The Sixth Grade English course is designed to teach students to think logically, to read with delight and discernment, and to speak and write with clarity and fluency. These goals are accomplished through instruction in word recognition and reading strategies, literature, the writing process, oral communication, listening comprehension, and grammar.
Composition topics are typically assigned every two weeks. A piece of poetry chosen by the student is to be memorized each month and is to be presented to the class. The goals of the Sixth Grade Reading course are to develop reading skills, the ability to make meaningful and personal connection with literature, and skills and strategies to help students read and study in all content areas. This course provides students with the skills necessary to select appropriate and challenging reading material, as well as opportunities to collaborate with teachers and peers as readers and writers. Students will read teacher and self-selected novels from a variety of genres and authors. Throughout the course, students will keep a dialogue journal to better know themselves as readers, writers and learners. In class, students will participate in small and large group discussions. Also, the boys will be assigned independent activities designed to meet student needs and foster attitudes required to be life-long readers and learners.
The primary goal of Form I English is to help students to understand and enjoy what they read, to think critically, and to express their ideas clearly and creatively. The reading list includes a variety of poetry and prose from which evolve class discussions, writing topics, and independent and cooperative projects. Grammar, usage and style are regular topics of discussion which are applied in a wide range of writing activities. Boys are encouraged to use the computer lab for word processing, and they receive formal instruction from the library staff about the variety of resources available to them. While students are encouraged to become independent thinkers who can teach themselves, they are also shown the rewards of collaborative effort.
Form II English is designed to give the student the tools and skills that will enable him to be analytical and independent in his thinking; excited and critical in his reading; accurate, succinct, and stylish in his writing; and confident and effective in his speaking. A variety of novels, short stories, poems, and plays form the basis for literary analysis as well as foster an appreciation and enjoyment of the written word. The student considers both the intention and the method of the writer. The writing process - thinking, planning, writing, and proofreading - is given great attention. Focusing on the paragraph and the short essay, students frequently practice their expository writing skills. With the aid of our library staff, students consider research sources and techniques, as well as standards of documentation. A respect for the ideas of others, be they renowned authors or confused classmates, is stressed in every area of endeavor.