Saturday, June 20, 2009


Anonymous emails (ones without out first and last names included) will not be responded to.

Literary Fiction

To clarify, your literary fiction selection MUST come from the 101 books list. We recommend that you choose one from the list your received with the assignment sheet. You may not select the following titles from the list:

These titles are done at other grade levels:
Tale of Two Cities
The Great Gatsby
Lord of the Flies
The Odyssey
Brave New World
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Crucible
Animal Farm
Cyrano de Bergerac
Catcher in the Rye
Romeo and Juliet
The Grapes of Wrath
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

These texts we will do in AP English 12:
The House on Mango Street
Heart of Darkness
Things Fall Apart
Their Eyes Were Watching God

These texts are poetry, essays, shorts stories, or non-fiction and will not work for this assignment:
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Emerson's Essays
Edgar Allen Poe's Tales
Eudora Welty's Collected Stories
Leaves of Grass

Friday, June 19, 2009

Step-by-step directions to "Reader's Notebook"

Some folks have struggled to get to the reader's notebook template. Below are directions.
Open the school web site and click on "Departments" toward the top.
That will list the departments in the building and pull down to "English."
Scroll down until you get to "Teacher Sites."
The second listing will be "Reader's Notebook."
Click there.

So far the web master has not put up the model reader's notebook for The Crucible. I will check into that.

In the mean time, I will list what I came up with for possible themes in The Crucible:

1. People must oppose systemic corruption. If people think that "evil" will pass by without affecting them, the evil can destroy them and the society.
2. Individuals can find redemption by confessing their faults, taking responsibility for their actions, and taking the consequences for what they have done.
3. Evil exists because good people do not stop it.

Step-by-step directions to "Reader's Notebook"

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Old AP Questions

You can ignore this part of the Reader's Notebook. You do not have access to old AP questions. We may do something with it when school resumes.

Monday, June 15, 2009

June 15th

Well, I checked my school email...
I sure hope you are having a great vacation. I hope you have put together a plan for getting the work done well--
Today we (Mrs. Dufault and I) begin our AP workshop at Augsburg.

Get reading!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Summer Assignment

If you download the notebook template onto a word document, you can fill it out that way. Before you begin reading the commercial fiction, be sure to have read and understood the yellow handout. You are looking for evidence that you selected text fits the definition of commercial fiction. If you want to annotate it, you surely can.

I will check my email on June 15th, July 1st, July 15th, August 1st, August 15th. You know that I will get back to you at those times.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Whatever you spend your time doing, is what you are trading your life for. Make sure you get the better part of the bargain!

BOOKS OUT--Their Eyes Were Watching God.

George Lu
Liz Pederson
Brandon Engler

Monday, June 1, 2009

End of the Year Concerns

1. Grades have been entered for poetry explications. If you have no graded entered and you have all six explications with my comments on them, get them to me with a blue slip. If they came in at another time, I may have them in my "to do" folder.
2. I have explained how I graded the skill portfolio presentations. Some folks just weren't grasping the need for clear Claim/Evidence/Warrant.
3. Remember poems and books for the last day.