The Berkshire Scholar

The Berkshire Scholar is a publication that features outstanding academic essays written for history and English classes during school year.  The two departments hope you will enjoy reading the journal, which presents a robust cross-section of the intellectual work produced by Berkshire students in all four forms. 

The essay appearing in the journal were selected from a pool of many worthy papers nominated by individual teachers.  At present, the departments make the final publication determination.

Click here to view the 2011-12 edition.

In history and English classes, the teachers in our departments use these essays as models for most of the kinds of writing we assign:  analytical essays about literature, historical research papers, personal responses to books, essays about strongly-held beliefs (i.e., college essay fodder), and ESL work demonstrating fluency with our language.

As you know, the instruction of writing is one of the most important teaching responsibilities of our faculty.  It is our hope that this annual journal will not only celebrate accomplishments in this arena and highlight the academic culture of Berkshire School but also serve as a focal point for discussion about what constitutes good student writing, and how we as a faculty encourage it.

-- English Department and History Department Chair Kevan Bowler


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