AP and Honors Summer Work

In order for students to be successful on the AP US History Exam in May:
Summer work is required for this course. All work must be completed by the first day of school.

https://tinyurl.com/apushvock2020

The following assignments are required for summer:

Read: Complete chapters 1-6

Notes: Complete notes for chapters 1-4 in three column style note taking. Complete column one and two only. All notes should be in question/answer format. You should have 2-3 pages of notes per chapter. You may handwrite or type these notes.

Reading comprehension questions: Follow the link here.

DBQ Essay (TEST GRADE!): Follow the link here

Helpful hints/links:

DBQ Rubric

Suggested Construction of essay with hints

Use all documents, make sure it is arguable, set up the essay with background of the time period (be specific), after every point tie it back to your thesis, explain who is saying the quote including how they are qualified/biased in their opinion, and write formally with no “I,” “we,” “basically” etc.

Three column notes explained: 3 Column Notes
In order to best prepare for our thorough analysis of rhetoric, please read an extended work of fiction or nonfiction of your choosing.

Student-Choice Text

Parameters for selecting a text in hierarchical order:
(a) High-Interest Piece—the reading may be challenging, but it shouldn’t feel that way. Choose a text of genuine interest.
(b) Right-There Text—Vygotsky’s “Zone of Proximal Development” requires careful selection. No Green Eggs and Ham (too easy) but avoid Plato’s Republic as well (too dense and too difficult). Generally, a text with no more than 3-5 unfamiliar terms per page fulfills the “right-there” requirement. It should be accessible, but require some guidance/work on the reader’s end to complete.
(c) Previously-Unfamiliar Reading—navigating a text for a second or third time certainly provides value, but this should be one of those texts on the reader’s proverbial “someday list.”
So obviously, high-interest is of greater emphasis than challenging, which is more pressing than familiarity.

Student-Choice Assessment: students will complete an in-class opportunity during the first week of class.
Welcome to A.P. Literature and Composition!

  Hello incoming AP Students,

  Your summer reading is the novel Lord of the Flies. While we obviously couldn't distribute books, there is a pdf available online if you just google it. There's no need to do anything but read it over the summer; we'll do our work with it at the beginning of the year. Given that fact, I would urge you to postpone reading the novel until the end of the summer. If you have any questions feel free to email me.

  Regards,
Mr. Groom

  If there are any questions, please reach out via email to either one of us during the summer.  We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible, but please allow several days due to our being out of town for portions of the summer.

Regards,

Mr. Groom (matt.groom@central301.net)
A.P. Literature and Composition Instructor

Mrs. Edwards (kim.edwards@central301.net)
English Department Chair
Welcome to Honors English I!

  Summer reading for Honors English 1 is John Steinbeck's 1937 novella Of Mice and Men. Here is a link to a PDF of the book, but you are more than welcome to buy your own copy if you prefer working with a physical text. Over the summer break, you are expected to read the entire novella and encouraged to take handwritten notes. When we are back in session in August, we will hit the ground running with assignments, discussions, and assessments over this book. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! My email is emily.hahn@central301.net.

  If there are any questions, please reach out via email to either one of us during the summer.  We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible, but please allow several days due to our being out of town for portions of the summer.

Regards,

Miss Hahn (emily.hahn@central301.net)
Honors English I Instructor
Mrs. Edwards (kim.edwards@central301.net)
English Department Chair
Welcome to Honors English II!

During the summer, you will read and annotate Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger. Annotations should include questions about the text, connections to modern society, unfamiliar vocabulary, and general insights.  Please use post-its only to annotate copies if you are able to check one out belonging to the school. If you wish to write your annotations in the book, we strongly encourage you to purchase your own copy and do so. Please note that annotations will be collected, and therefore you should show ample evidence that you’ve not only read, but also considered the text carefully.

On the first day of school, you will be completing a thematic assessment on the novel with both passages from the text as well as unfamiliar passages. Following that, you will be writing a synthesis essay using Catcher in the Rye as a basis for thematically similar genre formulae.

If there are any questions, please reach out via email to any of us during the summer. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible, but please allow several days due to our being out of town for portions of the summer.

Regards,

Mrs. Bellenie (michelle.bellenie@central301.net)
Honors English II Instructor
Ms. Bushman (kristine.bushman@central301.net)
Honors English II Instructor
Mrs. Edwards (kim.edwards@central301.net)
English Department Chair
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