|Doherty, Ryan||(630) 617-2453||English Department Chair|
English Department 2014-15
Summer Reading 2014
English Department Philosophy
Anton Chekhov is credited with saying, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Although more than a century old, this sentiment echoes the inquiry-based philosophy that is the foundation of all English coursework at York Community High School. This philosophy promotes engagement in individual and group inquiry and builds knowledge through reading, writing, discussion, and debate. Our inquiry-based approach challenges students with engaging questions, and students communicate their evolving understanding of the inquiry through increasingly sophisticated written and oral arguments.
These inquiry questions provide the lens through which students develop literacy skills such as argumentation or analysis of an author’s bias or intent. The ultimate goal for student learning is the development of clearly established skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, skills that will become crucial as they pursue post-secondary education and careers. It is our intention to offer college preparatory courses that challenge and inspire. Ultimately, a student’s four years as a Duke offer the opportunity to discover “the moon” through inquiry and inspire enlightenment through “broken glass.”