The English department is dedicated to helping students learn to read critically, write analytically, speak effectively, and view diverse texts thoughtfully. The department places a priority on not only reading but also interpreting and synthesizing a variety of complex texts simultaneously. This emphasis will improve students’ abilities as they gather information, use evidence to support their claims, and learn how to evaluate multiple online and print sources when writing research papers. Students will read poetry, fiction and nonfiction; study grammar; learn vocabulary through close reading; and complete both expository and creative writing assignments . The curriculum for all courses in the English department reflects the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.