curriculum. An emphasis on the development of rudimentary language skills is a core component
of the curriculum. This emphasis will include direct and contextual vocabulary study and exercises in
usage and mechanics. SAT preparation is embedded in the curriculum. Students will study a number of
literary genres, viewing each as an art form with its respective conventions and contributions to the world
of literature. Students will also be encouraged to critically and creatively question the issues and themes
of the various works and to respond in a variety of ways, including oral reports, large-group and smallgroup
discussions, and projects. In learning about the relationship between reading and writing, students
will be actively involved in the writing process.