The English Department at R-MA goes above and beyond the book to provide an interactive approach to learning. Through field trips to plays, speech competitions, and book clubs, students develop an understanding and love of language and writing that will create lifelong readers and future successes.
A solid foundation in reading and writing is required for college success. Reading and analyzing literature and rhetoric develops the student as a thinker, writer, and speaker. Students develop mastery and voice in diverse writing missions. Rigorous vocabulary study with cumulative testing develops the language facility needed for reading, writing, and standardized testing. Students learn to develop a formal thesis in essays that focus on the themes and literary techniques of literature; they learn the Modern Language Association (MLA) style for writing research projects. Students in grades 6-8 take two English classes that offer an intensive development of reading, grammar, composition, research, creative writing, speechwriting, and vocabulary.