Sophia Z. '19 accepted to ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute
Civil Rights pioneers, current youth activists, lawyers, lobbyists and elected officials will work with students to explore the importance of defending and advancing civil liberties.
This summer Sophia Z. '19 will be joining other rising junior and senior high school students in Washington D.C. for the ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute, an advanced, firsthand learning experience tailored for the next generation of social justice advocates.
During the 8-day program students will be fully immersed in the real world of politics and legal decision making through meeting with elected officials and will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, civil rights pioneers and current youth activists through classroom sessions, lectures, workshops and daily debates to explore the complex nature of defending and advancing civil liberties and examine the importance of these freedoms in our current society.Close Up Foundation, a D.C.-based civic education non-profit, will serve as an ACLU partner to work with students to hone their skills as issue-focused campaigners.
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.