The English department at Linden Hall is dedicated to bringing the world to our students through literature. We read and analyze classic and contemporary literature from around the world. We believe that the more students read and write, the more they empathize and think critically. Students' work in literature courses is informed by cross-curricular study in other academic areas: history, the arts, math, and science. Through interdisciplinary study, students understand how genre, history, form, and content influence and impact one another. Our students become more successful communicators through reflective, analytical, expository, and creative writing. At each level, students engage in both short-term and more in-depth, long-term writing assignments. Each Upper School student gives a yearly speech in front of the entire student body – the underclass-women during assembly, the Seniors during chapel.
Beginning in grade 9, students who earn a B+ or better average in the preceding class and are recommended by the department may be eligible for Honors or AP level coursework.
AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition are offered in alternating years and are open to students in grades 11 and 12 when invited by the department.
Honors Topics in Literature course titles vary by year, and have included Honors World Literature and Honors Women's Literature. Honors Literature may not be available every year, depending upon student needs and teacher availability.
The Echo, which is published annually in the spring, is Linden Hall's literary magazine. It features student writing and visual artwork from both the upper and middle school. The Echo is the oldest continually published women's literary magazine in the United States, dating from 1897.