The English department recognizes that all meaning and thought is constructed in language. Through the deconstruction and production of language in literary and non-literary texts, students not only gain self-knowledge, but also participate in community. Critical thinking is developed through reading, writing, listening, viewing and speaking in a variety of situations, for a variety of purposes. The literate person comes to appreciate his/her place in the world by successfully understanding and communicating with others. To this end, the High School English teachers continue in ISB’s commitment to the following school-wide long term learning goals:
- Students can comprehend and evaluate appropriately complex text types across modes and disciplines.
- Students will communicate across multiple modes to address task, purpose, perspective, and intended audience.
- Students will make personal meaning and seek understanding of perspectives and contexts through various forms of communication, as both an interpretive and expressive act.