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

English - Fifth Form

Fifth Form English focuses on literature, through the reading and analysis of novels, plays, poetry, and short stories. Students make connections to common themes and discover the voice within writing, and students will learn to use criticism and analysis through textual evidence in discussions. 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 a well-developed, detailed, and structured paragraph, and students work toward the five-paragraph essay. Students are also exposed to creative writing techniques. There is a focus on grammar, conventions, mechanics, and sentence variation through writing and book exercises.
Sample of texts used in the Fifth Form
A Raisin in The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger