The English department’s primary objective is to develop students into highly effective readers, writers, and thinkers. Studying English requires imagination, discipline, and a mind open to new possibilities. Our classrooms are a cooperative environment where students are encouraged to lead discussions, discuss complex topics, and articulate their ideas. The acquisition of fundamental skills (grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing) is approached as a separate topic in the freshman and sophomore years and through course content in the junior and senior years. The first three years of the curriculum involve the study of the classics to the contemporary. In each course, careful reading, thoughtful discussion, and regular formal and informal writing are expected. In the senior year, students have the unique option to take electives of their choice, including opportunities to write for the literary and art magazine, study classic adventure novels, delve further into Shakespeare, or study the process of turning novels into screenplays. Our program focuses on analysis and expression—the fundamental requirements for later success.
Suffield’s English curriculum teaches students to:
- Write an effectively organized and thorough analytical essay in correct, standard English
- Use acquired skills to analyze and interpret imaginative literature
- Hone skills in writing, both analytically and creatively
- Develop a thesis and defend it, orally and in writing
12th Grade English Program
Seniors study English following one of three paths. The first path is composed of term electives. Seniors in this program take a common elective (English IV) in the fall term and then select their course of study for the winter and spring terms. The second path is pursued by most post-graduates. These students take English V in the fall and then select their course of study for the winter and spring terms. The third path is an honors curriculum that is taught within the context of a full-year course. Below are the courses.