The English Department's goal is to develop in every Salisbury student the ability to read and think critically and analytically, and to write and speak with clarity and precision. We strive to instill in our students a life-long love of reading through an understanding and appreciation of both the traditional canon of Western literature and the diversity of expression and ideas of different cultures. All courses include continual practice in writing, with emphasis on the expository essay as well as opportunities for creative and personal writing. Vocabulary development is stressed throughout the program.
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is available to qualifying fifth form students, while exceptional sixth form students may apply for Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. The English Department also offers honors sections at each form level, which motivated and capable students may apply to take.
Here's a glimpse of just two of our English course offerings:
THE WRITER’S JOURNEY
The Writer’s Journey will focus on the building blocks of reading and writing for all boys of the Fourth Form. Students will read and respond to short nonfiction readings in order to reach the following course goals: to understand, and to imitate how writers operate within various rhetorical modes; to learn and apply the grammatical, syntactical, and stylistic rules of standard written English; to write a cogent précis of a short nonfiction essay; to successfully analyze one longer work of literary fiction per trimester; and to incorporate supporting evidence into a student’s own writing.
BROTHERS IN ARMS
This course will explore the theme of brotherhood, one of the core values of Salisbury School. What does it mean to be a brother? What are the characteristics of a fraternal relationship? Are there differences between the relationship of familial brothers (by blood) and metaphorical brothers (by close bond or association)? Students will be responsible on a daily basis for generating discussion topics and analysis of literature that features brothers who have to navigate a shifting and sometimes complex dynamic. They will write frequently and be responsible for a research paper of literary criticism.
Major course works/authors: Assorted poetry, Band of Brothers, Going After Cacciato, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and As I Lay Dying.