It is the goal of the English Language Arts Department to develop the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills of each Sharon High School student. The ELA curriculum will introduce students to a diverse array of texts, and provide them with opportunities to learn about themselves, their community, and the wider world.

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  • Students will work on the following skills in each of their ELA classes: 
    • Reading and analyzing diverse texts
    • Writing for a variety of purposes and audiences
    • Speaking and listening
    • Solving problems
    • Collaborating
    • Conducting research
    • Utilizing technology as a tool for learning


    There is no Frigate like a Book 
    Emily Dickinson
    There is no Frigate like a Book
    To take us Lands away
    Nor any Coursers like a Page
    Of prancing Poetry –
    This Traverse may the poorest take
    Without oppress of Toll –
    How frugal is the Chariot
    That bears the Human Soul –
    Introduction to Poetry
    Billy Collins
    I ask them to take a poem
    and hold it up to the light
    like a color slide
    or press an ear against its hive.
    I say drop a mouse into a poem
    and watch him probe his way out,
    or walk inside the poem’s room
    and feel the walls for a light switch.
    I want them to waterski
    across the surface of a poem
    waving at the author’s name on the shore.
    But all they want to do
    is tie the poem to a chair with rope
    and torture a confession out of it.
    They begin beating it with a hose
    to find out what it really means.