English

When Woodward Academy students arrive at college, they arrive with well-developed writing and research skills, understanding the mechanics of composition, the rules of grammar, and the beauty of literature. They arrive with skills and insights that are incredibly valuable, in college and in the world beyond.

Our English teachers want students to understand the literature of our culture and other cultures and to grow as human beings by experiencing the worlds contained in literature. Teachers work closely with students at every Upper School grade level to develop and refine their writing skills, with assignments including essay tests, creative writing, journals, and formal, well-researched essays. We teach pre-writing strategies, using brainstorming, outlining, inspiration graphic designing, mapping, and other creative and organizational tools. In the end, students take pride in the works they produce.

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