English

english class

Developing an appreciation for literature and fictional characters helps us become thoughtful and engaged members of the global community who better understand and empathize with real people.

JAMES MOORE, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Overview

Blair’s English department teaches students to read closely and perceptively, write clearly and incisively, and speak confidently and effectively, while helping them acquire a familiarity with and appreciation for English, American and world literature. We emphasize the development and practice of rhetorical skills, social awareness and empathy that will serve students well throughout their lives.

Students write regularly about themselves, their communities, and the characters and ideas they encounter in literature. Bolstered by regular exploration of grammar and rhetoric, they construct and revise essays, short stories, poetry and, as part of our focus on public speaking, scripts for The Blair Leadership Stories Project and the annual sophomore and senior public speaking contests. Seniors may choose to spend the spring term in English 4 Capstone, which allows them to conceive, develop and present significant writing projects on topics of their choice.

Our reading lists provide grounding in important fundamental texts of the anglophone literary tradition and exposure to a diversity of voices, old and new. In the first three years, for example, all classes study Shakespeare and also more contemporary works. Recent English 4 electives have explored a range of narrower topics, including Homer’s The Odyssey, modern drama, the Harlem Renaissance, dystopian literature, and novels and the films they inspired. 

Meet the Faculty

Meet Blair's English Department

James Moore

James Moore

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Robert Brandwood

Robert Brandwood

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Douglass Compton

Douglass Compton

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Carolyn Conforti-Browse

Carolyn Conforti-Browse

Titles: Dean of Campus Life, Director of Leadership Programs
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Craig Evans

Craig Evans

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Kaye Evans

Kaye Evans

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Molly Hoyer

Molly Hoyer

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Rebecca Litvin

Rebecca Litvin

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Carter Lorant

Carter Lorant

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David Mamukelashvili

David Mamukelashvili

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Sarah O'Neil

Sarah O'Neil

Titles: Faculty, Health/Wellness Education
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Thomas Parauda

Thomas Parauda

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John Redos

John Redos

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Courses

  • English 1, 2 & 3
  • English 3 AP English Literature
  • Senior English
  • English 4 AP English Literature
  • English 4 AP English Language
    • Horror
    • Dystopian Literature
    • The Meaning of Life
    • Narrative Writing
    • Three Shakespeare Plays
    • Religious Themes in Modern Literature
    • Women & Wit
  • English 4 Capstone
  • America at War: Conflicts That Shaped a Nation

Beyond the Classroom

  • Filming Blair Leadership Stories as freshmen & seniors
  • Sophomore & senior public speaking contests
  • Debate Team
  • Book Club
  • AP Literature critique & defense of Shakespeare essays
  • Workshops with writers in residence
  • All-school summer read
  • Weekly student Chapel talks
  • Weekly School Meeting announcements
  • Literary magazine, Between the Lines
  • Online student newspaper, The Oracle
  • Blair yearbook, the ACTA