English at Lawrence Academy

Junior Poetry Slam.

At Lawrence Academy, English teachers want to know what students think, with students doing the work of good writers, good thinkers, and good readers every day. By learning and practicing six key skills – reading, writing, thinking, speaking, listening, and organizing – students will develop, support, and explain their points of view, and consider others’ viewpoints with care.

Throughout their English courses at Lawrence Academy, students will try their hands at writing and delivering monologues, speeches, and poems; some classes have begun podcasting as well. Students may participate in NPR’s “This I Believe” project and LA’s Judith French Poetry Recitation competition – both opportunities to discover what literature, forms of writing, and universal themes speak to them, and how to act on those discoveries.

“English classes at LA offer more structure freshman year, and they gradually allow students to become more independent in their reading, writing, and speaking over the course of the next three years. This department and these classes have been my favorite during my time here; I love reading and writing and have been granted permission to learn about who I am as an English student on my own terms.” Maggie Eames ’19

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