The English curriculum at BB&N is intended to teach students to read with pleasure and insight and to write with clarity and confidence. The department aims for its students to learn, with increasing skill, to recognize the differences between the profound and the superficial, the eloquent and the awkward, the sincere and the glib.The English program reflects a belief in the value of reading widely and deeply in a variety of literary forms, traditional and innovative, and from several periods, ancient and modern. The faculty believes that writing, both expository and creative, improves with practice and constant attention to basic skills. In grades 9 through 12, students are asked to understand, with increasing sophistication, the essential relationship between form and content and to appreciate the power and beauty of language. The study of grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax and vocabulary is stressed in grades 7 through 10, and reinforced in grades 11 and 12.