About MrsLamp88

Carly (Stahmer) Lamp graduated from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a BA in English and a teaching certificate in secondary English education. Since the fall of 2011, Mrs. Lamp has been teaching English literature and composition courses at Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. She currently teaches AP Lit. and Comp. and English 11. Mrs. Lamp also coaches the Academic Decathlon team and runs the AHS ACT Prep Club. Some of her favorite novels include... American Psycho (Ellis) Beloved (Morison) Wide Sargasso Sea (Rhys) All the Pretty Horses (McCarthy) A Farewell to Arms (Hemingway) High Fidelity (Hornby) Heart of Darkness (Conrad) The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) Catch-22 (Heller) Moby Dick (Melville) The Portrait of a Lady (James) Midnight's Children (Rushdie)

AP Summer Reading Unit

August/September (2018): TO DO

  • Everyone must read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • I recommend the Barnes and Nobel Classics version (easier to follow names)
    • Take notes for sure, and perhaps fill out a Story Elements Worksheet (printable) to help you study/recall the novel later.
  • Incoming Juniors: You must ALSO read ONE of the following:
    • The Awakening (Chopin)
    • The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)
    • The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)
    • The Crucible (Miller)
  • Incoming Seniors: You must RE-READ ONE of the following:
    • The Lord of the Flies (Golding)
    • To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    • Night (Wiesel)
    • Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)
  • Want to read it online? Crime and Punishment Full Text

Materials to be used in class from August/September:


Choice Novel Unit

English 11: Q4 Novel

Unit Calendar (Huck Finn/The Awakening)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Jim (Huckleberry Finn) - Wikipedia

The Awakening










Outline for Struggling Students

APA Citation and Formatting Unit

Converting MLA to APA (updated 4/19/2018)

  • In this unit, we will write an APA formatted paper using our persuasive speech outline and Works Cited page as a starting point.
  • APA Sample Communication Paper / Template
  • In-text citation and a full References page are REQUIRED. Papers that do not attempt to cite will earn no more than 50% credit.
  • This APA paper is due by the end of class, PRINTED OUT, on Friday, April 20th.
  • If you will be absent Friday, the paper is still due. Absent students must email papers to me by no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, April 20th.
  • APA Paper Rubric

AP Poetry Unit 2 (American Poetry)

Printable Unit Packet

TP-CAST Worksheets

Poems: Text (and audio, when available)

  1. Thanatopsis (text)
  2. A Psalm of Life (text)
  3. O Captain! My Captain! (text)
  4. Each and All (text with notes)
  5. The Raven (text with notes)
  6. Bury Me in a Free Land (text)
  7. War Is Kind (text)
  8. Because I Could Not Stop for Death (text)
  9. We Wear the Mask (text)
  10. Sympathy (text)
  11. Chicago (text)
  12. Dawn (PDF)
  13. Poetry (text)
  14. The Snow Man (audio and text)
  15. Acquainted with the Night (text)
  16. Love Is Not All (text)
  17. If We Must Die (audio)
  18. I, Too (audio)
  19. As I Walked Out One Evening (audio)
  20. a total stranger one black day (text)
  21. Skunk Hour (text)
  22. Those Winter Sundays (text)
  23. One Art (text)


Thanatopsis TPCAST 1Thanatopsis TPCAST 2

Essay Ambulance (AP) 3/27/18

Comments on the In-Class Essays (Choice Novel)

Dear AP students,

If you are wondering what you can do in order to improve, look over the suggestions below. You may also want to go back over your essay and see where it fell short. This is very important in terms of learning and growing as a writer!

  1. Pay careful attention to the prompt. What is it asking you to do? You need to figure out what your analysis must consist of.
  2. If you are being asked about purpose or effect, you cannot simply list the times or ways something appears in the text. You must go deeper, explaining the PURPOSE or EFFECT of that element.
  3. Provide details when you give evidence. You cannot be vague.
  4. Make sure your evidence and analysis clearly links back to A) the claim of the paragraph, and B) the thesis. You can ensure this by adding a warrant.
  5. AVOID first and second person.
  6. Do not ignore the hook and the conclusion. They should be interesting, creative, and engaging.

AP 1984 Unit

1984 (Novel)

20 Days

Essay Ambulance, 3/26/2018

Below is a list of the main issues with our College Entrance Essay assignment.

  1. Comma use / run-on sentences
  2. Switching verb tense when the writer really shouldn’t
  3. Failure to transition smoothly, both between and within paragraphs
  4. Failure to make a NEW PARAGRAPH when the writer switched focus, made a time or location change, or when a person/people entered or left the scene.
  5. Failure to SHOW rather than tell. Writers should try to provide details, describe emotion, and include vivid imagery. Writers should not just sit there and write what amounts to a dispassionate and boring list of things that happened.

The Catcher in the Rye Journal Questions

What Should I Write in My Cornell Notes?


  • Take notes (using pen) on lined paper.
  • You can use the questions as a guide to the types of notes a good reader would take.
  • After jotting down a note, write down the corresponding page number in the left-hand margin.
  • Important!
    • Your notes should make sense if some random person picked them up and read them.
    • Write complete sentences.
    • Consider leaving space at the bottom to add class discussion/lecture notes.

