Marlborough's Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team Ends a Strong Season
Congratulations to the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team on an outstanding competitive season.
Last weekend the Middle School Debate Team performed extremely well in the Middle School State Tournament at CSU Los Angeles, achieving a 57% winning rate among top competition in the state. Sadie M. '22, Sofia S-T. '21, Sonora R. '21, and Bella W. '21 achieved winning records, and SaraMae T. '22 achieved an undefeated 5-0 record in the preliminaries and reached the Quarterfinal elimination round!
Over the course of the year both Upper and Middle School students competed in 745 competitive debate rounds (113 more rounds that last year) spread over 29 tournaments, comprising more than 61 competition days. In all, our students spent 1,297.5 hours competitively debating, or 54 full days! And these figures don't include the time spent practicing and researching at school and at home.
Congratulations to our student debaters and debate program faculty!
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.
Issues in American culture and society are introduced in this course and studied through the lens of our nation's literary tradition. Students are challenged to develop their critical thinking skills, their capacity to read and interpret literature, and their ability to express that understanding in conversation and writing. The course focuses on topics such as identity, race, class, resistance to change and change itself, conflict, and American ideas about land. Major texts often include The Scarlet Letter, The Awakening, The Great Gatsby, Thomas and Beulah, Streetcar Named Desire, and an anthology compiled by the instructors.