Reading Philosophy of the English Department

The English Department believes that all students at Presque Isle High School should be given opportunities in reading to do the following:

  • apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate what they read
  • read materials representative of various eras and genres, and read for a number of purposes: literary, educational, informational and recreational
  • expand understanding of cultures, past and present, to enrich the quality of their lives
  • develop the capability to think critically
  • exercise the imagination to inspire and promote involvement in the creative process
  • reflect upon and understand personal values and the values of others
  • inculcate personal responsibility and involved citizenry
  • make reflective choices and develop a capacity for independent work in order to provide a framework for education in high school and beyond

Writing Philosophy of the English Department

We believe that all students at Presque Isle High School should be given opportunities in writing to do the following:

  • write and assume responsibility to shape their writing with individual voices
  • demonstrate accomplishment and/or development in writing by means of composing with sufficient time to think, plan, draft, rewrite and edit
  • receive response from readers (peers, teachers, others) intended to help them improve as writers
  • use language to explore their understanding through writing developed from the curriculum
  • engage in writing opportunities which provide stages of development from the simpler to the more abstract cognitive work
  • adjust their use of spoken, written and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes
  • employ a wide range of strategies and sources as they gather, evaluate and synthesize data to communicate their discoveries
  • be informed of the focus and purpose of the assessments
  • participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative and critical members of the literary community