English - Mercy High School

Personal Focus. Global Perspective. Mercy Changes Everything.


In language and literature at Mercy High School, we find, create, critically analyze, and express ourselves and our worlds.

Language is a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self-expression, analysis, and social interaction. The study of language and literature plays a central role in exploring and expressing personal and cultural identity. The basic skills of listening, reading, public speaking, and writing ground the English curriculum. Each student studies works - classical and contemporary, print and digital - from world, English, and American literature. She responds to these works and their inherent themes individually and as part of the learning community. In writing and speaking, she learns to convey meaning through language choices to effectively address an intended audience. Throughout her courses, she learns to analyze and reflect upon the abundant, often contradictory information of our media-rich culture in order to respond to changing events as a responsible global citizen. 

Students who are interested in journalistic or creative writing can enroll in courses that produce Mercy's newspaper, The Shield, and the literary magazine, The Lance. Any student can submit her work to either The Shield or The Lance

Students are required to take four years of English courses for graduation. The English curriculum is continually evaluated and revised to meet the needs of students. 

English Courses:
Language and Literature I*
Language and Literature II*
Language and Literature III
Language and Literature IV
AP Language and Composition
AP Literature and Composition
Digital Writing and Publication (The Shield and The Lance)

*Honors sections offered