creative curriculum
creative curriculum
progressive education
English

The department’s major goals include developing students’ abilities to...

  • Express themselves with clarity and 
power both orally and in writing
  • Form and recognize authentic ques
tions or original ideas and then 
explore, cultivate, and articulate them
  • Read literature with sensitivity and 
understanding, paying close attention to language, imagery, argument, and idea
  • Explore varied cultural perspectives
  • Make connections between literature, their lives, and their learning in other 
contexts


Students write frequently. Short 
papers include personal responses, essays, dialogues, journal entries, short stories, and poems. Longer writing may include literary analysis, critical studies, extended fiction, or personal narrative. Among the many ways of responding to literature, The Putney School focuses on two: 1) writing analyses that show the evidence of thought that is clear, bold, cogent, and original, and 2) writing “in kind”-that is, writing poems, plays, stories, and essays. 
Readings range from the canonic to the contemporary and roam over a wide landscape of cultures and voices both in English and in translation. Most genres are represented, including novels, short stories, essays, poetry, plays, graphic novels, and film. 
Classes are taught seminar-style. Lecture is rare. Class participation is essential as students try out their ideas aloud.

To view English courses offered in the 2016-17 school year, please visit our Curriculum micro-site

 

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