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Summer Contact Information
I will check my email periodically over the summer. If you have questions about summer reading, 10th Grade Honors, or AP Literature and Composition, I am happy to reply via email at  Please understand that it might take a couple of days for me to respond. 
Grade 10 Honors Supply List
3-subject notebook, loose leaf college ruled paper, folder/binder to keep handouts, blue/black pens, pencils, 500 3x5 notecards, Gmail account (Google email)
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, Gmail account (Google email), 2 or 3 inch plastic 3-hole punch binder (this will stay in the classroom as a student portfolio)


                                                                             VHS Summer Reading 2015

Part 1:

For students enrolled during the spring of 2015 through June 30, 2015:

To be completed before the first day of school (50 points):
Select a book according to your grade. 
Keep a reading log of 3 - 4 important details for each chapter.
Complete five hours of community service as it connects to your book.
Document your hours on the VHS Community Service log.  

Examples of possible service locations: Marion Therapeutic Riding Center for the book Seabiscuit; anti-bullying programs for Hate List; soup kitchens or food banks for The Girls Guide to Homelessness.  Updated 6/1/2015


For students enrolled after July 1, 2015:

Select a book according to your grade. 
Keep a reading log of 3 – 4 important details for each chapter.
Students may select either option 1 or 2:                        
Option 1:  Complete five hours of community service and document the hours on the VHS Community Service Log.
Option 2:  Research 3-5 community service opportunities that relate to your novel.  Write a paragraph explaining how each place you researched relates to your book.  Include the location and contact information for each and explain why you choose them. 


Part 2:

For all students:

To be completed upon the return to school (100 points):
A visual presentation:  This is an opportunity to explain your community service hours to your peers.  Possible ideas for your presentation include: design a picture board, create an interactive presentation using Prezi, design a web page, make a movie or video, write a song to sing, write a children’s book and include pictures.  You might include an interview conducted with your community service person and take pictures of the experience.  Please ask for their permission first! 
A 3 - 5 speech:  You will address the novel and explain how your community service connected to the book along with how it helped you understand the book’s overall message, theme, and/or lesson.
To be completed during the classroom presentations (25 points):
Peer evaluations of your summer reading experiences:  The instruction for this will be given once the presentation begin during the first week of school


Please select one book from the following list according to your grade level.


9th and 10th grades:

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
A Long Way Gone - Ismael Beah
Tuesday’s With Morrie - Mitch Albom
Hate List - Jennifer Brown
The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness - Brianna Karp
All’s Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

11th and 12th Grades

Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
Call of the Wild - Jack London
Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
My Lobotomy - Howard Dully
Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Seabiscuit - 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
Theban Plays Storyboard Rubric - 10th grade project

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