Having acquired confidence as young readers in Pardue Hall, students in Lane begin to make the transition from "children's literature" to more challenging works written for young adults. Students also begin to survey and enjoy the full range of literary genres, including poetry and drama as well as the short story and novel.
The Intermediate School writing curriculum gives students creative opportunities to work in various genres, although the primary emphasis remains on the expository essay. We ensure that Intermediate School students master the fundamentals of grammar, syntax, and paragraph organization, which they will need in high school and beyond.
In formal speech classes, girls learn to be comfortable and confident in front of their classmates. Through writing and presenting demonstrative and persuasive speeches, students develop oral communication skills which supplement and complement their study of writing techniques.