Fostering a Culture of Readers and Writers
Watterson English teachers are dedicated to fostering, through the study of literature, the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills students will need to be the effective leaders of tomorrow.
In order to be an effective citizen of the world, a student must learn to read, write, and speak well. Through the English classes at Watterson, students study a wide variety of literature to help them form their values and understand their world. They develop their writing and speaking skills and sharpen their critical thinking abilities.
Carl Bucher, Department Chair
Course Listing 2021-22
|English 9 CPI and CPII||English 10||American Literature|
|Honors English 9||Honors English 10||Honors American Literature|
|AP English Literature and Composition||British Literature||Creative Writing|
|AP English Language and Composition||Yearbook|
“I appreciate so much what the English department has done for me. It helped me improve as a writer which has benefited me greatly in college. It also helped me to become a more cultured and artistic individual. Thank you!” – Andy Simmons 2015, Kent State University, Musical Theatre
“You might be surprised how much time a science major spends reading and writing. My experience at Bishop Watterson really prepared me to critically read and analyze research papers and to write my own research papers clearly and effectively. I get compliments all the time from my professors on my writing, and being a good reader/writer will help me to stand out in any field. Thank you!” – Lorien Salyer 2013, Otterbein University, Zoo and Conservation Science/Pre-Vet
“To say that the English Department at BWHS prepared me for college is a great understatement. It wasn’t until my first research paper at Miami University that I realized just how much of an impact the English Department at BWHS had on my education. While completing assignments and papers with ease, I soon became a resource for my fellow classmates. The English Department prepared me to be not only a successful student but also an effective teacher and professional. As I am currently completing my student teaching, I can honestly say that the skills I learned from BWHS are ones that I continue to use on a daily basis whether it’s while teaching students, formally communicating with parents and fellow teachers, writing IEPs, or even applying for Grants.” – Carolyn Masciangelo 2012, Miami University: Special Education K-12.
“The Bishop Watterson English Department definitely cultivated my interest in literature and helped me refine my writing and analytical skills. I found that upon entering college I was already ahead of my peers in regard to being able to form and support an argument and write coherent papers. I get compliments on my writing all the time from professors. BWHS also gave me the confidence to be able to pursue a degree in a subject that I’m passionate about.” – Andrew Jeffries 2012, Ohio State University, English