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75 years of rigorous, classical education


Literary analysis and the articulation of ideas in written and verbal form constitute the basis of the English curriculum at St. Anselm's Abbey School.

Department Overview

The English department of St. Anselm's Abbey School recognizes that its mission involves working with students of above-average academic ability who enjoy the challenge of producing high quality work. The department also recognizes that students' varying degrees of ability and areas of interest occasionally demand that teachers meet individual challenges in order to help each student develop to the best of his ability.

Generally speaking, the English faculty presents the study of literature primarily as a means of personal fulfillment, while student success in composition, speaking, and listening is seen more as a necessary, practical achievement. These objectives guide the faculty's teaching and are mastered sequentially by the students from Form A through Form VI.

Curriculum Sequence

Form A Introduction to Composition, Grammar, and Literature
Form I English I
Form II English II
Form III English: Literature and Composition I
Form IV English: Literature and Composition II
Form V AP Language & Composition (1 semester); Choice of Elective
Forms V & VI

Recent AP Literature and Composition electives include The Bonds of Culture; Voices from the Wasteland; Shakespeare's History Plays; Literature from the American South; Portraits in Villainy in Literature; African-American Literature; Representations of Women in Literature; Moby Dick and the American Renaissance; Inner Conflicts in Literature; Literature of The Greatest Generation; The Modern American Experience; Magic Realism; Heroes, Rebels, and Exiles in Literature; Logic and Morality in Literature; and Conceptions of Leadership in Literature. A non-AP Literature elective in reading and writing poetry and short story is offered every Spring semester.

To prepare for the AP Literature and Composition test, AP essay prompts and AP objective questions will be administered, assessed, and reviewed.

Course Descriptions

English Faculty

Ms. Janine Dunne, Department Chair
Form II English; AP English Language & Composition; AP English Literature & Composition
M.A., New York University
B.A., Virginia Tech

Mrs. Nancy Cholis
AP English Language & Composition; AP English Literature & Composition
M.A.L.S., American Literature, Georgetown University
B.A., Humanistic Studies and History, St. Mary's College (Notre Dame, Ind.)
Mr. Hal DeLuca
Form A English
M.A., Duquesne University
M.A.T., George Washington University
B.A., Rutgers University

Mr. James Leathers, '04
Form I English
M.S., Education, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., English, University of Maryland

Dr. Michael Manglitz, '00
AP Literature & Composition
Ph.D. English Language and Literature, The Catholic University of America
M.A., English Literature, The Catholic University of America
M.Ed., Reading Instruction, Goucher College
B.A., English Literature & Secondary Education, Goucher College

Mr. Michael McCarthy
AP English Literature & Composition
M.S.Ed., Johns Hopkins University
M.A.T., Secondary Education, Trinity University
B.A., English Literature, Belmont Abbey College

Mr. Alex Morse
Form IV English
M.A., English, Georgetown University
B.A., English, George Mason University

Mr. Jonathan Vaile
Form III English; AP English Literature & Composition
M.A., Literature, George Mason University
B.A., Literature & Psychology, Randolph-Macon College

Poetry Out Loud

Video: St. Anselm's English students recite Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken" in a video to promote the annual Poetry Out Loud project.