Mr. Stratton offers new perspective to his students

By Tristan Ange

Mr. Stratton is an iconic role model for a all students wishing to progress in English.

He offers classes comprised of Honors English 10 and Enriched English 11. Both classes contain an ethic that is far beyond the expectation of the student, creating an adequate preparation for upper class and college courses.

Guaranteed novels to read for his tenth grade class are “1984” by George Orwell, “Othello” and “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury. Novels in eleventh grade consists of short stories from a class literature book and “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Discussions among teachers and classmates are a common norm in an educational setting, but Stratton takes it further by providing in depth, elaborate answers and asks questions that most teachers would not dare to ask.

A constructive mind is a must for this class, and if not, do not worry for you will catch on fast. Intuition and a bright tumultuous vocabulary will be apprehended within the first few weeks.

Cheating: do not even think about it. Cheating is on Stratton’s long list of no’s for he always requires students to write their essays in class. A tactic such as this is a prominent tool for the crafting of young students; rehearsing the mind to become responsible, self-reliant and incredibly independent. Websites such as Schmoop and Spark Notes are constantly checked and documented, creating assurance for his students that there will be no easy way out. Working hard and crafting thorough one’s work is a primary goal for Stratton.

The facts remain structural for his many years as an English teacher at Stow High School provide sufficient and well rounded evidence. Many teachers go to this man for help and advice to achieve for their students the same outcome and incentives he displays in his own. He is a legendary icon here at Stow High.


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