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English Department

The English curriculum at St. John's Prep fosters appreciation and understanding of literature as a reflection of the human experience. It helps students critically analyze and interpret works of literature while promoting effective written and oral communication

The St. John's Prep English Department strengthens the education of students by developing a deepened understanding of language and literacy, the value of critical reading and effective writing, and the richness of literature, past and present. 

The goals of the English Department are:

  • to increase the awareness of how to structure information and concepts in the light of purpose and audience and how to receive things in light of source, intent, and form of discourse
  • to increase students engagement in the dialogue of great ideas
  • to increase the resources of language which students can use and respond to, including vocabulary, sentence structure, style, points of view, compositional form, and text structure
  • to increase the fluency and pleasure with which students can speak, listen, read and write
  • to increase students’ ability to classify, generalize, infer and problem solve
               
 
 
Any questions, please contact the Department Chair: kprager@stjohnsprepschool.org

 Helpful English Resources

PSAT/SAT Practice https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests

Kahn Academy SAT instruction and practice overview https://youtu.be/xQBTu3LH9ts

Kahn Academy free account sign- up: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Composition and Essay Writing: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

http://www.stjohns.edu/about/administrative-offices/provost/institute-writing-studies/university-writing-center

College Essay Writing: http://www.essayedge.com/college/essayadvice/samples/ and visit                 http://collegeapps.about.com/od/collegeessay/a/brainstorm.htm

https://www.quill.org/

New York Public Library's Digital Primary Sources

 

Literature and Poetry:

Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/

New York Public Library Free downloads: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/you-can-now-download-over-300-000-books-from-the-nypl-for-free-071216

FREE online Books online: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/

Free Audio books: https://librivox.org/

Poetry

Academy of American Poets: https://www.poets.org/

Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems

Bartelby: http://www.bartleby.com/verse/ 

 

Vocabulary Development:

http://www.uen.org/7-12interactives/lang_arts.shtml

https://www.vocabulary.com/

http://www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/sat/

http://grammar.about.com/od/words/a/wordroots.htm

 

Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art www.metmuseum.org/

Whitney Museum of Art: http://whitney.org/

Guggenheim Museum: https://www.guggenheim.org

Museum of Modern Art: https://www.moma.org/

El Museo del Barrio: http://www.elmuseo.org/