AP Lit Bits

Volume 4

Why should you read Lovely, Dark, and Deep?

It is a moving story of a teenage girl who, on the brink of graduating from high school and heading into her "real life," is in a tragic car accident that kills her boyfriend. The story begins just as she has moved away from her New York home with her mom to her artist dad's home in the woods of Rhode Island. The novel is touching and sad and raw and hopeful, a story for anyone who has experienced grief and loss.

Check out my Goodreads page to see what else I'm reading.

Student Spotlight: Becky and #linkwithLiNK

My English II learners had the option to attend a Google Hangout with Sarah Palmer, the rescue team manager from the global organization Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) this six weeks to further our understanding of the premise of power and persuasion in Animal Farm. It was a wonderful experience!

Special shout-out to senior AP Lit student Becky C. (pictured left) who is the president of LiNK CHS and acted as our discussion moderator!

Check out my blog post and read the tweets of the event here.

Rockstar Writers

A timed essay is definitely tough, but our learners rose to the challenge. Below are the learners who received top scores one or both of the essays written over Frankenstein this six weeks. Rock on, writers! (Some learners opted not to be pictured.)

Unit 2 How to Read Literature Like a Professor Project

Check out Topher's work project here!

What's Next?

We will be studying The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare in the 3rd six weeks. Learners do not need to obtain a copy of Hamlet.

In addition, learners will select a novel from a list to read in literature circles throughout the unit. Learners must acquire their to begin reading over Fall Break. They can read the physical book or an eBook, depending on their preference.

Lit Circle Novel Choices

We will make selections next week to form lit circles.

CISD Parent University

Saturday, Nov. 14th, 8:30am-12pm

1301 Wrangler Drive

Coppell, TX

CISD has revamped Parent University to help support parents throughout the year. Parents will have an opportunity to learn in a variety of ways, including guest speakers, online seminars, mini workshops, video tutorials and a special event, "Parent University 2.0," on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. -12:00 a.m. at Coppell Middle School West. Check out this page for up-to-date events and resources. Events will be added as they are scheduled. Sign up here. Seats are limited!

Total Registration Is Now Open!

Total Registration, the website we use to register students for AP exams, is open and can begin processing AP exam orders. TR allows for partial payments for the exams so payments can be spread out over several months rather than all money due at one time.

Exams will be $92 each.

The link is also found on the Advanced Placement page under the Counseling tab on the CHS home page. There is a quick link for CHS AP Exam Registration on the right side of the page.

Want to Contribute to Our Classroom Library?

If you would like to continue helping build our library, you are welcome to donate books that you no longer wish to keep at your home. We are looking only for books that our learners desire to read. Just send any books to school with your learner, and your family's donation will be remembered inside the book cover.

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