Summer Reading

Summer is here!  I personally hand-delivered SPHS’s Summer Reading List to all of the major south county bookstores: Barnes & NobleHaslam’s, and Wilson’s.  (Of course, there’s also always Amazon.)  If you aren’t sure what class you’re registered for, contact Guidance.  If you have any questions about your course’s summer assignment, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email.

English 1 Honors

Middle school is over; rejoice!  There is no summer reading assigned.  Why not read one of this year’s texts to get an academic head-start?  The texts we will cover in this coming year are Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight translated by Burton Raffel, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Here is a link to an Amazon list created for this class, and if you’re interesting in the standards being covered in this class, please visit this link.

English 2 Honors

(I’m posting this for my former freshmen.)  The required summer reading text is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.  The English 2 Honors summer assignment is due on the first day of school, August 18th; here’s a “Crash Course US History” video that will help with the Vietnam War setting of the novel.  The other texts for the year will include works such as The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Othello by William Shakespeare.

AP English Literature

The three summer texts are Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.  (If you didn’t sign out a summer packet from me before the end of school, please email me at and then download the packet here and print it.)  All three parts of the summer packet (the Mythology questions and the two theme logs) are due in class on August 18th.  There will be a quote quiz on Jane Eyre on August 18th and an in-class essay on Siddhartha on August 19th.  Once you have the Mythology questions completed, I don’t expect you to spend any more time in the summer studying Mythology; that quizzie won’t happen for a few weeks.  The suggested reading order is as follows: Mythology, Siddhartha, Jane Eyre.summerreadingTexts for the year will include William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.  Here is a link to an Amazon list created for this class.  Monitor Focus closely this summer to be sure that you are indeed enrolled in my class; if not, contact your guidance counselor right away.

Other Classes

Week 6:5 (May 19-23)



Seniors: Plagiarism Notes10 Types of Plagiarism, Senior Research TaskQuoting/Paraphrasing/SummarizingFormat: MLA GuideMLA Template.rtf, APA GuideAPA Template.rtf, Son of Citation MachineResearch: Gale (password: pinellas); Misc: Accessing Your AP Scores Online this Summer

Freshmen: TKAM Journal Entry Instructions, TKAM E-textTKAM Theme LogSAT Vocab #4, MLA TemplateExam Review GuideSummer Reading ListGrammarly

Final Exam Schedule

Week 6:4 (May 12-16)



Seniors: AP Score CalculatorPlagiarism Notes10 Types of PlagiarismSenior Research TaskQuoting/Paraphrasing/SummarizingFormat: MLA GuideMLA Template.rtf, APA GuideAPA Template.rtf, Citation MachineResearch: Gale (password: pinellas)

Freshmen: TKAM Journal Entry Instructions, TKAM E-textTKAM Vocab ListTKAM Theme Log, SAT Vocab #4Summer Reading List / RJ Essay: Writing About LiteratureEssay-WritingQuote-WeavingCitation & Weaving ExamplesSample EssayEssay Outline & Rubric, MLA Template

Week 6:3 (May 5-9)



Seniors: Reading ScheduleAP Score CalculatorPractice Exam #2“Cathedral” Multiple Choice Practice (and the Key for your personal review), Major Works Poster Packet (2014), MWPP (2013)

Freshmen: TKAM Journal Entry InstructionsTKAM E-text, TKAM Vocab ListTKAM Theme LogWheel of FeelsLiterature Terms10 Types of PlagiarismProofreading ExpectationsVocab Presentation InstructionsTurnitin Registration Instructions / RJ Essay: Outline & RubricCitation & Weaving ExamplesSample EssayWriting About LiteratureEssay-WritingQuote-Weaving, MLA Template

FAIR Testing     Today’s Key: EA7898

Week 6:2 (Apr. 28-May 2)



AP Literature: Reading Schedule, Guide for Monday’s Lit Term QuizMajor Works Data Sheet TemplateOpen Response ListsLiterary Time Periods Review, The Stranger Journal TipsPractice Exam #2, Tone ListSaturday Practice Exam Scoring WorksheetAP Score Calculator / Practice Exam Dates: April 26th (8:30-12:00)

To Kill a Mockingbird: Journal Entry InstructionsNotes, E-textVocab ListTheme Log / Romeo and Juliet: E-textThesis NotesThesis GuidelinesThesis Generator, Subordinating ConjunctionsWriting About LiteratureOutline GeneratorEssay-WritingQuote-Weaving, Citation & Weaving ExamplesSample RJ EssayEssay Outline & Rubric / Misc: Soliloquy ColormarkingHelp with ColormarkingTips for Reading ShakespeareWheel of Feels, Literature Terms10 Types of Plagiarism, Proofreading ExpectationsVocab Presentation InstructionsTurnitin Registration Instructions

Week 6:1 (Apr. 21-25)



AP Literature: Reading ScheduleMajor Works Data Sheet TemplateOpen Response ListsLiterary 3×3 InstructionsLiterary Time Periods ReviewAP Score Calculator, The Stranger Journal TipsWednesday’s Sonnet HandoutPractice Exam #1 (key for multiple-choice section), Practice Exam #2 (multiple-choice section only, key included); Fairy Tale Lit-Crit: Literary Criticism SheetsMLA Template, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Princess and the Pea”, “The Little Gingerbread Man”, “Puss in Boots”, “The Ugly Duckling”Practice Exam Dates: April 19th (8:30-12:00), April 26th (8:30-12:00)

Romeo and Juliet: Act IV JournalScene Performance Project InfoTips for Reading ShakespeareThesis NotesThesis GuidelinesThesis GeneratorWriting About LiteratureE-textTheme LogQuote-WeavingEssay-Writing, Sample EssayEssay Outline & Rubric / To Kill a Mockingbird: NotesColormarking, Help with ColormarkingTheme LogVocab List (with Period-Specific Word Assignments); Other: SAT Vocab #3FCAT Lab/Time Assignments, ePAT (

Week 5:6 (Apr. 14-17)



Seniors: Reading ScheduleLiterary 3×3 ExamplesMajor Works Data Sheet TemplateOpen Response Book List & All PromptsAP Vocab ListSenior Survey Instructions (complete it by Tuesday), Practice Exam #1 (key for multiple-choice section); Practice Exam Dates: April 19th (8:30-12:00), April 26th (8:30-12:00)

Freshmen: RJ Act IV JournalRJ Audio-playScene Performance Project Info, Tips for Reading ShakespeareSAT Vocab # 3ePAT ( Thesis NotesThesis GuidelinesThesis GeneratorWriting About LiteratureRJ E-textTheme LogSample EssayHelp with Quote-WeavingHelp with Essay Writing

Week 5:5 (Apr. 7-11)


Seniors: Reading ScheduleExistentialism NotesWaiting for Godot PromptsEliminating Wordiness from Your WritingLiterary 3×3 ExamplesMajor Works Data Sheet Template

Freshmen: RJ Act II JournalRJ Act III JournalRJ Act IV JournalRJ Vocab ListRJ E-Text with Line NumbersRJ Audio-playRJ Theme LogScene Performance Project InfoHelp with Quote-WeavingFCAT Goal Sheet, 5:4′s Shakespeare Handouts (his World, his Language, his Stage), 5:4′s Shakespeare Notes (his World, his Language [in outline form], his Stage), List of Scenes for Group PerformanceThesis Notes