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)
- Need Help? SUMMER READING TIPS AND TRICKS
- Want to read it online? Crime and Punishment Full Text
Materials to be used in class from August/September:
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
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!
- Pay careful attention to the prompt. What is it asking you to do? You need to figure out what your analysis must consist of.
- 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.
- Provide details when you give evidence. You cannot be vague.
- 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.
- AVOID first and second person.
- Do not ignore the hook and the conclusion. They should be interesting, creative, and engaging.
Below is a list of the main issues with our College Entrance Essay assignment.
- Comma use / run-on sentences
- Switching verb tense when the writer really shouldn’t
- Failure to transition smoothly, both between and within paragraphs
- 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.
- 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.