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Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Thank you for stopping by to explore and learn more about 9th and 10th grade reading class at The Villages High School.  This teacher connection page is our page designed to keep you connected to our class. Here you will find important information for 9th and 10th grade reading students and families.  I will update this page periodically to assist you in connecting to all things reading.  Please check back often, so you can stay tuned in to what is happening in our class. 

Being a VHS Buffalo is truly a great honor!  I have great expectations for all of my students and truly believe each of you will do remarkably well in reading this year.  Together we are going to make this an extraordinary year. Go Buffalo!

Kindest Regards,

Teresa A. Alvarado
The Villages High School
Reading Teacher
Teresa.Alvarado@tvcs.org 
352-259-3777 ext. 1330

The Villages High School Summer Reading 

1.) To be completed before the first day of school (50 points)

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

a.  Select a book according to your grade. Titles are posted on Teacher Connection pages for English teachers and the VHS Media Center webpage.
b.  Keep a reading log of 3-4 important details for each chapter.
c.  Complete five hours of community service as it connects to your book. 
d.  Document your hours on the VHS Community Service log.  

Examples of possible service locations:  Marion Therapeutic Riding Center for the book Seabiscuit; An anti-bullying program for the book Hate List; soup kitchens or food banks for The Girls Guide to Homelessness.

For students enrolled after July 1, 2015:

a. Select a book according to your grade. Titles are posted on Teacher Connection pages for English teachers and the VHS Media Center webpage.
b.  Keep a reading log of 3-4 important details for each chapter.
c.  Students enrolled after July 1, 2015 may select either option listed below: 

*  Option 1: 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 novel Seabiscuit; An anti-bullying program for the book Hate List; soup kitchens or food banks for The Girls Guide to Homelessness.

*   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 have selected those opportunities.
 

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 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

2.) To be completed upon 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, 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 Minute 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. 

3.) To be during classroom presentations (25 points): 

Peer evaluations of your summer reading experiences:  The instruction for this will be given once the presentations begin during the first week of school.  

Summer Contact Information
If you have any questions about summer reading, please don't hesitate to contact me at Teresa.Alvarado@tvcs.org.  I will make every effort to respond to you quickly; however, during the summer, please understand that it might take a couple days for me to respond.

State Reading Assessments

If you are looking for more information and additional practice for the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), follow this link to the Florida Department of Education Portal that will provide you with a wealth of information regarding this 9th and 10th grade assessment.  

Are you interested in practicing for FSA or SAT?  Follow the following links:

  • Student Tutorials system is now available at www.floridastudents.org.  
  • USA Test Prep provides practice tests/activities, games, videos, and more to help students prepare for the FSA.
  • SAT Test Preparation offered by The College Board (makers of the SAT).  This link provides practice tests and questions of the day, as well as test registration dates, study plans, and college planning assistance. 

 

Contact: Teresa.Alvarado@tvcs.org

PDF documents
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Civil Rights Movement - Historical Document Unit
10th Grade Reading Newsletter -
1st Week Presentation -
9th Grade Reading Newsletter -
Elements of Literature -
Figurative Language Power Point - Definitions, Examples, and Quiz
Figurative Language Webquest - Due 10/25
Literary Project Quarter 1 Instructions -
Literary Project Quarter 1 Rubric -
Literary Project Quarter 2 Part 2 Instructions - Due November 14
Literary Project Quarter 2 Part One Instructions - Due 10/31
Literary Project Quarter 2 Sample Log -
Reader's Profile Instructions -
Reading Perceptions Week Two -
Reading Syllabus -

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