Thirty Marlborough Students Earned Special Recognition on The National Latin Exam
Isabel A. '20 earned Gold Summa cum Laude. Congratulations to all who took the exam!
The National Latin Exam is taken by students of Latin at all different levels in all 50 states and 16 foreign countries. Two-thirds of the Marlborough students who took the exam received special recognition certificates. Congratulations to all who took the exam!
Outstanding Achievement: Olivia F. '22, Julianne H. '22, Neve O. '22, Shine P. '22, Maisie W. '22
Achievement: Matilda C. '22, Ella P.'22, Josephine W. '21
Silver Maxima cum Laude: Katherine B. '21, Francoise M. '21, Elizabeth S. '21, Lael W. '21
Silver Maxima cum Laude: Riley S. '20
Gold Summa cum Laude: Isabel A. '20 (perfect score!)
Silver Maxima cum Laude: Talia A. '20, Miranda S. '20, Ashira W. '20,
Cum Laude: Sophia A. '20
Latin III Honors:
Silver Maxima cum Laude: Olivia W. '19
Magna cum Laude: Kelsey F. '19, Sophia K. '19, Eve M. '19
Cum Laude: Emma S. '19
Latin IV Honors:
Gold Summa cum Laude: Sarah L. '18, Isabel M. '18
Silver Maxima cum Laude: Juliette M. '20, Malaika N. '20
Magna cum Laude: Bridget O. '18
Cum Laude: Isabel Nicole B. '18
Cum Laude: Madison T. '17
"Winning was really amazing because it felt like all of my team's hard work paid off."
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.