English Department

The English Department at Living Word seeks to provide a core of English skills during the freshman and sophomore years so that students will be prepared by junior and senior year for specialized elective credits and college preparatory coursework. Above all, the focus of the English Department is to train students to consider literature and its ideas from a Christian worldview, and to appreciate the importance and beauty of language as a God-given gift.

At the freshman level, students will gain foundational skills in writing, grammar, speaking, vocabulary, research, and literary analysis. By the end of the year, they should have mastered the writing process and feel confident composing a five-paragraph persuasive essay. In addition, they will be exposed to high school level literature in the genres of poetry, short stories, drama, and novels.

As sophomores, students will focus on American literature, and will continue to build on their oral and written English skills within this context. They will expand their writing skills by using additional expository techniques such as cause and effect and classification, creative fiction and non-fiction, and a literary analysis research paper.

As juniors, students can choose either World Literature or English Literature as a semester course, and are required to take a semester of Expository Writing, a college preparatory course. Seniors can choose English credits from a variety of elective courses including Religion and Literature, Film and Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Speech, and A.P. Literature (per teacher recommendation).

All students are invited to participate in crafting articles for Living Word’s newspaper, the Timberwolf Times. Each year the paper elects a new editor and welcomes contributions in writing and photography. Living Word’s yearbook staff, the Alpha, also seeks students who have skills in writing, photography, graphic design, or drawing.

Branching off the Creative Writing class, Living Word’s writer’s group, The Writer’s Block, meets periodically throughout the year, and welcomes students with a flair for poetry or prose to join.

The English Department is Designed to:

Develop students’ appreciation for literature, both classic and contemporary, and understand the importance and beauty of language
Expose students to a variety of cultures and worldviews through literature, and be able to discuss and compare those perspectives with a Christian worldview
Cultivate in students the tools for reading, writing, and speaking that can be adapted to various audiences and situations

Courses Offered:
English 9
English 10
English 11 (World or English Literature combined with Expository Writing)

Religion and Literature
Film and Literature
Creative Writing
Speech
A. P. Literature
ESL

English Faculty:

Crystal Welter

Rachel Cutler
Margie Hua
Lori Dobler (ESL)