A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine

English - Sixth Form

Sixth Form English focuses on literature, through the reading and analysis of novels, plays, poetry, and short stories. Through class discussions, individual and peer work, and written expression, students make connections to common themes, perspectives of the writing, ties to the world around them, as well as learn to use criticism and analysis through textual evidence. Through literature based words, Sadlier program, or Wordly Wise program, students develop vocabulary through contextual use and practice. The development of students’ writing focuses on expository paragraphs and fully supported essays, as well as some creative writing. There is a focus on conventions, grammar, mechanics, and sentence variation through writing and book exercises. An honors section accommodates those students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in English and above average academic motivation as seen by the English department.
Sample of texts used in the Sixth Form
1984 by George Orwell
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Fences by August Wilson
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Loot by Joe Orton
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman
The Lord of The Flies by William Golding
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien