Ms. Cassandra Sherburne « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar
Students are working on book and play studies to finish out the year. Students can either read Night by Elie Wiesel or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Once the finish the book, they need to let me know and I will give them a prompt to complete in class. Student will also study William Shakespeare's Macbeth and complete a project on the play. There are a variety of options available. One assignment needs to be completed by 5/2 and the other by 5/16. They can be completed in whichever order the student prefers.
451 Full Text:
Night Full Text:
Macbeth Full Text:
We are working on our final paper for the class. Requirements and the rubric can be found in the PDF's.
4/18 - Working Topic
4/20 - Thesis
4/22 - Outline
4/27 - First Draft Due
5/4 - AP Exam
5/6 - 2nd Draft
5/11 - Final Due
Summer Reading 2016
All English teachers will have a suggested summer reading list available on their teacher connection page. We strongly encourage students to read as many books over the summer as possible. Research shows the more you read, the better you do in school and on college entrance exams.
New for the 2016 is a summer reading incentive plan. For each book you read on the following list, you can take a short quiz in the VHS media center beginning on June 7, 2016 through July 21, 2016. The media center will only be open on Tuesdays 12-3 p.m. and Thursdays 4-7 p.m. By demonstrating that you have read the book, you will qualify for the incentive program. The incentive program is outlined below. You will get each prize you qualify for as you work your way up. If you read a book on a teacher’s list that isn’t included below, please let us know and we may be able to use it to qualify for the prizes below.
2 books - Ice cream social
4 books - Pizza Party
6 books - Pie an English teacher or Administrator of your choice in the face
8 books - All Sports Pass ($40 value)
10 books - Field Trip to Wet n Wild
The idea behind this new program is to encourage reading for the love of reading and to say Thank You for going 212!
The following books have been selected by the staff of VHS and qualify you for the incentives above. (Any teacher recommended book may qualify) Some books may be checked out at the VHS media center.
(Books do not have to be read in order)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Stephen Covey
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- Courage Has No Color: the True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
- The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream by Sampson Davis
- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
- Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
VHS hopes you have a terrific summer. Make time to READ!
- Grammar Bytes is a good site to use to practice grammar skills
- Sentence diagramming help with Elizabeth from Grammar Revolution
- 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 often in class. Click here to access the site.
- Writing Commons is another helpful writing and speaking (presentation skills) site. While the site does say it is for college level writers, there is plenty of information on the site that we review in class. I think you will find that it is easy to understand and navigate.
- Access your textbook online! Please visit Pearson EasyBridge.
- State Exam (FSA) information for students and parents/guardians can be found at this link. This includes a training test and guide.
- P.E.R.T. (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) - Florida's customized common placement test - information can be found here.
- Helpful links for prefix, suffix and root word work.
- Access this link for a Pronunciation Guide. This is especially helpful while working with unfamiliar vocabulary.
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.
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