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 Welcome to the 2015- 2016 school year!

Orientation is on Tuesday, August 4th.  Session One is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Session Two from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.      

Grade 10 Honors Supply List

3-subject notebook, loose leaf college ruled paper, folder/binder to keep handouts (can be shared with another class), blue/black pens, pencils, 500 3x5 notecards, an email account


Advanced Placement Literature & Composition Supply List

3-subject notebook, loose leaf college ruled paper, folder/binder to keep handouts, blue/black pens, pencils, 500 3x5 notecards, an email account, 2 or 3 inch plastic 3-hole punch binder (this will stay in the classroom as a student portfolio)


Summer Reading

The 2015-2016 Summer Reading Project includes your choice of one book (from a list provided to you by the English Department) connected to a community service project.  The project has three parts: reading, completion of a related community service project with reflection journal entries, and the development and delivery of a presentation when you return to school in August.  Please see the PDFs posted below above the calendar for specifics.  Grades 9 and 10 will choose from one list of pre-determined books, and grades 11 and 12 will choose from another list.  Be sure to choose from the appropriate list.  There is also a community service log attached for you to use.  (An updated version of this assignment was posted on June 2, 2015.  Please be sure you are using this document as a guide.)

Helpful hints and suggestions:

Choose a book that interests you.  Read the book. Then see how you can connect it to your community.  I strongly advise against choosing a community service project prior to reading one of the books. By doing this, you run the risk of choosing something that does not connect to the book.  If this happens, the presentation you develop when you return to school in early August will not sufficiently meet the requirements.  Also, if you begin a book and you do not like it, choose a new one so you can maximize your learning experience and develop a project you can be proud of.

Do not wait until the last couple of weeks of summer to complete your reading and community service hours.  This project is a lighter workload than projects in the past, but this does not mean it is advisable to wait until the last minute to complete it.  The books are not lengthy and five (5) hours of community service can easily be done in one day or over the course of a couple of days.  I look forward to meeting you at Orientation and hearing about your experience. 

Document your community service by taking pictures and video (with permission from the organization/individuals you are working with), collecting brochures and other materials.  This will prove to be VERY helpful when you develop your presentation upon returning to school.

 Grades 9-10 Summer Reading Book Choices

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Tuesday's With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

The Girl's Guide to Homelessness by Brianna Karp

All's Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Grades 11-12 Summer Reading Book Choices

Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

My Lobotomy by Howard Dully

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Helpful Links: - Information about the new state exam - Textbook link - Moodle link


 A sample MLA formatted paper is available to you through the following link on the VCS Media Center's page.  This sample paper was provided by Lake Sumter State College.  Please review this prior to submitting any essays. MLA format is a requirement.  

Another wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL.  I will refer to this site in class often.  Click here to access the site.




PDF documents
10th Grade Syllabus - 2015-2016
Antigone Mask Project - Directions and Rubric for project
AP Literature - 2015 - 16 Syllabus
Theban Plays Storyboard Rubric - 10th grade project

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