Students in grades five through eight receive a solid foundation in expository writing and research skills. They also have ample opportunities to develop abilities in creative writing. At times, teachers require journal writing as a means of responding to literature, developing fluency, and allowing the student to pursue ideas without the inhibiting factors of correction and revision. Many assignments, both analytical and creative, are related to the literature read in and outside of class. Teachers emphasize the writing process and oversee prewriting, rough drafts, and revisions. Students often work in groups during many phases of the writing process. Research skills are taught and maintained in all grades under the guidance and coordination of the librarian.