range of audiences and for a variety of purposes, coming to value both the process and the product of their work. Vocabulary and grammar are studied both in the context of the students’ reading and writing and as distinct topics.


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