The 50 Coolest Books of all-time

Hi all,

In case you’re looking for some summer reading, check this out!

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Week of May 19, 2014

5/19 Monday – 140 seniors are on the field trip to Santa Cruz.

5/20 Tuesday – The Godfather continues (period 3 goes to the Polynesian assembly)

5/21 Wednesday - The Godfather continues (Green Academy field trip).

5/22 Thursday (minimum day) -The Godfather continues.

5/23 Friday – No school. Memorial Day weekend begins!

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……to all of you who have completed the AP English Lit exam yesterday. You worked very hard all year and based on what most of you have told me, you are very confident about your performance and expectations of the results which will be released early summer.

In any event, you have given it your best effort, so there’s nothing more to be asked of you.

Good work class of 2014!

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Week of May 12, 2014

5/12 Monday – AP Biology test – high absenteeism expected. TBA.

5/13 Tuesday – AP Government test - high absenteeism expected. TBA.

5/14 Wednesday (minimum day) – Begin film/visual literacy unit (hopefully, depending on whatever unforeseen events, distraction, or events are scheduled).

5/15 Thursday – TBA.

5/16 Friday – TBA.

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Week of May 5, 2014

5/5 Monday – Prepare for all AP tests.

5/6 Tuesday - Prepare for all AP tests.

5/7 Wednesday - Prepare for all AP tests.

5/8 Thursday – YOU ARE READY!

5/9 Friday – TBA.

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Twenty-five Reminders and/or Random Thoughts Before Heading Off into AP Land

1. Never ever say the writer uses tone, diction, etc. What kind and what is the effect?? Also, choose a better synonym for use.

2. Do not paraphrase or summarize the passage/poem.

3. Do not end paragraphs with quotations.

4. Book and play titles are underlined, short stories and poems are in quotation marks.

5. Don’t waste time with your introduction – address the prompt as quickly as you can.

6. Use the universal pronoun “one” instead of “you,” AND WRITE IN THE PRESENT TENSE!

7. Be sure to know what “figurative language” means.

8. Don’t overuse quotes but use them to back up your argument, not to replace it.

9. Spend twenty minutes or so brainstorming. Don’t panic! Your ideas will come to you.

10. When analyzing language (including poetry), remember to go to diction, syntax, imagery and tone.

11. Be prepared for the open or free response essay. Know at least three books backwards and forwards (author, time period if relevant, plot, characters, themes, setting). Shakespeare is an excellent choice because his plays are filled with the material that this question usually asks for. Your book choices should be different. For instance, you should have a tragedy and something lighter prepared.

12. Remember, on the multiple-choice test, you only earn points for answering the questions, not reading the passages.

13. Incorporate synonyms for uses and says.

14. Study your tone vocabulary list.

15. Study your poetry terms.

16. Study your glossary.

17. Study the major literary movements handout, especially the metaphysical poetry section.

18. Remember the idea machine: 1) What is the meaning of the work? and 2) How does the author get that meaning across? Again, think about important images, specific words and oppositions and/or conflicts.

19. Support and develop your points early in your essay and back them up with a strong conclusion.

20. You cannot do anything without a thesis statement.

21. Absolutely know your basic parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, pronoun, gerund, participle and infinitive.

22. Read the poem twice before answering the question: the first time to get a basic sense of what it all means and the second phrase by phrase – try to visualize what you read. Go back to the poem as needed, but only as necessary.

23. Memorize a scoring guide (if you haven’t done so already) and be very clear about the difference between a 7 and an 8, etcetera.

24. Understand how to turn an essay question into an essay idea.

25. Be proud of yourselves; you have worked hard for this all year and are ready.


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Week of April 28, 2014

4/28 Monday: This is our last full prep week before the AP test on Thursday, May 8th and we actually have a regular day schedule today! Vocabulary Monday continues: List #41 (The Runaway Mouth): bombastic, circumlocution, diffuse, digress, eloquence, garrulous, grandiloquent, loquacious, prattle, rhetorical, verbose, voluble and List #42 (The High and Mighty): arrogant, braggart, complacent, contemptuous, disdainful, egotistical, narcissistic, ostentatious, presumptuous, pretentious, supercilious, swagger.


HW: Vocabulary squares are due tomorrow.

4/29 Tuesday (minimum day) – Last AP test prep essay of the year!! Today you will spend a few minutes brainstorming and discussing the prompt (Q1) and then begin writing.

4/30 Wednesday (minimum day) – Essay due at end of class.

5/1 Thursday (minimum day) – Score essay.

5/2 Friday – Vocabulary test.







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