Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.-William Butler Yeats


    Seaholm's English Department believes its responsibility to be twofold.

    The program guides students through an integrated curriculum of reading and writing.  The reading program features diverse and challenging texts from classic and contemporary literature, which compel students to explore, evaluate, and respond to universal ideas.  Students are encouraged to read closely, think critically, and write analytically.  The writing program develops students’ skills from basic grammar and composition to logical, textually-supported meaningful essays.  The Department also recognizes the importance of oral communication and creative expression, the study of which serves to enrich the students’ perspective.

    Moreover, the English Department is committed to the formation of good character and the development of empathy in its students through its content and conversations. The study of literature involves the exploration of what it means to be human; it forces us to grapple with life’s essential questions. This can be, at once, exhilarating and frustrating.  The Department strives to help students not only understand themselves but one another; to see not only the particular but also the universal, which ties all human beings together.  It is a beautiful thing indeed that through a fictional world we begin to make sense of reality; that through the particular we begin to understand the universal; and that through the other we come to know ourselves. 


    Calvin and Hobbes on Conversations

    What is a Harkness Seminar?

    Please click on the Harkness Seminar page to discover more about the English Language Arts Department's commitment to authentic and meaningful conversations through Harkness-based seminars. 

    Congratulations to Ms. Petrozzi for being nominated for 2022 Oakland County Teacher of the Year!

    Our own Ms. Petrozzi has been nominated for the Oakland County Teacher of the Year Award. We are so proud she is part of the English Language Arts department. Way to go, Valeria!

    Service Learning Partnership with Bound Together!

    We are proud to announce a partnership with Bound Together, a non-profit offering tutoring services to children in Pontiac. Beginning in the fall of 2022, Seaholm students will be participating in a year-long mentoring program, offering the young Pontiac students tutoring in reading and writing, as well as building relationships and forming lasting friendships. For more information on Bound Together, click here

    Look for us on social media!

    Click on the links below to find Seaholm ELA activities on Instagram and Twitter.

    *Instagram: Seaholm English Department

    *Twitter: @SeaholmEnglish


    Summer Reading Assignments 2022

    Please click on the Summer Reading Assignments page to find your course and the summer reading assignment for 2022.


    Have a safe and wonderful summer. More than ever, we are looking forward to seeing you in the fall! 

    Seaholm English Department from BPS High School TV Production on Vimeo.

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