The Groves English Language Arts Department is committed to an integrated program of language arts instruction, one which provides meaningful and ordered progression in the skills of reading, writing, listening, viewing and speaking. We believe that engaging students with the power of literature can encourage pleasure that lasts a lifetime. We see as our mission the preparation of our students for all phases of their educational lives. To that end, we believe that teaching students to communicate with both the written and spoken word in a context of mutual support and according to standards of quality is a key element of effective English education. Reading and responding to literary works is a mark of the educated human being in our society, and we work to illuminate for students the place that literature can have in their lives. As we engage in a continuing process of reviewing our curriculum so that it remains consistent with the findings of English educators, we maintain a program of innovation and tradition that offers a quality education in the language arts.