Chapters 1-4

  1. Describe Holden’s personality.
  2. How can readers tell Holden is an anti-hero?
  3. Is Holden right to think Mr. Spencer is being fake when he calls Holden’s parents grand? Explain your thinking.
  4. How can one tell Mr. Spencer actually cares about Holden?
  5. How can one tell Holden is depressed?
  6. What types of people does Holden seem to hate?
  7. How do Ackley and Stradlater bring out some of Holden’s own qualities (either by being similar or different)?
  8. Why won’t Holden go down to see Jane?

Chapters 5-8

  1. Who is Allie, and how did Holden react to his death?
  2. Why is Holden so upset about Stradlater’s date with Jane?
  3. Does he have good reason to be worried about it?
  4. How can you tell Holden feeling very lonesome and depressed?
  5. Why is he feeling so down?
  6. Why would Holden start thinking about joining a monastery at this point?
  7. Describe how Holden feels about Mrs. Morrow.
  8. Why does he keep lying to Mrs. Morrow?

Chapters 9-12

  1. How does Holden feel about sex?
  2. Why does Holden call Faith Cavendish instead of Jane?
  3. What does Holden emphasize about Phoebe?
  4. What was so awful about Bernice, Marty, and Laverne?
  5. Describe Holden’s relationship with Jane and how he feels about her.
  6. Holden keeps asking about the ducks. What deeper significance do you think this has?
  7. Explain how the young couples and Lillian Simmons help prove Holden’s point about the place being full of jerks.
  8. What bothers Holden about Ernie’s playing?

Chapters 13-16

  1. Why does Holden think he is “yellow”?
  2. Why does Holden kind of want to have the prostitute come up to his room?
  3. Is Holden a coward in the scene when Maurice comes to get another five bucks from him? Explain your reasoning.
  4. How does Maurice demonstrate Holden’s belief that the adult world is cruel?
  5. How does Holden reveal his depression in these chapters?
  6. What is Holden saying about class and religion (Chapter 15)?
  7. How can one tell Salinger/Holden feels children are good?
  8. Why did Holden like the museum so much?

Chapters 17-19

  1. What is so fake about the people in the lobby and George from Andover?
  2. What is Holden trying to explain to Sally when they are sitting down at the skating rink?
  3. How do Holden’s feelings about Sally change throughout the date?
  4. Why do his feelings for Sally change like this?
  5. Why doesn’t Holden like the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall?
  6. How did D. B. feel about the army and the war?
  7. Explain how you can figure out what “flit” means just by using context clues.
  8. Is Holden really being childish when he’s talking to Carl Luce? Why or why not?

Chapters 20-23

  1. Holden is so lonesome and depressed that he cries in chapter 20. Can you find a few things in the chapter leading up to him crying that highlight how he is alienated and alone?
  2. After Holden looks for the ducks in Central Park, he starts thinking of Allie being dead and worrying he may be dying. Explain how these two things (the ducks and death) are connected.
  3. Can you give some evidence of Phoebe’s love and youthful innocence really lifting Holden’s spirits?
  4. What really upset Holden about Pencey?
  5. What happened to James Castle, and why would Holden be thinking about him now?
  6. Look up the real words to the Robert Burns poem “Comin thro’ the Rye.” What is it really about?
  7. What is the deeper meaning behind Holden saying he wants to be a catcher in the rye?
  8. Can you explain why Holden might have misheard the words to the Burns poem/song?

Chapters 24-26

  1. Explain the advice Mr. Antolini gives Holden.
  2. Why might Holden have reacted so strongly to Mr. Antolini patting his head?
  3. Why might Holden imagine he’s falling through the pavement?
  4. Why do the curse words on the wall bother Holden so much?
  5. How does Phoebe force Holden to act like a grown-up when she brings her bags to the museum?
  6. Why is Holden so happy watching Phoebe on the carousel?
  7. Why didn’t Holden himself ride with Phoebe? What does this show?
  8. Is Holden moving forward from his alienation and depression by the end of the novel?

Summer Reading Tips

How to tackle summer reading…

  • Start early!
  • Have a reading buddy (either in real life, or on the internet – Goodreads is a good place to talk about books with others online).
  • Set a time every night to read, and read for at least 20 minutes.
  • Find something to enjoy about each book.
  • Use the internet to figure out who all the characters are before you even begin to read.
  • Read the “boring” ones first; then, when you are running out of steam at the end, at least you will be reading a book you are motivated to read.
  • Use an audio book! Try libravox or CC prose.

Tips for doing well on the summer reading exam…

  • Seriously – Spark Notes (or any other resource) is no substitute for reading.
  • READ the novel. A movie, study video, or study site will not prepare you for the exam.
  • Look up anything that doesn’t make sense.
  • Study along the way – don’t cram!
  • Take notes as you read, and then review once a week. Let it sink in over the whole summer! Try checking out our Unit Packet (posted above)
  • Don’t slack off or get behind schedule! You don’t want to have to try to read everything in two weeks!