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English is the Greatest subject in high school!

This is because communication is the basis of what it means to be human.  The English department at St. John’s College strives to create students who are excellent communicators with strong literacy skills while providing entertaining study of world and Canadian literature.  Studies in fiction include classical, famous and modern authors of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and graphical texts.   Students enjoy literature in a way that enhances their literacy skills by providing challenging assignments that will prepare them for the future as well a broadening their reading list.

Shakespeare is a prominent figure in most of the English courses:  Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Hamlet.  Other novels include:  The Pigman, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Heart of Darkness, Frankenstein, Flowers for Algernon, Catcher in the Rye, and many more.  Authors range from Joseph Conrad to Stephen King including many modern authors that appeal to teenagers yet provide valuable messages.  Biblical allegory is frequently addressed to ensure a a Catholic learning environment especially when dealing with controversial life issues.