We think of Shakespeare as a writer, but he was formatively a reader of books and life. He mastered the art of absorption and synthesis, the ability to read and appreciate and, with that knowledge, make something new. He was a man of the world too—not just academically inclined. So when you read Shakespeare, you find everything from references to curing leather (his father was a glove maker) to legal terms he picked up likely while suing his neighbors.
Literature ought to include everything, and it does at VES. Material we explore ranges from the classics to modern bestsellers to bringing in the students’ own lives and experiences. In addition, books help you learn to say your own thoughts well. The VES English program intensively promotes writing, whether in formal essays about literature or personal narratives.
We believe that in reading we might discover the world; and in writing, we might reintroduce the world to itself.
- English 9: Culture and Identity
- English 10: Communities and Power
- American Writers
- AP English Language and Composition
- AP English Literature and Composition
- English Seminar: Book Design and Literature
- English Seminar: Classical Literature and Contemporary Adaptations
- English Seminar: Poetry Across the Curriculum