The Lyman Memorial High School English Department is committed to helping students become competent readers, writers, speakers, and listeners who are ready for the challenges of college, career, and life. In the required English 9-12 courses, students will read classic and contemporary works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Through their analysis and critique of literature, students are encouraged to become critical thinkers. Students will learn to develop, organize, and effectively express their ideas in expository, narrative, persuasive, descriptive, creative, written, and spoken formats. An ongoing review of grammar, mechanics, style, purpose, and audience is integrated throughout each unit to help our students become proficient communicators. We hope to foster an appreciation for and understanding of the way words shape our lives and our world.

Additionally, the English Department seeks to cultivate students’ specific interests in reading, writing, and speaking by offering full-year and semester-length elective courses. These classes include journalism; yearbook; creative writing; public speaking; sports and literature; poetry; science fiction and fantasy; and more.