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English

At MSSM, the study of Composition and English literature is the primary focus of our department. We expect students to look critically and carefully at text, and respond to it in a formal, written manner. Our primary goal is to prepare students for college, for academics, and for their future jobs. But here, English is also much more than simply learning the skills of analysis, synthesis, inquiry, and communication.

Our English teachers endeavor to help students develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, and to begin to see how and why their contributions to discourse matter. It is also an exercise in learning empathy, in contextualizing our language, and in exploring what it means to exist as a human being. Through a variety of literary experiences, students will encounter ideas that will challenge them, that will force them to examine historical and contemporary ideas, to face the dark places in the human experience, as well as the summits of our capacities.

Together, we learn how to critically read and think about nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, film, and literary theory/criticism. We work towards producing strong, clear, thorough writing about these forms and genres, as well as about our lives, thoughts, and experiences.


  • Honors Composition and Research
  • American Literature: The American Gothic
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • African American Literature
  • Coming of Age in Europe and North America
  • Early British Literature
  • Utopian Literature
  • Shakespeare: His Life and Works
  • Composition and Research
  • The Quest in Literature
  • World Literature
  • Composition and Literature: True Crime and the Angel of History


English Department

Mr. Patric Hamilton

Degrees: BA
MA/English w/Creative Writing Focus

Mr. Michael McCartney

Degrees: BA
MA
BA

Mr. Gerard O'Keefe

Degrees: B.A.
M.S.

Dr. Sarah Ruddy

Degrees: BA/Creative Writing
MA/Poetics
PhD/Literature & Cultural Studies
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