• English About The English Department
     
    The English Department at West Bloomfield High School maintains a rigorous curriculum that features some of the finest literature ever produced by American and world authors, including (but not limited to) Oedipus the King, Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, Catcher in the Rye, Their Eyes Were Watching God, King Lear,  Lord of the Flies, and Things Fall Apart. We analyze the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Franz Kafka, and Nikolai Gogol. We speak the poetry of Langston Hughes, Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson. This is only a sampling of the literature in our curriculum; we also work hard to teach our students how to develop an arguable thesis, how to back up their arguments with textual evidence, how to format papers according to the latest Modern Language Association standards, and how to vet research material for accuracy and validity.

    English department teachers give generously of their time and talent in a variety of activities for our students, including facilitating our online student newspaper, The Spectrum, teaching TV and film production, creating our nationally recognized yearbook, Exodus, and producing fall and spring drama productions. Our award-winning English department staff includes Ann Bartus, a National Board Certified Teacher in English, James Corcoran, the 2002 Oakland County Teacher of the Year, Jennifer McQuillan, 2012 nominee for Oakland County Teacher of the Year, Dawn Mulcahy, WBHS Teacher of the Month, and many more dedicated professionals.  Many of our teachers are authors and academics who have written textbooks, published academic articles, presented conference papers, written study guides for films, and have worked as journalists for area newspapers, radio, and television. 

     

     Points of Pride
  • AP Literature & Composition Exam

    In the last 5 years alone, 95% of the students enrolled in AP English Literature and Composition have taken that AP exam. Of those, 90% scored 3 or higher.

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  • National Yearbook Recognition

    Our yearbook is recognized in the top 15% of all yearbooks by Taylor Publishing Company. We have received an award of excellence and first class ranking by the National Scholastic Press Association. Yearbook students are active members of the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association as well as the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association.

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  • Debate Team

    We also have a state of Michigan award-winning Debate program.

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  • Theatre Arts Program

    Our Theatre Arts program stages five productions each school year, including a fall play, children’s show, MIFA One-Act Festival, film festival (with an original feature-length film), and the spring musical.

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  • MIFA State Festival

    Our MIFA One-Act Company has been to the state theatre festival 8 out of the past 11 years and won the state festival with their production of The Shadow Box in the spring of 2007.

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  • AVID Program

    Our department runs AVID, an elective class for students in grades 9-12. The class supports students reaching for their first AP or honors class. In the past five years, 100% of AVID students were accepted into a 4 year college, and they earned over $500,000 in scholarships last year.

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