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.
- 9th Grade - English 1
- 10th Grade - English 2
- 11th Grade - English 3
- 11th Grade - AP English Language & Composition
- 12th Grade - English 4 - Literary Types
- 12th Grade - English 4 - Honors
- 12th Grade - AP English Language & Composition
- 12th Grade - AP English Literature & Composition
This course includes two components with a focus on accelerated British literature as well as learning to recognize and write about rhetorical strategies in nonfiction essays, speeches, and letters. Students construct and critique arguments, select and incorporate evidence, identify the purpose of a work, and discuss features that make a piece effective for its audience. The course culminates in May when students take the AP English Language and Composition exam.