Extending a long tradition, Deerfield ninth graders, sophomores, and juniors share their expressive voices aloud in declamations. Tapping their own imaginations and perspectives, they engage with the written word and perform oral interpretations of the prose or poetry they have written or committed to memory. Seniors take on a slightly different challenge in crafting and reading aloud meditations, their extended reflections on the experiences and ideas that have shaped their unfolding lives.
Whether in detailing nuanced literary arguments, shaping sonnets, or sustaining narratives, Deerfield writers patiently attend to their emerging styles. Regardless of the genre in which they write, students first learn to engage with the syntax of sentences and to ensure the unity within and among paragraphs. Later, students develop concise long-form works, striving to express themselves with the confidence and distinctiveness that signals their readiness to embrace sophisticated demands as readers and thinkers.
Yes, several. The Deerfield Scroll, established in 1925, is the official student newspaper of Deerfield Academy. Albany Road is the literary and arts magazine. Little Brown House Review is an annual collection of some of the best writing at Deerfield.