The English curriculum is tied to the Massachusetts Common Core Standards which are based on the skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Specifically, the curriculum provides instruction in the different modes of written and oral expression, analytic reading, vocabulary, grammar/usage, and media study. There is a strong departmental philosophy that views writing as an important thinking and discovery skill, and that skill, therefore, is incorporated into all required English courses and electives to provide a rich variety of writing experiences. Furthermore, the curriculum provides an equally meaningful experience reading literature and non-fiction.
Homework assignments are designed to reinforce ideas presented in class; to provide practice in vocabulary, grammar and usage, and composition skills; and to provide time for reflective thinking (e.g., synthesis of reading done for class, planning/writing essays). The time expectations for homework assignments vary according to the level of instruction and the specific assignment.