The English curriculum helps students to develop their ability to read, write, think and speak clearly, critically, creatively and logically. Conversation is at the heart of our teaching and learning. We work to build classrooms of active and involved learners. Our curriculum encourages students to use writing as a means of inquiry and discovery and to 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. 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. North Shore requires students to take four years of English.