The mission of the English/Language Arts Department is to prepare students for a vital and rapidly changing future by developing critical communication skills through complex thinking, problem solving and collaboration. A multiplicity of eclectic experiences in reading and writing will provide students with opportunities to enhance their abilities and initiate their own growth. Courses in this department focus on the following Weston High School learning expectations:
- Communicate in a meaningful way for a variety of purposes and audiences;
- Demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural media through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation;
The concepts explored in these classes through thoughtful reading, discussion and writing, promote depth of understanding, broadened perspective, and imaginative exploration, as well as connections to learning in other disciplines. Literature selected by the department to embrace these concepts, includes novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry and non-fiction in all genres.
All sophomores will successfully complete a Sophomore Writing Portfolio. During this process, each student will review major writing in grades 9 and 10, make choices about what pieces best represent him/her as a writer, revise and edit the chosen pieces so they showcase the best writing, and write a letter presenting the student and his/her writing to the assessment team.
Contact: Christine Cincotta, CIL English Language Arts Grades 6-12