English Department

  • Welcome to the Johnson High School English Department which cultivates the acquisition of language arts skills by actively engaging students in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  Students improve their skills in comprehending and analyzing the literature of the United States and the world.  All non-elective English classes meet the Minnesota Academic Standards in Language Arts.  Johnson students also have the opportunity to earn University of Minnesota credits at Johnson by taking the College in the Schools (CIS) Composition and Modern Literature classes. We also offer Advanced Placement Literature and Advanced Placement Language classes. Students are required to accumulate a minimum of four English credits per year.

    Johnson English Department Eastside Pride - Congratulations go to:

    Malia Peterson this year's recipient of the English Department's Outstanding Student Award.

    Grace Balang - this year's recipient of the Johnson Mirror Editor's Choice Prize for her poem, "You can see but are truly blind."

    Our Mirror Editors from the 2019/2020 edition: Lillianna Vang and Mai Xiong Yang. Their hard work got them a ranking of Excellent from the National Council of Teachers of English! Great job editors!

    Ma Chang and Nang Thao: Editors of the 2020/2021 Mirror. They have so much to be proud of! Despite a pandemic and learning remotely, these two gathered together the creative work of students and got The Mirror published, and it looks fabulous! Well done!


    Look to the right to see the 2020/2021 edition of the Johnson Mirror.

    The Johnson English Department is a big fan of Poetry Out Loud. Click on the link and check out some poems. The website is full of "gems." A good place to start is under the "Find Poems" tab in "Browse Collections."

    Please click on English Staff and meet the individual faculty members from our department.

    A thought before you go:

    “Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson