The Berkshire English Department emphasizes 21stcentury skills by building on traditional ones. We teach students to read carefully and appreciatively and to write clearly and expressively, emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving throughout our varied curriculum. We use both canonical and more contemporary texts in the service of addressing these themes, scaffolding skills as our students prepare for study, work, and life in the world beyond Berkshire.
Paying attention to the traditional building blocks of communication while engaging our students in web research, online discussion sites and interactive presentations, we prepare them for the varied demands of college and life. Our fundamental assumption is that by working with language, literature and ideas in a dynamic fashion, students will develop their abilities not only to communicate but also to think and reason critically. By stressing the relationship between writers and readers, we make our students more aware of the multiple aspects of communication in a complex world.
FAST FACT English classes often meet at Thoreau Cabin, a replica of the author's cabin on Walden Pond, to find inspiration in Berkshire's natural setting.