Welcome to Eagle English!
The Edison High School English Department seeks to “fully-engage”
all students by challenging them with well-chosen pieces of
literature, appropriate writing assignments, and oral presentation
and viewing experiences. At each grade level, students study
elements of fiction, vocabulary, grammar and mechanics, and
writing conventions and forms.
Our goal is to provide a quality education which covers
the vital strands important to the study of English: an integration
of literature and reading skills, writing, speaking and listening,
and multi-media and language study. It is our goal that all
students who leave Edison will take with them a life-long
love of reading and writing and that they will be comfortable
speaking in interpersonal, small, and large group situations.
They should be able to write for personal and professional
purposes and for continued education. They should be able
to act as resourceful researchers and writers. This writing
should reflect the ability to generate ideas, think clearly,
compose fluently, and revise and edit for an audience.
Students should have a vocabulary suitable for their own
needs, should understand the history and structure of their
language, and should be able to use the conventions of grammar
correctly for their audiences.
We also believe that film is a form of art and literature
worthy of judicious classroom study. Students must learn to
evaluate the appeal of film and television as these media
have an ever-increasing impact on our personal and communal
Students should be familiar with the technology made available
to them at Thomas A. Edison High School. Through internet
research, power point presentations, and use of laptop computers,
they develop the personal initiative to use these resources
effectively. The English program encourages all students to
develop skills which will benefit them for a lifetime.
Members of the Department
Activities Supporting the English Program
The English Department offers classes in journalism , photojournalism, and creative writing. In addition, Edison publishes a yearbook, The Talon, a newspaper, The Current, and a literary magazine, The Erudite. Many English classes produce their own classroom anthologies of student work. Teachers frequently offer publication opportunities for students through Studentales.com
To complement the ongoing study of vocabulary and reading,
the English department participates in the Reasoning Skills
curriculum. This course prepares students for the Scholastic
Forensics and debate are offered as classes and as extra-curricular
activities. These speech activities encourage students to
compete in extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, oral interpretation
of their own or published work, dramatic interpretation, policy
debate, and Lincoln-Douglass debate. They participate in the
Northern Virginia Catholic Forensic League as well as the
Virginia High School League debate and forensics programs.
Our teams also attend competitions all over the United States;
several students will attend the Grand National competition
in Boston this spring.
Edison offers a full range of drama classes and productions,
as well as an IB Film Study curriculum. Students participate
in the annual Folger Shakespeare festival and write and produce
one-act plays. Students are encouraged by the English department
to participate in these fine-arts activities as an extension
of the English curriculum.
Students are encouraged to enter writing contests. Each year
the English Teachers Association of Northern Virginia (ETA/NV)
sponsors a writing competition for Fairfax County students.
The Virginia High School League (VHSL) evaluates student writing
in the areas of journalism and creative writing. These awards
are presented to publications at the annual VHSL Publications
Workshop in Richmond, VA in October. In addition to these,
students may enter the National Council of Teachers of English
(NCTE) writing contest. One teacher oversees the writing contest
brochures and keeps a bulletin board current.
Ninth-grade classes receive an orientation to the library.
The staff works with the department as needs arise for assistance
with research, book talks, or preparation of a reserve book
cart for a specific unit of study.
The English department is always welcome in the Career Center.
Classes may schedule a block in the center to learn about
careers and colleges and investigate the materials available
A bulletin board for the dissemination of information concerning
writing contests, travel abroad, English electives, and other
department materials is kept up-to-date in the main hallway
downstairs outside of Subschool I. In addition, teachers may
utilize the showcase at the end of the English hallway for
Teachers from the English department frequently coach student
speakers for the baccalaureate, honors convocation, and graduation