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In the four years of language arts instruction offered at GBN, students explore literature and language. In all English courses, teachers work with students to help them cultivate mature and complex habits of mind in the following areas:

Writing and Speaking: Students will understand and employ writing and speaking as mechanisms for discovering and testing what they think and for articulating what they understand.

Speaking and Listening: Students will understand and employ reading and listening as critical thinking tools for gathering information, interpreting data, evaluating ideas, and constructing responses.

Language: Students will understand that usage, syntax, diction, and genre shape the expression of ideas.

Literature: Students will understand that a literary work is the product of an author's craft, contains observations about the human condition, and reflects the history of ideas.

Critical Thinking: Students will work to consider alternative perspectives, identify unexamined assumptions, and build a capacity for reflection.