At Roxbury Latin, the teaching of English is founded upon the classical concept of the "examined life" and the belief that a lifelong commitment to intellectual, aesthetic, and moral exploration and growth gives existence meaning and character.
The English program is designed to develop the ability to read and observe with discrimination, sensitivity, and pleasure; the skill to communicate information and ideas clearly, persuasively, and gracefully; the inclination to temper reason with understanding, to balance intellectual rigor and compassionate humanity; and the urge to pursue the meaning of life but the perspective to recognize and relish life’s complexity and ambiguity.
Assignments and classroom activities encourage disciplined, thoughtful approaches to reading and writing, listening and speaking. Work in language emphasizes the development of a rich, flexible vocabulary and sophisticated syntax. Composition assignments aim to build a concern for correctness, precision, and style.
The program emphasizes conventional organizational patterns for analytical and persuasive writing, as well as the creativity inherent in the best critical writing. Students also experiment first-hand with poetry and fiction writing, and with public speaking.