Thursday, July 31, 2008

Summer Reading

Hey Folks,
You will need to talk about your texts when we get back to school. You don't have to turn in any writing to begin with...but you should be able to use CLAIM/EVIDENCE/WARRANT to talk about your text and what makes in literary or commercial.
Also be thinking in terms of why you chose the books you did. Talk about that as well.

Your AP English 12 teachers are expecting you to have developed an organizational method that works for you. You need to be able to store materials (those we give you and those you produce) in an effective manner. You have to be able to lay your hands on the things you will need.

We also expect that you have mastered an annotation method that works for you. Use it.

Lastly (at least for now), remember that AP English 12 is intended to take the place of your Freshman English class in college. As such, we are expecting that you have the skills and desire to be a self-motivated learner. We should not have to tell you, for instance, that we expect you to have all the materials you need when needed and that we expect you to take notes on what we cover in class.

I'll be checking my email again tomorrow!

Last Day of July!

I'll be checking email and responding tomorrow. I hope you are making good progress on your summer project.
I strongly urge people to annotate their literary fiction. Use a method with which you are most adept. I would also urge you to be taking notes about your commercial fiction which demonstrate what makes that piece commercial. Claim/Evidence/Warrant is the best way to go!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

July 15th

Well folks,
I hope your summer reading is progressing well.
I have posted answers to the questions that I have received via email.
Keep moving forward.

I'll check my email again August 1st.


Monday, July 14, 2008


Hey folks,
AP English 12 focuses on FICTION.
Remember that the literary and commercial books need to be FICTION. (a novel or a full-length play--no self-help, no biography or autobiography, no "how to" work, etc.) For the commercial fiction, choose a book that you've been wanting to read!

Friday, July 11, 2008


Hey folks,
My assumption is that students who have made it into AP English 12 have learned how to annotate.
I further surmise that students have a way they prefer to annotate.
I also expect that students will be able to demonstrate a willingness to use different forms of annotation when directed to do so.
Students who don't know how to annotate should check their notes, check online for ideas, and check with their peers for help this summer.
Come fall, those students should check with their teacher for additional help.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Another Question about the Reader's Notebook

The reader’s notebook is meant to be a document that you go back to and add more information as you learn more about the analysis of literature.

Right now, you don’t have much information about old AP questions—so if you want to be on the safe side, leave it blank.

If you are adventurous, however, then perhaps you might think of some of the questions that you had on this year’s test and see if you can figure out what might be asked about the book.

Save the notebook on your computer as this will making revising it much easier. Remember to back it up at least twice!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

July 1st

Hey Folks,
It's July 1st and I checked my email today.
The question was raised about the reader's notebook and what to do with the commercial book.

Here's my response:
I would like you to have five “literary” texts for your reader’s notebook. The list of books can include literary texts that you have read in other classes: Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Antigone for instance.

I don’t know what types of books you read for enjoyment. Some of you may read literary fiction for enjoyment, but most probably read commercial; the books for your reader’s notebook should be “literary.”

Read the commercial book for pleasure, but also be able to explain how this text meets the definition of commercial fiction.

I'll be checking again on July 15th, until then, have a happy and save Fourth of July!