Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Great Gatsby

Hey Folks,
Things to know about The Great Gatsby--
1. You can use it as one of your entries for the reader's notebook. It's a frequently referenced text on the AP test.
2. PLEASE DO NOT USE IT AS YOUR LITERARY NOVEL FOR THE SUMMER READ--to many students are reading it at MGSH in Junior English.
3. I like the book a lot--if you want to discuss it via email--I'd be happy to "chat" about it.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Reader's Notebooks

The question has come up about the reader's notebooks. I think it's a great idea to work with a study group when working with texts. For the books you are doing that you have read before, it's a great idea to discuss them to be sure that you have all the salient points that should be included, and then have one person write an entry for the entire group to use. Four people in the group would result in four entries if each person did one--eight if each person did two.

I would like each person to write her/his own for the literary text that you are doing for this summer. You may certainly discuss the book together in a study group, but I do want each person to have a sense of what the task involves for a newly read book.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Summer Assignments/Dropping AP

Hey Folks,
Hope you are having a great summer.
A student wrote to ask to drop AP English 12. I want to take a moment to remind you that the school built the class schedule based on registration. In the past, students were not permitted to drop the class in the summer; some students went so far as to not complete the summer assignment. When they were not allowed to drop the class, they began the year "behind." Many of them were unable to "catch up" in the trimester to bring their grade to where they wanted it to be.
Please plan accordingly.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July 1st

I trust people are doing well on their summer reading! I have heard from a few folks, but mostly people must be doing well.

If you have not begun the work yet, I'd encourage you to "get it in gear"!

Have a great Fourth of July!