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Welcome to Mrs. Ramsell's Page  

Grade 9 Students - Teacher Connection is a place for you and your family to check for quick information like quiz and test dates, links to extra study resources, and other "big picture" items.  The majority of your assignments and in-class documents will be posted in the Google Classroom.   Please bring your Chromebook to class with you every day and be sure it is fully charged. You will not always have the luxury to plug in to charge during class.  

AP Language Students - To make things simple, and share a wealth of resources and information with you, I have created an AP Language & Composition class website using Google Sites.  This, alongside Google Classroom, will be our main form of communication for AP.  I keep my Teacher Connection page primarily for my Grade 9 English class.  

National Honor Society Students (juniors and seniors) - Please visit the NHS club page for important information.


Way to go VHS and Florida students!  The March 3 Villages Daily Sun reported that Florida leads the nation in AP participation!



Week of April 28, 2017

ENG I (periods 3 & 7) - We will continue with our dramatic reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream exploring the humor of Shakespeare alongside the universal themes of this comedic play and Shakespeare's playful language.  

ENG I Honors (period 6) - This week we are on to our A Midsummer Night's Dream with a keen eye toward Shakespeare's language choices. 


Upcoming Assignment, Quiz, and Project Due Dates  

ENG I (periods 3 & 7) - Bloom Ball Project due Friday, April 28

ENG I Honors (period 6) - Close Reading Questions for Wrap-up on Friday, April 28



USA Test Prep Access - to access USA Test Prep, visit the site and use the following:

Account ID: buffalo77 (no capital letters) 

Username: your personal student ID (first letter of your name and then the numbers; do not capitalize your first initial)

Password: Buffalo17 (Buffalo must be capitalized)


CommonLit Access for Grade 9 - to access, please visit the site and enter the following.  Once you have entered the following class code you will be part of my classroom for your class period and have access to the assignments.  Please be sure to set up a password that you will remember. 

Period 3 - VG9Y5

Period 6 - E5ZNB

Period 7 - 9RLJW



Helpful Links  

  • Great practice for Parallelism Structure Identification - ChompChomp
  • We will be using NoRedInk for grammar assistance in the classroom.
  • We will also be using USA Test Prep to prepare for the FSA exam and help direct individualized learning.
  • Looking for resources to study this summer? You will find Free ACT Practice Tests here. There are a number of practice tests here for you to use to practice Grammar and Reading skills this summer. The bonus?  You get ACT/SAT/FSA practice at the same time!
  • Access your textbook online!   Please visit Pearson Easy Bridge and log in using your school email account and password.  
  • Google Classroom link
  • NoRedInk is a great grammar study tool - we will use it in class, but students are encouraged to use it on their own, as well
  • Grammar Bytes is a good site to use to practice grammar skills
  • Sentence diagramming help with Elizabeth from Grammar Revolution
  • 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.  Here is a great link for what your MLA formatted paper must include/look like. 
  • 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. 
  • The State Exam (FSA) website shares valuable information for students and parents/guardians and 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.  
  • The Center for Online Education has an Academic Writing Guide that has helpful advice on various types of academic writing, common grammar pitfalls, citations, and more.
  • 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.



PDF documents
AP Language Syllabus & Classroom Policies 2016-17 - AP Language & Composition Syllabus and Policies
Chromebook Device User Agreement - Must be read/signed by student and guardian
ENG I Syllabus & Classroom Policies for 2016-2017 - Grade 9 Syllabus and Classroom Policies Document
LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION - Available to all students
Ramsell's Recommended Reading - A few titles to get started; not required texts
Syllabus Acknowledgement Form - Students and parents/guardians must sign by 8/8/16

 April 2017
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English I Honors : Animal Farm Quiz Ch. 8-10


English I : Lord of the Flies TEST
English I Honors : "To Preface or Not" Questions and Letter to the Editor



FSA Reading Exam Session 1

FSA Reading Exam Session 2



English I : Lord of the Flies PROJECT




English I : Pyramus and Thisbe Critical Reading Questions Due
English I Honors : Ind. Writing (allegory) Project



English I Honors : Shakespearean Sonnet Due







English I : Midsummer Bloom Ball Assignment Due
English I Honors : Midsummer Close Reading Questions Due