English

The English curriculum helps students to develop their ability to read, write, think, and
speak clearly, critically, creatively, and logically.  Reading, writing, and conversation are at the heart of our teaching and learning.  
 
Reading, we believe, is about exploration, discovery, enjoyment, and inspiration.  In our English program, students are taught to read in an attentive, critical, imaginative, and active manner.  We take care to ensure that students read literature from a range of cultures, time periods, and genres.

Alongside their reading, students use writing to respond to texts, wrestle with their questions, process their ideas, and become independent thinkers.  Students at North Shore engage in many different types of writing, such as analytical essays, poems, narratives, journal entries, and research papers. We teach students to see writing as a process.  Writing not only helps us generate ideas but also is a tool for organizing and retaining ideas; therefore, we teach students a range of organizational and note-taking strategies. We work with students on mastering the rules of grammar and usage so that they can communicate clearly and effectively.  

Students’ reading and writing contribute directly to the discussions that explore in our classrooms.  We work to build classrooms of active, involved learners, where multiple perspectives are explored. Our classrooms provide the opportunity for students to discuss their ideas and responses in thoughtful, respectful environments.  
 
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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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