The English Department strives to create an environment and a curriculum that will foster life-long reading, writing, and learning as attainable goals for both students and teachers.

All freshman, sophomore, and junior courses share common elements and approaches, even as the literature selections and thematic strands of study may vary from course to course. Shared Literature is the study of required texts at each grade level with the inclusion of literature reflecting multicultural and diverse perspectives. Reading Workshop rounds out the students’ reading experience, offering the opportunity to pursue titles and authors of their own choosing. Analysis Writing springs from the literature and reflects student growth in critical thinking and writing competency over time. Writing Workshop is a student-centered writing program focusing on self-selected topics and offering instruction in writing technique and regular feedback from peer and teacher audiences. Each student produces, in addition to other forms of assessments, a culminating portfolio, an authentic demonstration of his or her growth over time.

Which level is appropriate for my son or daughter?

English 1, 2, 3

Students at this level need more individual attention and support than others do, and they may need individualized learning accommodations, whether or not they have an IEP. Reading and/or writing may be a greater challenge to them than to most high school students, though they may be more proficient at one than the other. Students at this level often struggle to complete assignments on time and/or independently. Their thinking about literature tends to be more literal than abstract, and grades, tests, and projects pose significant challenges for them. English 1, 2, and 3 students make their greatest gains with closely monitored instruction and coaching in the classroom. (English 1 students are required to enroll in the companion Reading Class freshman year.)


Open Doors Career Exploration Program Registration  Begins Oct. 15!

Open Doors Registration Begins on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 pm.
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Preview Week
Prior to registration, beginning 10/8/2017 at 7:00pm through 10/15/2017 at 7:00pm, the job shadowing opportunities that are being offered this year will be available here for you to preview. Business and Service opportunities will be offered. New opportunities may be added throughout the week.

Registration Week
You can sign-up for specific job shadowing opportunities any time between 10/15/2017 at 7:00 pm and 10/22/2017 at 7:00pm.

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"A Fiscal Stress Test: How the State's Decisions Impact the City and Schools of Lake Forest"

"A Fiscal Stress Test: How the State's Decisions Impact the City and Schools of Lake Forest" was held on Tuesday, October 3.

The City of Lake Forest and The School Boards of District 67 and 115 hosted a public forum focused on how recent State and Federal government fiscal decisions impact Lake Foresters. A panel of experts from the City Council and School Boards provided a high-level overview from a local perspective followed by a Q & A session. Topics included the ramifications of a property tax freeze and other timely issues. View the presentation.

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Modified Schedule Week of Oct. 30- Nov. 3 (Parent-Teacher Conferences/No School)

Monday, October 30-Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Scout Day Class Schedule each day
8:15 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Thursday, November 2, 2017
LFHS Parent-Teacher Conferences/No School
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Spirit Store will be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences from 12:00pm – 8:00pm.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

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On Friday, October 13, the Deer Path Middle School Class of 2018 spent the morning volunteering their time within Lake Forest and neighboring communities for the annual 8th Grade Community Service Day. We are always so proud of the work our students do during these days and they truly represent Deer Path and the Lake Forest community in the best way possible. If you're interested in looking at the pictures, please click on this LINK to see all the great work that was done.

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English 1, 2, 3

This is a mainstream class for students who generally complete their assignments and put forth a good effort. Though abilities and interests vary a great deal in this group with students both at the higher and lower ends of the spectrum, students usually have relatively good organizational skills and complete assignments as expected. Their reading and writing may be inconsistent, or they may be stronger in one than the other. They show signs of taking ideas further, exploring implications, and assessing the significance of ideas in relation to each other. Their analysis work, both in literature and writing, tends to be more concrete than abstract. These students have a positive attitude toward English class and generally feel successful there.

English 1H, 2H, 3H (Honors)

Honors students are first and foremost fans of literature and writing. They are critical thinkers who demonstrate high level analysis, discrimination among ideas, and synthesis of concepts. They are capable of independent thinking and show an ability to pose meaningful questions that guide further inquiry. Their writing, thinking, and discussion skills move beyond the surface toward deeper inferences and insights. The honors student always does his homework, which is demanding and regular in nature –30 pages of reading per night is not unusual along with frequent writing assignments—and also keeps up with Writing Workshop and Reading Workshop obligations. He understands how to tune a piece to a specific audience, has a voice in his writing, and is willing to take risks as a learner. He builds on his classmates’ ideas in discussion and helps the conversation grow rather than become repetitive.