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 take 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; however, they are encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirement and further improve their communication skills through additional study.

    Johnson English Department Eastside Pride - Congratulations go to:

    Isabel Patrick Pacheco for receiving the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award for Superior Writing! 106 students received this national recognition from 517 entrants. 

    Henry Wieffering for being nominated for the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing!

    Diana Yang - this year's recipient of the Johnson Mirror Editor's Choice Prize!

    The 15/16 Mirror for recieving a certificate of "Excellence" from the National Council of Teachers of English

    Alina Vang and Lue Yang for representing Johnson at the Poetry Out Loud competition held at The Loft Literary Center!

    Alina Vang for being one of the 6 finalists in the state Poetry Out Loud competition for the second year in a row!

    Lue Yang for being one of 10 competitors chosen to become Saint Paul Youth Poet Laureate - a Competition put on by TruArtSpeaks

    Graduating Mirror editors emeritas: Isabel Patrick Pacheo and Mai Moua Thao - thanks for all your hard work!


    Scroll down to see a pdf of the 17/18 edition of the Johnson Mirror.

    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