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:

    Alina Vang for taking 2nd in the State Poetry Out Loud competition. She came in second to the national champion! Alina finished top six in the state every year she competed and is going on to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities - good luck Alina! We'll miss you!

    Malik Khadar Recipient of the English Department's Outstanding Student Award.

    Samuel Osborne for being nominated for the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing!

    Lue Yang - this year's recipient of the Johnson Mirror Editor's Choice Prize for his poem, "A Pencil's Life"!

    Alina Vang and Sadie Wall for representing Johnson so well at the Poetry Out Loud competition held at The Loft Literary Center!

    Our Mirror Editors - Brandon Strickler, Kallie Chasengnou, Mai Xiong Khang, and Gisela Perez. Thank you for all your hard work to get Johnson students' voices out there!



    Scroll down to see a pdf of the 18/19 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. We like the "Random Poem" tab in the "Poems and Perfromance" section.

    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