Welcome to Hebron Academy's English Department! In Walden, Henry Thoreau writes, "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." In our English studies we strive to set foundations of reading, writing, and thinking for a future of scholarship. Through versatile approaches to subject matter, Hebron teachers encourage students to take active command of their own learning. We recognize that students learn through independent and collaborative work.
In small seminar classes students develop skills to evaluate writing through the study of literature representing diversity of culture and period. They respond to their reading by developing skills to speak and to write with an understanding of the relationship between speaker and audience, as well as the variety of modes of discourse possible to define that relationship. They are challenged to listen supportively, accurately, and critically to the perceptions of others, which fundamentally alter and enlarge personal responses to the world. They are supported in their endeavors to think personally, deeply, and creatively about themselves and the world of which they are a part.
All English courses are writing-intensive; daily assignments help students to gain the flexibility to articulate and shape their impressions and observations in a variety of essay forms. In a four-year progression, students will move from short narrative, expository, and analytical essays to more advanced explorations of voice, structure, and genre. All courses are three terms, reflecting our belief that teenagers learn best from teachers who know them well. Honors-level courses are offered from ten to twelfth grades; selection for these courses is based on grades, interest, and teacher recommendations. AP Literature & Composition is offered to seniors and post-graduates; post-graduate students may elect Postgraduate English. In preparation for their entry into English courses, international students may be placed in ESOL foundation courses, according to their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.