ISHALL: English

Intensive Studies of Humanities, Art, Language and Literature

Grades 7-9

PROGRAM BEGINS: Fall Semester 2019



ISHALL, in partnership with the Department of English, the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, and Office of University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University provides classroom instruction for qualified middle school students in grades 7-9. ISHALL is designed so that the participating students will complete in two years the English content assigned in Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE) for all four years of high school as well as meet the Common Core National Standards.

Students study a wide range of texts and media in literature and the humanities including novels, biographies, plays, poetry, and film. Students will also be exposed to a variety of different historical movements and types of literature, such as romanticism, enlightenment, Shakespearean drama, and comedy, in addition to modern works.

Below is the ISHALL schedule and the equivalent curriculum covered in the two year program:

ISHALL Schedule:   Curriculum Covered:
Semester 1 (Fall, Year 1) = Grade 9 English
Semester 2 (Spring, Year 1) = Grade 10 English
Semester 3 (Fall, Year 2) = Grade 11 English
Semester 4 (Spring, Year 2) = Grade 12 English

Students must begin ISHALL with the Grade 9 English curriculum. Bypassing one or more courses is not allowed.


Faculty in Michigan State University's Departments of English and Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures teach ISHALL.

Student Advantages

  • The accelerated program allows students to complete the traditional four-year high school language arts program in two years.
  • The time freed by the program gives students more options, including honors/AP/IB classes or dual enrollment in college courses.
  • Students have the opportunity to work with university professors in a small class setting.
  • Enrichment experiences, such as attending theatrical performances, may be available.