Student Receives Autographed J. Picoult Novel for FREE

Heena Gandevia, a BHS senior, received a copy of Jodi Picoult’s novel The Pact today from Lally’s Literati, the BHS book-buying program. (To sign up, and get discounted or free books yourself, click HERE) An even better surprise was when she found that the book was signed by Picoult herself! See below. And Ms. Gandevia received this book for free. If interested, join up today!

Poetry Out Loud is Coming! We Can Help!

The English Department has just compiled a list of favorite poems from the Poetry Out Loud website. If you find yourself struggling to find a poem that you like, we’ve provided a list of 50+ poems that we like, for whatever reason. Let’s face it – the Poetry Out Loud website can be overwhelming. We hope our list helps you find a poem you like.

To check it out, click HERE – or find the link in the header menu under “Resources”

Another Writing Contest – for Sci-Fi / Fantasy

The people at Arisia Incorporated, in Cambridge, are running a writing contest for sci-fi or fantasy short stories (3000 words max.). The contest is only open to New England high schoolers. This year’s theme is “emphasizing character strength in the face of chaos”, and the top prize is $250. Submit your entries to or see THEIR WEBSITE for more details. You will also find their press release up on the wall in the English hallway.

DEADLINE: December 21st


Bingo Night TONIGHT (Nov 19)

The Class of 2013 annual
The BHS Cafeteria
Gifts Cards and Prizes from:
Best Buy, Hollywood Tans, 
The Ninety Nine Restaurant, 
Chili’s, Bickfords, Subway, The School Store, 
Cold Stone Creamery, BGood, Dunkin Donuts, 
Starbucks, Game Stop, 
and more,,,
$5 a board for a chance to win!!!
Faculty, Staff, and their families are welcome!

Course Changes for 2013-14

The English Department wishes to announce a few modifications to our course offerings effective next year (2013-14)

The name of our required courses for grades 9 & 10 will change from Structure in Language and Literature I & II to Introduction to Literature I & II

Creative Writing: Poetry – The prerequisite requirement of completing Creative Writing: Fiction has been dropped. This class is now also open to sophomores, and will be offered at the College Prep. level. This course is now available during either the fall or the spring.

Drama & Advanced Drama – Drama will now be available to freshmen, and Advanced Drama will be made available to sophomores. Both courses now meet the Exploratory requirement.

Our website now reflects the updated course names and eligibility going into our next school year.

A Blitz of Book-to Movie Adaptations

Here’s a collection of some of the trailers from noteworthy literary adaptations that have come out recently, or are slated to come out in the next few months. (Worth noting that if you include our in-house production of “Les Miserables,” all of these titles are offered at BHS, or have been in the last 5 years)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

American Author Philip Roth Retires from Writing

Philip Roth, arguably the greatest living American novelist, has retired at the age of 78. Roth is the author of over 25 novels, and he has received nearly every significant literary prize worth winning. In 2006, the New York Times Book Review asked a wide selection of authors, critics and editors to select the greatest novel of the previous 25 years. The ensuing article listed the top 22 novels selected by this panel. Six of them were written by Roth.

To read more about his retirement, click HERE

And for some suggested titles if you are interested in his works, you might start with:
American Pastoral
The Human Stain
The Plot Against America

World Book Night Information

Here is a short video from World Book Night last year explaining the purpose of World Book Night

And HERE is a link to the article that ran last year in the Boston Globe, which featured Burlington High’s participation in the event.

We are brainstorming new ways to distribute whichever titles we receive this year, including contests and scavenger hunts. Stay tuned!