Knox English classes give students the opportunity to read widely, think deeply and communicate clearly. Every day, in every English classroom, you will find our students actively engaged in writing about a text as well as vigorously discussing the text in terms of literary elements and personal connections to what they are reading. It is here that students learn how to listen respectfully to different opinions as well as to express their own opinions with clarity and logic. It is here they learn how to think independently, with their intellect as well as with their humanity. It is here they learn to support their arguments with evidence. The development of a strong and disciplined mind is the best way we can prepare our students for the rigors of college as well as the challenges they will face beyond college.
- To teach students the paraphrasing and annotated reading skills they will need to avoid plagiarism and be successful in college.
- To help students develop strong critical thinking skills and the ability to use these skills to think independently, with logic and ethics.
- To help students develop strong written and oratory skills, including the ability to argue persuasively upon the building blocks of logic and ethics.
- To teach students to listen to others, to understand opposing and/or complex arguments, and to help them develop the ability to respond appropriately.
- To teach students to create and develop logical arguments and hone their abilities to express and defend such arguments in critical essays.
- To help students be able to articulate their ideas with clarity as well as elegance, specifically through a rich, working vocabulary and a strong command of the conventions and logic of grammar and syntax.