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The English program at North Andover High School is geared to promote the development and increase the range of skills necessary in the area of communication including writing, reading, language, listening and speaking. Our program is designed to dovetail with benchmarks set at the middle school level so that all students will achieve competency in the areas of discussion and presentation, vocabulary development, standard written English and composition, reading comprehension and media analysis/production. Through the curriculum, students are exposed to the many genres of literature – British, American, and World – prior to graduation. Students are required to demonstrate facility and competence in writing in the persuasive, narrative, descriptive, creative, and explanatory modes. Students must also demonstrate their ability to write critically about literature. The writing process is incorporated into all courses offered by the department.

The following anchor standards for Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking and Language define what students should understand and be able to do in Language Arts from the ninth through the twelfth grades. These standards are broken down even further for each grade level and taken directly from the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy, March 2011, and the Common Core.

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. 
  • Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take. 
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 
  • Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.