The English department engages students in the work of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It is important for all of our graduates to be well-versed in a variety of means of communication, to be critical consumers of information, and to be empathetic and thoughtful citizens. From fundamental studies of the mechanics of language to complex multimodal presentations, our recursive curriculum leads students to mastery of English language, appreciation for well-crafted literature, a propensity for thinking deeply and critically, a desire to engage empathetically and civilly with others, and the ability to communicate well-thought-out, evidence-based arguments. Transfer Goals; Students will:
The Write House – Student-Led Upper School Writing Center
- Develop a mindset of inquiry and curiosity to become informed, empathetic citizens who are skilled in their field and advocate and take action on behalf of others.
- Engage with text in a variety of forms, voices, and genres to understand others’ perspectives and effectively participate in informed civil discourse.
- Gather and evaluate credible sources and apply critical thinking skills to effectively construct a clear and focused evidence-based argument.
- Express ideas in a variety of forms that employ a logical, organized structure and aesthetic sensibility.
TMI Episcopal hosts a writing center that is staffed by juniors and seniors who are selected by their English teacher based upon their writing skill, their desire to help others, and their ability to mentor other students. The students are trained at the beginning of the school year and the writing center is open twice a week to assist upper school students with all aspects of their writing, in all courses. Senior Chapel Talk
Every senior at TMI Episcopal delivers a 7-9 minute speech in chapel during the school year. This speech is written over the summer before the senior year and then revised during the first few weeks in the senior English class. The topics for these speeches range from anxiety to zip-lining–all focusing on aspects of student leadership with a message that is important to the student and relevant to the entire student body, faculty, and staff.