• Godinez English Department


    "Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own." ~William Hazlitt

     English Department

    The English curriculum is designed to improve reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking skills for students of all abilities. All students are required to take four years of English and are introduced to a variety of literature, including novels, short stories, plays, poems, and non-fiction. They are expected to do an extensive amount of writing, including both creative and analytical essays. 
    Student work is kept in a digital portfolio so that students can monitor their own progress, reflect on it, and publish. During the senior year, students complete an Exit Portfolio that demonstrates four years of writing across the curriculum, a school-wide focus. Class discussions and cooperative learning are major components of English classes, and all students are expected to participate fully. Advanced courses in English include AP English Language, offered in the junior year, and AP English Literature, a twelfth-grade course. Students who successfully pass the College Board test in May will earn college credit for these courses. The English department prides itself on meeting the needs of all students at GFHS, from those still learning to read, speak and write well, to those who have mastered these skills.
    You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
    ~Paul Sweeney


    It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.
    ~Oscar Wilde


    When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.
    ~Clifton Fadiman


    A house without books is like a room without windows.
    ~Heinrich Mann

    To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.
    ~Chinese Saying


Last Modified on October 18, 2018