Summertime Scoop

...and the livin' is easy

Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime (High Quality - Remastered)
As many of you may already know, I have the privilege of moving to AP English III for the coming school year. I am so excited to move up with the class of 2018 and I hope to see familiar faces come August. We have already started planning for the upcoming year, so I wanted to take a moment to check in.

I realize that your student may be entering dual credit, on-level, or AP and the information I am sharing here is only for those that will be pursing AP in the Fall. If this does not include your student, then please disregard this information (and please know that if they need anything, they can always come by my classroom; I would love to see them and help).

Additionally, my classroom has changed to B105, and my phone number may change accordingly - I won't know until we officially return in August. For the time being, the best way to reach me is via email.

Summer Reading

Before we released for summer break, we went to the library and had some time for "book dating" where students got to spend some time with the books in order to gain some insight as to which they may find more enjoyable to read. Our hope is that the students walked away with interest in the summer reading - especially since so often, it feels like more of a chore than anything.

Please help your student stay on track and prevent undue stress by reminding them of their summer reading. We will begin working with these selections at the beginning of the year.

For AP Language (English III) students are required to read EITHER Nickle & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich OR The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell for their non-fiction selection. My students know that I adore Gladwell and should be familiar with his writing style as we looked at a couple of his columns during the previous year. Ehrenreich will be new to them.

Additionally, students will choose to read ONE of the following for the fiction selection:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

My Book Reviews

In my class, I ask students to give us three sentences for their outside reading books: a one sentence summary, one sentence on whether or not they liked the reading, and one sentence about who they would recommend it to. I've done the three sentence review for each of the books below (click on the cover picture to read it).

Signing Off

Again, enjoy the summer and I look forward to (hopefully) seeing your student and talking with you more in August.

PS. This is the last group email that I plan to send :) and please feel free to pass the link on to anyone else who may benefit from it.