English

Student Development

While providing fair, constructive and critical assessments of students’ work, the Lemont High School English Department believes students should develop the following characteristics:

  • Competence in language skills commensurate with ability 
  • Understanding of significant concepts and ideas pertinent to successful use of oral and written language, as well as to successful interpretation of traditional and visual texts 
  • Appreciation for written and spoken discourse and their various subordinate elements 
  • Competence in the utilization of higher order thinking skills as they relate to various language studies, especially synthesis, analysis, interpretation and problem solving 
  • Effective use of digital sources to research, communicate and compose 

Courses offered within the English curriculum help students develop competence in oral and written language skills, which leads to successful reading and interpretation of fiction and nonfiction tests. Additionally, students learn to utilize higher order thinking skills, specifically synthesis, analysis, interpretation and problem solving.

Student Expectations

Based on their abilities and course level, students shall: 

  • Express themselves effectively and clearly in written and spoken discourse that is rich, authentic, meaningful and varied 
  • Interpret and evaluate written and spoken discourse 
  • Utilize primary and secondary resources within the research process 
  • Identify various cultures expressed in literature and explain their influence on literature 
  • Collaborate effectively within group settings

Grading Standards

Student grades are standards-based and a combination of performance in the areas of reading, writing, language, speaking and listening. Grades are determined based on a student’s performance in composition, classroom participation, and on the final examination. Students enrolled in an Honors English course must attend from two to four Great Books sessions; the required number of sessions is determined in part by the length and complexity of texts studied. Great Books sessions are held either before or after school throughout the course of the year, and students are assessed on their preparation, participation and reflection.

English Curriculum Flow Chart

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First page of the PDF file: English_Flow_Chart1

Course Descriptions

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First page of the PDF file: 2018-19_LHS_ProgramofStudies-English

Information for English Novel Selections

The English Department has developed a resource with rationales and reviews for each novel that is read within Lemont High School's English courses.

Information for English Novel Selections

English Department

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Mark Cannon

Mark Cannon

English Chair
Sara Armbrecht

Sara Armbrecht

English Teacher
Sean Clark

Sean Clark

English Teacher
Jon DeGuzman

Jon DeGuzman

English Teacher, Head Boys' Tennis Coach
Marek Dron

Marek Dron

English Teacher
Angela Duensing

Angela Duensing

English Teacher
Cara Forde

Cara Forde

English Teacher
Sandra Henderson

Sandra Henderson

English Teacher