The study of English Language Arts in the Pittsford Central School District cultivates literate citizens who think critically, write clearly, communicate effectively, and read with understanding and appreciation.
For us, reading and writing do not merely comprise the tasks of our chosen profession; they are endeavors of passion. They are the foundation upon which we have built a lifetime in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. We strive to consistently convey this passion to our students and in this way, contribute to society, of course, but more importantly—humanity. We are:
Matt Davidson—Mr. Davidson's webpage
Evvy Fanning—Ms. Fanning's webpage
Monica Gebell—Ms. Gebell's webpage
Nicki Hastings—Mrs. Hasting's webpage
Amanda Marshall—Mrs. Marshall's webpage
Victor Northrup—Mr. Northrup's webpage
Marni Rabinowitz—Miss Rabinowitz's webpage
Brian Shafer—Mr. Shafer's webpage
Specific Summer Reading plans for students taking:
We ask that all Pittsford secondary students read two books this summer. Students, read any two books you like, any genre, any author, because choice is another beauty of reading. Biographies and memoirs count. All non-fiction counts. Of course, fiction counts. Poetry counts. Graphic novels count. You could choose something that’s “good for you,” something that will help prepare you for college, say. Or, not. It could just be fun. Any two books. If you have to read a book for another course, that counts for English, as well.
Once school begins in the fall, English teachers may plan activities and assignments around the two books students chose to read.
The following links might provide some inspiration, and they're a great place to start:
Our Library's 20 in 4 Challenge -- Fantastic Nonfiction
The New York Times Book Page and The Times Summer Reading Page.
The College Board’s list of 101 books for college-bound readers
Great Works by Authors Who Have Won the Nobel Prize in Literature