English/Language Arts

The English Department seeks to promote the development of students as literate and thoughtful twenty-first century learners. Students must be able to critically read narrative, informative, and argumentative text; and they must be able to develop written responses to those texts that are concise, well-organized, and driven by strong ideas. Since students also must communicate in formats beyond writing, English courses require that students grow as skilled in-person presenters and as creators of digital content. Courses are designed and aligned so that students read challenging texts and engage with essential questions that center texts on universal ideas. To address these essential questions, students complete challenging performance tasks that demonstrate their analytical skills and thoughtful responses to the essential questions.

The objectives of the English Department are as follows:

  • To develop in each student the ability to write, communicate, and present clearly and coherently
  • To engage students by designing curriculum units with stimulating essential questions, complex texts, and rigorous performance tasks and assessments
  • To develop to the fullest in each student his, her, or their ability to comprehend and write narrative, informative, and argumentative texts

The English Department at SHS offers courses at three levels: College Preparatory, Honors, and Advanced Placement. Movement among levels is expected and encouraged as students advance and develop their skills and academic commitment.

John Scopelleti, English/Language Arts Department Chairperson
781-545-8750 x23376

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