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A.P. English Language & I.B. Junior English Happenings

Welcome to Quarter 2!

Dear Junior Parents & Guardians,

Second quarter is fully underway. For juniors, this will be a time where the PSAE is approaching. Many of their classes will increase their expectations of students at this time. There will be PSAE Prep classes at Prosser, so make sure to ask your child and encourage them to seek out these opportunities.

I also wanted to let you know about some upcoming second quarter happenings at Prosser:

  • Friday, November 15th - Open House for upcoming 8th Graders
  • Wednesday, November 27th - Friday, November 29th - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 11th, 2013 - Progress Report Distribution
  • December 23rd, 2013 - January 3rd, 2014 - Winter Break
  • January 20th, 2014 - MLK Holiday
  • January 23rd, 2014 - End of Quarter 2

AP Language - Quarter 2 Report

The students in A.P. Language & Composition will be finishing their second text, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, by the end of November. They will also be reading There Are No Children Here through second quarter. Each student will lead a thirty-minute discussion for one of the three texts studied first semester. Students will use these opportunities to start their breakdown of nonfiction. Throughout this quarter, students will also start using an A.P. English Language Prep book, so you should expect to see that as well as one of the two texts above. Students have homework almost nightly, although it might not always take them long. If they are not reading, they are most likely writing responses for me. Throughout first quarter, students really started to work with literary terms and exploring nonfiction.

IB Junior English - Quarter 2 Report

The I.B. Juniors are finishing their Works in Translation Unit. They are reading the third play, An Accidental Death of an Anarchist, right now. During the three weeks of December, students will start the Written Assignment. This is their first I.B. English Assessment. It is an External Assessment meaning I.B. will grade it, however, I will supervise and guide during this process. Ultimately, the Written Assignment will be 1200-1500 words. Students will have completed a first draft by Winter Break and will work on revisions and editing when they come back. One of the great things about the Written Assignment is the freedom it gives the students. They get to pick their own text choice and topic. That said, this could become overwhelming to your son/daughter, so think about having a discussion with them about what they are picking and why. Hopefully this will help them choose the best text!

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