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Summer Contact Information
I will check my email a couple of times a week over the summer. If you have questions about summer reading, 9th Grade Honors, or AP Language and Composition, I am happy to reply via email at Jennifer.Ramsell@tvcs.org. Please understand that it might take a couple of days for me to respond.
2015-2016 School Year
This year I will be teaching all 9th grade honors courses (ENG I Honors) and AP Language & Composition.
Grade 9 Honors Supply List
3-subject notebook, loose leaf college ruled paper, folder/binder to keep handouts, blue/black pens, pencils, 4x6 notecards, Gmail account (Google email)
Advanced Placement Language & Composition Supply List
3-subject notebook, loose leaf college ruled paper, folder/binder to keep handouts, blue/black pens, pencils, 4x6 notecards, Gmail account (Google email), 2 or 3 inch plastic 3-hole punch binder (this will stay in the classroom as a student portfolio)
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
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.
Here is yet another great resource for writing and speaking (presenting) skills, Writing Commons. 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! If you visit PearsonRealize you can access your textbook online. Use your first name, period, last name, @, tvcs (First.Last@tvcs). You will not be able to access this until I have registered you as a user, however.
New 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.
Access this link for a Pronunciation Guide. This is especially helpful while working with unfamiliar vocabulary.