English and Writing

English classes are both challenging and engaging. All students participate in a daily block dedicated to literature and writing. Students read relevant, award-winning literature, which inspires powerful discussion and reflective writing. Exposure to both classics and contemporary literature that gets to the heart of modern issues is the focus. Examples include but are not limited to Animal Farm, Macbeth, Raisin in the Sun, Romeo and Juliet, Edith Hamilton's Mythology, Inherit the Wind, and The Odyssey. Students are guided through higher-level fiction and nonfiction such as multimedia readings, primary source documents and news articles.

Upper School students continue to receive writing instruction, engage in the steps of the writing process and refine their expressive skills in preparation for the demands of college-level writing. Writing teachers implement research-based and multisensory instruction, utilize graphic organizers, and technology like SOLO Suite software to support the executive functioning skills necessary to generate compelling work. Students engage in a wide variety of genres such as creative, responsive, persuasive, expository and research.

For students seeking an additional challenge, AIM offers Honors level courses in the humanities. These courses are offered in addition to their regular classes. These classes engage students in high-level narrative and expository texts as well as intensive writing projects. Our Honors level courses include:

  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Literature & Current Events
  • Modern Art History
  • Minority Studies Through the Arts
  • World Religions