Marlborough Presents "Steel Magnolias"
Join Marlborough's 2017 Drama Ensemble as we revive Robert Harling's popular Southern comedy on March 9 & 16 at 3 PM and March 10, 17 & 18 at 7 PM. Click here to purchase tickets.
Every Saturday, six women gather at Truvy's Beauty Salon amidst coffee, rollers and hairspray to crack jokes, talk life, and support each other as only good friends and close community can do. While there are no easy solutions to the personal challenges these women face, the steely strength, love and joy they collectively cultivate over the years remind us of the tenacious power of relationships and the true importance of showing up for each other.
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English 7 introduces students from a wide representation of elementary schools to Marlborough's expectations. Students write frequently, learning to express themselves, both formally and informally, in expository and creative assignments. Personal experience and literature are springboards for writing assignments, oral presentations, and seminar-like discussions. Readings often include The Book Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and an extended unit on poetry.
This course builds upon the reading and writing skills from English 7. Students are asked to write with increasing precision and sophistication as they explore various literary genres and archetypes, familiarize themselves with poetic devices, and analyze modes of characterization. Major texts often include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, House on Mango Street, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Jane Eyre, Romeo and Juliet, and Genesis. More intensive grammar and vocabulary exercises support the enhanced demands placed on students' reading and writing.
English I is first and foremost a writing course, designed to prepare students for the type of writing they will do in the Upper School and beyond. The texts in the first semester are organized around the theme of "Finding One's Voice." Students are introduced to traditional components of rhetoric in crafting written and oral arguments. The year is spent practicing vivid and insightful ways to use these skills in literary analysis. Major texts often include The Joy Luck Club, Twelve Angry Men, Persepolis, The Catcher in the Rye, Macbeth, and a variety of short stories and poems.