Pre-Course Reading Requirements for Summer Reading 2015-16

Pebblebrook High School Summer Reading-combined – This describes each of the pre-course reading assignments for courses 2015-16.

AP Literatue, Honor’s British Literature and Multi-Cultural Literature howtoreadliteraturelikeaprofessor_ft

Advanced Composition/Honors Advanced Composition – on-writing-well thank-you-for-arguing

Blog Assignment Instructions:

Summer reading blog assignment for AP Language and AP Literature 2015

How to Set Up a Blog: Setting Up a Blog on WordPress – American

Week of 5/11

Finally, EOCs are over and we are back in session!!


Monday, 5/11 – Today, we will continue with our annotations in House on Mango Street – “Papa who wakes up tired in the dark” through “Minerva writes poems” are the chapters assigned today.  Many of you should take advantage of the extra credit opportunity and complete more than 10 annotations per chapter.

Tuesday, 5/12 – We will continue to research The Help through film analysis and historically accurate documents from the 60s to prepare for our last socratic seminar working specifically on these standards.

LS1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (oneon-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts

and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as


c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a

topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when

possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

Wednesday – Socratic Seminar Day #2

Thursday – House on Mango Street annotation day!

Friday – Flag Day!


Week of April 27th — Almost, May!!

Monday, 4/27 – Today, we will review the discussion role assignments for The Help.  We will use chapters 1-6 to begin our analysis.

HW – Continue reading The Help through Chapter 10. Extra Credit OPTIC.

Tuesday, 4/28 – Today, Warm -up : House on Mango annotations. we are finalizing our EOC Glossary with our vocabulary presentations.

HW – Continue reading The Help through Chapter 10. Extra Credit OPTIC.

Wednesday – Today, warm-up: House on Mango Annotations.  Depending on weather, we will have our EOC scavenger hunt.

HW – Continue reading The Help through Chapter 10. Extra Credit OPTIC.

Thursday, 4/31 – Today, warm-up: House on Mango Annotations.  Our instructional focus is our Writing Assessment review day. We will spend time today reviewing the rubrics for constructed and extended responses as well as editing and revising our own writing assessments from common assessment #1.

HW – Continue reading The Help through Chapter 10. Extra Credit OPTIC.

Friday, 5/1 – Today, we are back to The Help analyzing Chapters 7-10.

Week of April 13th

Monday, 4/13- today we kick off our new unit focusing on the author’s craft in developing theme and central ideas.  We will look at creating our own stories as we review multi-genres in this two week mini-unit.

HW- bring in an example from the multi-genre list. Get permission slip signed.

 Poem Newspaper Will Home Page
Recipe Math Problems Restaurant Menu Play
Song Found Poem Report Card Poem For Two Voices
Crossword Puzzle Ad Picture Book Narrative
Tombstone Warning Sign Comic Book Character Sketch
News Article Business Card Computer Game Travel Ad
Quiz Funeral Note Computer Game Ad Travel Brochure
Diary Recipe Book Game Instructions Haiku
Survival Kit Map Greeting Card Dialogue
Obituary Movie Poster Action Figure Ad Monologue
T-Shirt College Brochure Sports Story Letter
Wanted Poster Trading Cards Contract Personal Ad
Short Story Informative Essay Expository Essay Persuasive Essay
Newspaper Interview Eulogy Rap Song Social Media/Texts

Tuesday, 4/14 – did you know that not only books can be read? Today, we will introduce new genres that require close reading skills.  We will also review our study guide in preparation for the common assessment on Thursday.

HW – Review the study guide for common assessment. Get the permission slip and bring in your field trip money.

Wednesday, 4/15 – in honor of tax day, we should analyze something financial. How about the short story written only by checks? Ordeal by Cheques is what we will read today.

Field trip permission slip and money is due today!

HW – Review the study guide for common assessment. Begin reading The Help, chapters 1-6.

Thursday, 4/16 We will begin working on our Multi-Genre project today as well as take our common assessment.

HW – Begin reading The Help, chapters 1-6. Complete the language workbook assignment and extra credit opportunities.

Friday, 4/17- vocabulary presentations are due today and so are the language workbooks.

Spring Break Extra Credit Assignments

#1 – Language Workbook – take your workbook home and complete ALL grammar pages and 10 Vocabulary pages for the assignment due on Friday, April 17th.  Complete as many of the vocabulary pages as you can for extra credit. These are all due on 4/17.

#2 1920s – Complete the following research and written assignment. HistoricalConnectionsGuide

The Great Gatsby is set in the mid-1920s, a prosperous time at home and abroad. The United States had joined World War I in 1917, three years after its eruption. The 1919 Peace of Paris established accord between nations that ended the war. Many considered American intervention the best way to a decisive and quick Allied victory.  Prohibition at home led to a growing world of organized crime, as the sale of alcohol went underground. Even the 1919 World Series was affected, as members of the White Sox (the team favored to win) decided to “throw” the series, creating larger profits for those gambling against the Sox. In Harlem, the northern migration of African Americans created an artistic expansion of literature, music, plays, political tracts, and visual art. And around the country, technology produced new opportunities for Americans, including radio, motion pictures, automobiles, and electric appliances.

#3 Gatsby Film Analysis – Blog Assignment.  Review the links to film clips of Great Gatsby and complete as many assignments as you’d like for extra credit.  Post your results on your blog by Friday, April 17th for extra credit. FilmChoiceBoard

Week of 3/30 – GatzMax Finale!

Monday, 3/30 – Today is dress rehearsal day!  We will meet in the Media Center and prepare our presentations.  Feedback will be given based on the following components: marketing tools, carfax, sales pitch. Be prepared to make adaptions today based on the feedback you receive.  Tomorrow is the big day with your customers!

HW – Make finishing touches to marketing tools, carfax reports, and sales pitches. Pick out your dress for success outfit!

Tuesday, 3/31 – Today is the day!  Your grand opening sales event.  I am so proud of all the hard you have put into this project and cannot wait to see what your customers purchase from you.

HW – Self-reflection assignment

Wednesday, 4/1 – After all of your hard work, the work continues as you finish analyzing the film version of The Great Gatsby.  A little easier than research perhaps, but analysis nonetheless.

HW – Study for your Unit/Common Assessment. Study guide for common assessment provided at the beginning of the unit.  Don’t forget vocabulary from The Great Gatsby, too.  House on Mango Street Annotations chapters 13-18 are due tomorrow.

Thursday, 4/2 – Today is common assessment/unit exam day.

Friday, 4/3 – Do we have any vocabulary presenters who want to present today?  We will finally hear back from our customers and hear what cars they are purchasing and why.  We might even squeeze in some of the 2013 film version today.  What a way to end up the unit before Spring Break!

HW – Purchase The Help by Kathryn Stockett so we can begin when we get back from Spring Break.  And don’t forget the Spring Break packet: Language Workbook and House on Mango Street chapters 19-24.