English classes push our students to become better readers while strengthening critical thinking skills through engaging reading and writing projects. Literature can be used as a tool for understanding the past and present while expanding the possibilities of the future.

Is it possible to find liberation within an oppressive system?


a person who works for or engages in political revolution.


the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release; freedom from any limitations on a person’s behavior or way of life.

Oppressive System:

a system that unjustly inflicts hardship and constraint, especially on a minority or other subordinate group.

Hialeah learned about the revolutionary, Fred Hampton, as part of Revolutionary Research Project in Ms. Odu's 9th grade English class.

Savannah reflects on her 9th grade English research project covering The Black Panther Party.

Fred Hampton

Student, Hialeah Martin, conducted a presentation about Fred Hampton for her project.

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Malcolm X

Student, Suleymi Gonzalez, conducted a presentation about The Black Panther Party for her project.

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The Black Panther Party

Student, Savannah Pernell, conducted a presentation about The Black Panther Party for her project.

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Literature Magazine

Ten writers. Ten Pieces. All from the tenth grade. Click the picture to read the collection of writings.

Reading for style, author's context

Argumentative essay/claim

Essay rewrites

Writing with brevity

Research essay

Reading for theme and character

Annotation Skills

Sentence structure Paragraph

Use of evidence

Five paragraph essay

Stack of Books

Reading and writing through a critical lens

Reading with historical and cultural context

Research writing

Reading for structure, style, voice and author's craft

Close Reading Skills

Best evident paragraph

Independent reading and annotation

Thesis and five paragraph essay

Writing to persuade