English Language Arts

The WHS English curriculum develops and enhances the skills of close reading, thoughtful writing-- formal, reflective, and creative--respectful speaking and listening, reflection, research, vocabulary and grammar [development], and critical thinking. The English curriculum is divided into the four grade level courses-- as well as elective courses.
This upcoming school year also welcomes the entrance into the department's incorporation of a high quality curriculum, certified by EdReports and offered by the State of RI as an accepted curriculum. This curriculum is the Odell Education curriculum which "is dedicated to fostering creativiy and critical thinking" with "approaches to equip...and empower... students with the literacy essential for success in college, career, and civic life."
Our emerging scholars discover they have something to learn each day, but also something to add to others’ learning during collaborative projects. Our courses engage students as they study: classic and/or contemporary literature, great works of poetry or drama, contemporary issues, the art of rhetoric and argumentation, or delve into meaningful research, problem-solving, or creative writing.
Within each course, teachers guide students to bring forth their best creative/critical thinking, analytical processes, argumentative/rhetorical skills, and creative talents. In addition, students learn to challenge, question, and/or consider the deeper meaning of topics and texts as they develop their ELA, civic, and life skills.
Beyond the challenging grade level courses, our electives offer opportunities to investigate and enjoy other aspects of English curricula. Whether they experiment with form and voice in Creative Writing I or II, find deeper meaning in viewing/reading film in Film I or Film II, learn to investigate informational literacy and write like a journalist in Journalism, or develop their rhetorical speaking and voice skills in Public Speaking, students engage in materials as personally challenging and enlightening as they are enjoyable.
Each year, students build upon the prior year’s learning as they develop into students who gradually learn more about the human experience, and their role in their own lives. They grow into more confident readers, writers, arguers, thinkers, speakers, creators, and architects of their futures.
Our department also prepares students to take Advanced Placement tests in AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition, as well the opportunity to take Concurrent Enrollment College Credit such as College Writing (WRT 104) or the Intro to Literature (Eng 110) courses that award college credit upon successful completion.
Denise R. Oliveira, M. Ed.National Board Certified 2014Department Chairperson 2018-2024

Department Announcements

2022 Summertime Independent Reading Fun! Connecting to the Year's Grade Level Themes
SUMMER READING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EACH GRADEHere is a slide deck that further explain the Theme Ideas per grade: LINK
Grade 9: Change Agents (Who has been an agent of change in a novel or a nonfiction work?)Grade 10: Stories that Need to be ToldGrade 11: America Grade 12: A Life Well Lived
Libraries house non-fiction, historical fiction, fantasy fiction, science fiction, psychological thrillers, mythology, and more... think about what you are feeling like reading in your repertoire of interests! Try a book on tape if you are busy working outside or driving a long distance!

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IF you are taking an upper level English course next fall, here you go!

REQUIRED 2022 SUMMER WORK for Honors, AP, and College Credit Courses.
If you are taking an Honors, Advanced Placement, or College Credit course, please click on the teacher’s name to access the link to the Summertime Course Preparation Requirements. Grade 9H Grade 10H Grade 11 AP Lang Grade 12 AP Lit Grade 12 URI Coll. Wrt Grade 12 URI Intro to LitMs. PucciMs. Petrofes Mrs. Tallardy Mr. Zemanek Ms. Barnhart Mrs. Oliveira Mr. Zemanek