Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy Summer 2017!

Please don't forget your reading requirements for the following school year:

English Department

English Department Faculty

Jennifer Pust - Department Chair
Pete Barraza
Amy Chapman
Gilda De La CruzRandy Denis
Stephanie Dew
Kathleen Faas
Helen Fernandez
Nathan Fulcher
Diane Gonsalves
Noemi Gonzalez
Annette Gromala
Chon Lee
Meredith Louria
Tisha Reichle
Marla Schwartz
Andrea Shore
Paul Sinfield
Maria Stevens
Diane Toppel
Tina Ustation
Megan Walker
Kitaro Webb

Summer Reading for 2017

Over the summer, Samohi students are required to read two books.  You can get the books from a library or bookstore. (Santa Monica Public Library branches will have many copies.)  Then help your child make time to read them—a daily half-hour is perfect—and ask your child regularly about what’s happening.  Parents, if you too read the assigned books, the experience will be especially rewarding—for both of you! For complete 2017 Summer Reading information, all required titles, and free-choice recommendations.

Summer Reading 2017 Selections

1. The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is both a botanist and a mechanical engineer. After a freak accident, the rest of his crew leaves him on the Martian surface, thinking he was dead. The rest of the book is about how Watney tries to survive and the rescue efforts taken by NASA to retrieve him.

2. One Free Choice Book - Recommendations >
Honors AP Also Read:Incoming 9HP: Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
Incoming 10HP: Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Incoming 11AP: The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
Incoming 12AP: Candide - Voltaire and
The Bible, (following selections):

Old Testament
Genesis Ch 1 to 9; 11, 22
Exodus Ch 1-14; 19 to 20
Judges Ch 13 to 16
Ruth Ch 1 to 4
Job Ch 1 to 3; 8 to 10; 38, 42
Ecclesiastes Ch 1 to 3; 12
Song of Solomon Ch 1 to 4
Jonah Ch 1 to 4

New Testament
Matthew Ch 1 to 7; 24 to 28
Luke Ch 24
John Ch 20 to 21

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Final Weekly Agendas

The Great Gatsby Reading Schedule

Chapter 1

Due Friday 4.28
Chapter 2

Due Tuesday 5.2
Chapter 3

Due Monday 5.8
Chapter 4

Due Monday 5.15
Chapter 5-6

Due Monday 5.22
Chapter 7

Due Thursday 5.25
Chapter 8

Due Tuesday 5.30
Chapter 9

Due Friday 6.2

The Great Gatsby Deadlines
Vocabulary Quiz on Chapters 1-9 Tuesday, May 30th
Reading Journal 6-9 due Thursday, June 1st
Final Timed Essay Friday, June 2nd.

-staple 3 worksheets to final essay.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Weekly Agenda 5.8-5.12


Finish Share/Discuss “The Waste Land”
Review Chapters 1-3
-color symbolism, character, s/m/t
HW Read Chapter 4 by 5. 15, Monday

AP Language TEST
If your teacher is STEVENS and your last name falls between Aguirre—Hajidamji, report to T203.
If your teacher is STEVENS and your last name falls between Hernandez—Netter, report to T201.
If your teacher is STEVENS and your last name falls between Ninbadrakh—Zhang, report to T213.
Report for exam at 7:15 am, bring blue or black ink pens, and a pencil.

Continue Review of Chapters 1-3

Independent Read Share
HW Read Chapter 4 for Monday; Begin working on New Worksheet for Chapters 4-6

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Weekly Agenda 5.1-5.5

Norming Days 3-4: Grading and reflecting

Review Shared Annotations for
“The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot
-update your annotations for an improved grade

Student Facilitated Share
-share key annotations from your assignment, turn in

Review Gatsby, Chapter 1-2

(see Marginalia Musts)
American Dream and the Individual
-location (see map)
-color wheel

Connect story/plot, imagery back to “The Waste Land”
HW Read and Grow Post-It Hair (in your book!)
READ Chapter 3 for MONDAY.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Agenda 4.24-4.28

“The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot

Journal #8: Full Practice AP Notes

Laptop work on Essay and/or
HW “The Waste Land” Annotations are due WEDNESDAY, in hand.
Your “Why War” argument essay is due Friday PM to

Begin Full Practice AP Norming
-review multiple choice
Assign Speciality Groups
-read through packets
-make notes on sample essays and rubric

Share and explicate “The Waste Land”
HW READ GATSBY, Chapter 1 for Friday.

Back to norming groups
-pass out student essays
-specialty groups score each essay multiple times

Students receive all scores and plug them into the calculator.
HW READ GATSBY, Chapter 2 for Monday, May 2nd

Share and explicate “The Waste Land”

The Great Gatsby
(see Marginalia Musts)
American Dream and the Individual
-location (see map)
-color wheel
Connect story/plot, imagery back to “The Waste Land”

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Weekly Agenda 4.17-4.21 (updated)

#6: Independent Reading share
Prepare and Share: Journal
Review Argument Essay

Get Books -The Great Gatsby
Review Color Symbolism
"The Waste Land" Annotation Assignment, due 4/25th
HW Argument Essay due 4/28th

"The Waste Land"
-comment and question first stanza
-student samples

Laptop WORK
HW Argument Essay Due to (make sure Works Cited page is included) next FRIDAY the 28th.
AND, Annotation Assignment due WEDNESDAY

Thursday, March 30, 2017

SPRING BREAK and AP Full Practice Test Instructions for Students:

AP Full Practice Test
Instructions for Students:

The 11AP teachers provide all students with a full-length practice test. Teachers volunteer their time to proctor the test and give students a valid simulation of the experience.
There are three dates on which the practice exam is given. Each student must attend one of the sessions.
Thursday, April 6th, 9am-1pm
Tuesday, April 18th, 3:30-7:30pm (after school)
Saturday, April 22nd, 9am-1 pm

1) Arrive at least 15 minutes before the session is to begin.
2) Have cell phones or any other electronic device off and put away. You cannot use it as a clock.
3) Bring 2 #2 pencils and 2 blue or black ink pens and enough lined paper for 3 essays.
4) Bring a snack and/or beverage (suggested, not required).
5) Where to report: Language building, first floor. Headquarters: L103
6) The test lasts 3.5 hours. There will be one bathroom break after the first hour.

Stevens' students:
Read your Independent Reading book and complete an extra credit journal entry, #99.