The English Department seeks to create culturally literate students who value academic as well as artistic literature; effective fluent readers that read with comprehension, analysis, and synthesis; strong writers and speakers who are clear, concise, and appeal to their audience; and active listeners and critical thinkers who research and evaluate information carefully.
By graduation, students should be able to:

  • understand that communication skills developed in English are equal to and interconnected with communication inherent in the visual/media/performing arts.
  • appreciate and understand the power of language and use its craft (both in writing and orally) to argue, persuade, inform, and entertain.
  • be confident iheren ability to think, read, write, and discuss a variety of topics and issues (including the visual/media/performing arts).
  • read, understand, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and cite information from a variety of texts (functional, prose, poetry, and drama).
  • write process and on-demand pieces in a variety of forms and structures that are authentic, creative, and structurally correct.


The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance for students in writing formal papers in all of their academic and arts classes. In addition, it should serve to familiarize students with the kind of writing that will be expected of them in college. Part One of this document displays and explains the format for all formal papers at SCPA. Unless otherwise instructed by your teacher, all formal papers at SCPA should use this format. Additionally, the remainder of the booklet discusses and explains a variety of topics related to the idea of producing great writing. Included in this information are a description of the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation as well as the correct citation method of the American Psychological Association (APA) and how to use them in your papers.


Nicole Cantalupo
B.A. San Diego State University
M.A. San Diego State University
Ext. 4131

Michelle Forbes
B.S. Ohio State University
Ext. 4501

Geneva McCoy
B.A. San Diego State University
M.A. San Diego State University
Ext. 4129

Bridget Persons
Department Co-Chair
B.A. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
M.A. Chapman University
Ext. 4127

Michelle Stewart
Department Co-Chair
B.A. San Diego State University
M.A. National University
Ext. 4133

Susie Strasser
B.A. University of California Davis
M.Ed. University of California San Diego
Ext. 4301

Lindsay Ten
B.A. San Diego State University
M.Ed. University of Phoenix
Ext. 4302

Lynda Young
B.A. University of California San Diego
Ext. 4130

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