John Lynch also serves as the Dean of the Upper School
The Upper-School English program is multi-dimensional and literature-based, encouraging students to be creative, use resources in a thoughtful and responsible manner and engage in inquiry-based learning. Through the study of classical and modern literature, the curriculum explores the moral complexities of the human condition. A comprehensive program of skills development provides the underlying foundation for students to become successful readers, writers, listeners and speakers. Skills that are introduced in sixth grade and reinforced in seventh and eighth include close reading and other methods of textual analysis, evidence-based argument building, and the composition of critical essays that hinge on inventive, complex theses and indicate a deep and meaningful engagement with foundational texts.
Students in sixth grade read a range of texts, including The Epic of Gilgamesh, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, and The Tempest.
Seventh graders read a range of texts, including Between the World and Me, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Giver, and Beowulf.
Eighth graders read a range of texts, including Fahrenheit 451, Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, and The Odyssey.