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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:

Chinda Moua - Mirror editor of the 21/22 edition - is this year's recipient of the English Department's Outstanding Student Award.

Alexi Tao - her poem "Verse to Her" received the Editor's Choice Prize in this year's edition of the Mirror.

Our Mirror Editors from the 2022/2023 edition: Kelly Joachin Valdez and Ben Sheldon. Please check out this year's edition. We are very proud of it. The editors did fabulous work reflecting our school community! Here's a link. Staff and faculty are encouraged to submit any artisitic materials to The Mirror to be considered for publication:

Sara Tellez and Rahma Mohammed: on being chosen as the editors for the 2023/2024 edition. 

Our three Poetry Out Loud competitors: Esra Ismail, Angeline Patrick Pacheco, and Sara Tellez. Congrats and thanks for representing JHS at the state semi-final!


Look to the right to see the 2022/2023 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:

“Young people, don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”  - Michelle Obama