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News from the English Dept. - MHS

by Marilee Paillet

January 11, 2021

In spite of a pandemic, the junior high and high school English Language Arts students have continued to write, study grammar, and read literature. 

The seniors study English Literature such as Macbeth by William Shakespeare.  Through Macbeth they learned how ambition can be detrimental to themselves and others and how truth can be misconstrued. 

The juniors study American Literature.  They read The Crucible, then they wrote a character essay.  Before Christmas they read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which has themes such as “happiness does not depend on money, place, or people” and “no matter how you have lived you can change how you live in the future”. 

The sophomores have been working on writing more complex sentences.

The freshman read To Kill A Mockingbird and the junior high recently read Witness.  Both books deal with prejudice.  In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus says, “You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.”  In Witness, some of the same events are described from the different perspectives of a Jewish child, an African American child, a teenager, a preacher, a Ku Klux Klan member, women, a newspaper editor, and a constable. Each novel, play, etc. includes some type of writing. Hopefully, along with reading and writing, the students are learning some life lessons as well.


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