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Literary Arts

The Literary Arts program allows students to develop originality and style in writing through serious reading, writing, thinking, observation, practice, and discipline. Throughout this four-year course of study, students pursue an enriched and sequential set of literary experiences in an atmosphere that celebrates the diversity of human perspectives, that promotes lively exchange of ideas, and that nurtures the development of each writer’s voice.

In an atmosphere that celebrates the diversity of human perspectives, that promotes lively exchange of ideas, and that nurtures the development of each writer's voice, students pursue an enriched and sequential set of experiences through a four-year period. Successful Literary Arts students are characterized by their determination to master correct grammatical structures, by their willingness to participate in the critique process, and by their interest in reading as a source of inspiration and of good writing models. They are comfortable in Honors and GT level English classes.

Literary Arts Philosophy

Originality and style in writing are products of serious reading, thinking, observation, practice, and discipline. In an atmosphere that celebrates the diversity of human perspectives, that promotes lively exchange of ideas, and that nurtures the development of each writer's voice, students pursue an enriched and sequential set of experiences through a four-year period.

The philosophy of writing primarily as a process enables students to participate dynamically in their own development of excellent literary skills and methods for positively and critically interacting with their own texts and those of their peers. Such deliberate study will foster a long and fulfilling relationship with the craft of writing powerfully and effectively, whether as a career, as part of a career, or as a personal way of understanding and interacting with the world.

Student Profile: Successful Literary Arts students are characterized by their ability to work independently for long periods of time, by their openness to critical evaluation, by their determination to master correct grammatical structures, and by their willingness to participate in the critique process that is important to the development of all artists.

Critical Reading: Throughout the entire Literary Arts program, students participate in rigorous enrichment reading that is an integral part of all classroom instruction.