Students acquire and apply the literacy skills necessary for success at the Upper School while studying cultural and literary content in fiction, mythology, poetry, drama and nonfiction from diverse cultures. Reading assignments help students build foundational comprehension and interpretive skills in annotation. Writing assignments, which include personal response and analytical modes, emphasize accuracy of interpretation based on validity of textual support and clarity of expression. Students use textual evidence to support claims, organize paragraphs around unified ideas, and develop clear and complete thesis statements. Grammar instruction highlights understanding functional components of the English language such as phrase and clause combination, apostrophes, pluralization, and subordination/coordination.
- Grade 9