11th Grade

English

Juniors at Moses Brown examine the American experience through the lens of literature, with special attention to the cultural and historical context that gave rise to specific works of art.  Whether studying The Great Gatsby, Leaves of Grass, or works by Thoreau, Emerson, Dickinson, or Toni Morrison, students are challenged to regularly produce papers displaying original literary analysis.

Central to the eleventh grade experience is the ‘I-Search,’ which pushes students to deeply explore an area of personal interest.  With interviews, primary and secondary sources, and exhaustive research, students create a reflective work of great personal meaning.  After the first quarter, ambitious students may apply for the honors English program, which will add complex and challenging assignments to prepare them for AP English and advanced electives.

Some juniors may be encouraged by their teachers to take Advanced Placement exams in spring.  Juniors displaying a passion and aptitude may take a second English course as an elective, on a space available basis and with permission of the Registrar.

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Faculty

Karen Lustig

Upper School English

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Karen Lustig

Smith College – A.B.
University of Rhode Island – M.A.

Abby Phyfe

Upper School English and Junior Dean

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Abby Phyfe

Duke University – B.A.
University of Virginia – M.A.

Meg Fifer

Upper School English and Freshman Dean

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Meg Fifer

Brown University – B.A.
Columbia University (Teachers College) – M.A.

Michael Himelfarb

Upper School English and Upper School English Department Chair

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Michael Himelfarb

Princeton University – A.B.

Lenke Wood

Upper School English

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Lenke Wood

Williams College – B.A.
Brown University – M.A.T.
Middlebury College – M.A.

Claudia Perlini

Upper School English

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Claudia Perlini

University of Florida – B.A.
M.Ed. – Harvard Graduate School of Education

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