Middle School


The Ellis English Department prepares students to be confident and independent readers and writers while encouraging them to value and enjoy literature and writing. Some highlights include:
  • Young adult literature chosen for literary merit and themes that challenge girls to reflect on their lives and the world
  • Grammar taught in discrete units and in context
  • Student-centered classroom discussions and projects that encourage students to gain confidence in their own ideas, express themselves, and learn from others
  • Writing assignments in response to reading, guided by feedback from teachers through the drafting and revising process
  • Creative writing assignments and opportunities for publication
  • Alternative forms of assessment, such as learning centers, projects, online scrapbooks, vocabulary journals, games, and stories inspired by historical photos