The English Department is the hub of critical thinking, cultural conversations, and creative writing at Cheshire Academy. From poetry to prose, from timeless classics to contemporary works, our students find meaning and create connections through the power of ideas and words. Challenging all assumptions, norms and biases, we read diversely, converse deeply, and write passionately.
AMERICAN LITERATURE (HONORS)
World Literature (Honors)
English i (IS)
English II (Is)
English II for International Students is designed to bridge the gap between a student who has studied the English language and literature, to a student who uses English fluently in the process of critically examining literature at the tenth grade level. Students acquire new vocabulary, discuss key points of literature in class, write essays and creative pieces, and create interactive projects to promote a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Students examine numerous themes throughout the year and explore a variety of texts including short novels, graphic novels, and short stories. The genres vary from non-fiction to fantasy, but ‘belonging’ features prominently in all of the works. Students create and perform their own poetry, and they learn the basic format of the essay.
IB Lit & Performance SL1/SL2
This course is a two-year interdisciplinary course that incorporates essential elements of literature and performance and aims to explore the relationship between the two. Students approach literary and dramatic texts as reader, actors, and directors in order to develop their intellect, imagination, and creativity. At the heart of the course is this interaction between (i) a conventional literary emphasis on close reading, critical writing and discussion, and (ii) the practical theatrical elements of performance. In this dynamic process literary texts are viewed from different angles in a way that goes beyond what is characteristic of either literary or theater studies as single disciplines. Students complete four assessments over the span of two years: i.) a performance of a portion of a play accompanied by an written analysis and reflection of a transformation of literary work, ii.) an original performance iii.) a written examination of poetry, and iv.) a written explanation exploring a literary work and its potential for adaptation into a theatrical performance.
IB English Language & Literature HL1/2 & SL1/2
IB English Literature HL1/2 & SL1/2
Language & Literature A & B
Language & Literature A (Junior Year)
Language & Literature B (Senior Year)
The Language & Literature A & B course sequence aims to draw students’ focus to a critical study of language and literature in each of their many forms, and the cultural contexts that produce and consume them. Students study non-fiction texts—including essays, speeches, journalism, and advertising—and examine the impact evolving cultures have on language as a means of communication within and among those cultures. Students also incorporate fictional literary works into their curriculum, studying novels, short stories, poetry, and drama from a wide array of regions and time periods, allowing them to closely examine the relationship between a literary text and its cultural context.
Creative Writing I & II
Students who undertake this Creative Writing elective prepare to immerse themselves in the written and spoken word, to develop their writing skills and produce a variety of work that reflects their exposure to short stories, plays, poetry, memoir pieces and experimental genres. The work that students produce is grounded in imagination or based upon personal experience. Self-examination, reflection and observation are essential to the craft of writing. Through free-writing exercises and journaling students articulate and explore their feelings in response to prompts that touch upon a wide range of beliefs and experiences. While the self is essential for writing, it is the sharing of the self that allows stories to impact others. Workshopping completed works facilitates feedback as students share their style choices and gather insight into the writing process. Students have the opportunity to participate in author visits and are encouraged to submit their work to Juxtaposition, Cheshire Academy’s literary magazine.
ELL: Writing, Composition & Expression
Cheshire Academy’s Writing, Composition and Expression courses offer an intensive, context-based, genre-focused sequence of study in writing for academic purposes. The courses are for students whose primary language is not English.
Intermediate Level: Students will enhance grammatical, mechanical and lexical control. The course focuses on improving writing styles such as: memoirs, scientific articles, short stories, analytical responses, and research papers. Further, students will explore how academic writing presents problems, poses questions, gives feedback, and supports discussion in all disciplines. Rhetorical modes include: analysis, description, chronology, process, argument, cause and effect, classification, comparison and contrast, and opinion.
Proficient Level: Students will focus upon models of academic genres in all disciplines and develop an understanding of the purpose of each genre, how each genre is organized, argumentative patterns, and specific language features of each genre. They will develop tools to critique academic texts, understand conventions, link audience and purpose, and revise papers with structural accuracy, lexical and syntactic mastery, clarity and coherence.
Freshman – Senior course
IB THeory OF KNOWLEDGE
Theory of Knowledge is a discussion-based course in critical thinking. Our design is to meet twice a week over a two-year period. There is a visual representation of the course; the TOK diagram, which has the “knower” in the center surrounded by the eight mental processes by which we construct knowledge—imagination, intuition, emotion, language, reason, and so on—and then an outer level, presenting the academic disciplines—history, the arts, natural and human sciences, mathematics and ethics. We explore material related to all of these categories with an emphasis on how we justify and explain what we, as individuals and groups, believe to be authentic knowledge. For homework there is a moderate amount of reading, blog writing, and occasional short essay writing. The major assessments of the course are a ten-minute presentation, which is graded by the teacher, and an essay of about 1600 words based on an IB prescribed title, which is graded externally.
Required Junior and Senior course for IB Diploma Programme candidates.
English Department Faculty
English Department Chair; Head Coach, Golf
Director of the Theater Program; English Teacher; Fine & Performing Arts Teacher
English Teacher and IB Coordinator
English Teacher and Lower Class Dean
English Teacher and Director, Center for Writing