The KHS English Department seeks to develop student ability to read, think, write, and speak clearly and effectively in a variety of modes and situations while understanding, appreciating and embracing literature from diverse cultures. Students must be able to access, analyze, evaluate, and integrate information in a variety of forms as they acquire skills for the 21st century. Academic expectations in reading include an understanding of the text, the ability to develop an interpretation, and the ability to make connections to previous readings or experiences. In addition, students must be able to show evidence of critical insight. Student writing expectations at all levels and grades include demonstrating an understanding of voice, purpose, organization, content, and grammar. The expectation for student speech is met when the student demonstrates the ability to organize ideas, has a command of content, and effective presentation skills. English courses at Killingly High School are designed to provide students with the learning skills they will need throughout high school and beyond. A student must pass four years of English to graduate from Killingly High School. The English curriculum consists of a four-year sequence. Course work focuses on the skills of the Common Core State Standards. Summer reading is required in all English courses.