9th Grade

English

At Moses Brown, all ninth graders take a year-long course in English that aims to establish a foundation of critical thinking, reading, and writing through a shared literary and rhetorical experience.

Students read, analyze, and discuss classic texts like Macbeth, Antigone, and collections of poems, essays, and short stories.  They regularly memorize and perform Shakespeare to understand how the lived performance is essential to understanding the art, and how Shakespeare’s verse flows naturally when spoken aloud.

Through Harkness discussions in which students are judged for the quality of their discourse, regular writing assignments, and personal reflection, students develop their analytical voices and ability to read closely and critically.

In examining the mechanics and psychology of powerful writing, they dive into the world of advertising and copywriting, dissecting the techniques marketers use to make a message jump off the page, billboard, and grocery shelf.

Through analytical essays, position papers, and creative work, their writing assignments challenge students to think clearly, argue persuasively, and express themselves with clarity and precision.

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Faculty

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.

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.

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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