Welcome to the Lincoln Academy English Department. The purpose of the English curriculum at Lincoln Academy is to develop every student’s ability to think, read, write, speak, and listen to the best of his or her ability. We use language in a variety of ways (writing units, discussion groups, reading of individually selected books, group and individual presentations). We encourage each student to discover the power of language to shape ideas, to describe, to convey thought, to express personal insight, to persuade, to promote cooperation, to work in groups, to solve problems and to make decisions. We are committed to the goal of increasing the vocabulary skills of students by presenting a sequence of Greek and Latin roots each year. The English department treats each student individually and provides a series of courses to meet differing needs.
There are six full members of the department and a shared faculty member from ESOL: Bryan Manahan (Department Head), Brian Smalley, Brenda Sawyer, Patti Sims, John Cannon, and Lauren Crosby.
The English Department serves all students at Lincoln Academy in meeting the required four years of English in order to graduate. Within each of these years, the department has core English courses that are heterogeneously grouped and focused on preparing students to meet the needs and challenges of post graduation, whether it be work or college. Having four years of English before graduation is a National requirement. There is a regular course at each level of schooling that serves to provide a solid foundation of all the aspects of English.
There are also pre-accelerated English courses freshman and sophomore years (Honors I and Honors II) that prepare students for Advanced Placement English courses junior and senior years. There is an application process for both Honors and AP courses, and candidates who are accepted are expected to complete summer reading assignments.
The Department tries to accommodate the needs of all students and encourages open communication with not only students but parents as well.