English courses at Robert Louis Stevenson help students develop both reading and writing skills. The Literature offered is expansive and includes work from various time periods and cultures including Shakespeare, American literature, contemporary literature and British literature. Students are encouraged to become lifelong readers and are given the opportunity to read literature that is not only required as part of the curriculum, but they are also asked to choose their own books as part of independent reading. In addition to the rich literature that students are introduced to, they also develop their writing skills. Teachers work with students to help them become better analytical writers, putting emphasis on the five paragraph essay. Students also learn other writing styles, such as self reflective pieces.