Week 1:2 (Aug. 20-24)

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Pre-IB Inquiry Skills: SyllabusIB Calendar, CTSS Rosters, Grammar Diagnostic (class code is elbow-option), Planner Rubric

English 2 Honors: SyllabusThe Things They Carried AssignmentFour QuestionsColormarking #1“Harrison Bergeron” E-text“Harrison Bergeron” AssignmentTransitions Toolbox

Pre-IB English 2: SyllabusColormarking #1Transitions Toolbox“Harrison Bergeron” E-textVonnegut Background“Once Upon a Time” E-textGordimer Background“Once Upon a Time” AssignmentProse VocabularyComp. Book Task #1

AP Research: Syllabus, PREPs #1-3Purdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography Template, CRAAP TestTurnitin.com Registration, Protecting Human Research Participants CertificationSample Student PresentationsPresentation Rubric / Assigned Readings: What Research Is Not & What Research IsLanguageThe Human Mind / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: SyllabusDiscussion PrepJane Eyre E-textTurnitin.com RegistrationJane Eyre Journal,  Sample JournalsFirst Quarter Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Siddhartha Open Essay Rubric

Week 1:1 (Aug. 13-17)

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  • Blue letters/symbols on the indicate a handout or notes being given in class.
  • Green symbols indicate classroom activities (e.g., groupwork, lectures, lessons).
  • Red letters/symbols indicate an assignment due date or assessment.

Welcome to a new school year! I’ve posted the week’s agenda for all to see. This is a weekly occurrence, usually done on Thursday afternoon for the week which follows. Please refer to the key above to make clearest sense of the agenda. You can also click on the schedule for a larger zoom-able image of the board. Below, you’ll find downloadable versions of this week’s in-class handouts along with a few other helpful documents.

Pre-IB Inquiry Skills: Syllabus, IB Calendar, CTSS Rosters, Grammar Diagnostic (class code is elbow-option)

English 2 Honors: SyllabusSummer AssignmentFour QuestionsColormarking #1“Harrison Bergeron” E-text

Pre-IB English 2: Syllabus, Summer AssignmentColormarking #1

AP Research: Syllabus, Summer AssignmentEBSCO HostGale Databases (password is pinellas), JSTORGoogle ScholarPurdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography Template, CRAAP TestTurnitin.com RegistrationProtecting Human Research Participants CertificationCourse Credit PoliciesHigh-Scoring Student Papers: Mixed #1Qual #1Qual #2Qual #3Qual #4Qual #5Quant #1Quant #2Quant #3

AP Literature: Syllabus, Summer AssignmentDiscussion PrepJane Eyre E-textTurnitin.com RegistrationJane Eyre Journal

Literature Improves Empathy


Have you ever felt that reading a good book makes you better able to connect with your fellow human beings? If so, the results of a new scientific study back you up, but only if your reading material is literary fiction – pulp fiction or non-fiction will not do.

Great Expectations from great literature … empathy occurs in the spaces between characters, such as Joe and Pip, pictured here in the 2012 film adaptation. Photograph: Moviestore/Rex Features

Empathy occurs in the spaces between characters, such as Joe and Pip in Great Expectations, pictured here in the 2012 film adaptation. Photograph: Moviestore/Rex Features

Psychologists David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, at the New School for Social Research in New York, have proved that reading literary fiction enhances the ability to detect and understand other people’s emotions, a crucial skill in navigating complex social relationships.

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Literature Improves Thinking

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Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It’s a common condition, but a highly problematic one. The compulsion to quell that unease can inspire snap judgments, rigid thinking, and bad decision-making.

Fortunately, new research suggests a simple antidote for this affliction: Read more literary fiction.

A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure.” Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater creativity.

“Exposure to literature,” the researchers write in the Creativity Research Journal, “may offer a (way for people) to become more likely to open their minds.”

Djikic and her colleagues describe an experiment featuring 100 University of Toronto students. After arriving at the lab and providing some personal information, the students read either one of eight short stories or one of eight essays. The fictional stories were by authors including Wallace Stegner, Jean Stafford, and Paul Bowles; the non-fiction essays were by equally illustrious writers such as George Bernard Shaw and Stephen Jay Gould.

Afterwards, each participant filled out a survey measuring their emotional need for certainty and stability. They expressed their agreement or disagreement with such statements as “I don’t like situations that are uncertain” and “I dislike questions that can be answered in many different ways.” Continue reading

Week 4:8 (May 7-11)

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Pre-IB English 2: Macbeth E-text, “Reading Shakespeare”Theme LogA3-4 RolesB3-4 RolesC3-4 Roles, Suggested Open Prompts for MacbethWeaving & Citation GuideProofreading ExpectationsThesis GeneratorThesis NotesOutline FormTransitions ToolboxFinal Exam ScheduleTheme Reflection #2, Semester Grade ChartExam Study Guide

AP Literature: Past Open Essay PromptsSuggested Works for Open EssayAP Lit TermsAP Score Calculator, Major Works Data Sheet (2018)MWDP (2017)MWDP (2016)MWDP (2015)MWDP (2014)MWDP (2013)

Week 4:7 (Apr. 30-May 4)

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Pre-IB English 2:  Macbeth E-text, “Reading Shakespeare” PacketTheme LogA3-4 RolesB3-4 RolesC3-4 Roles, Suggested Open PromptsQuotation Weaving & Citation GuideProofreading ExpectationsThesis GeneratorThesis NotesProof-of-Concept Outline Form (Unofficial)Transitions Toolbox & Elaboration/Analysis StartersTheme Reflection #2, Semester Grade ChartFinal Exam Study GuideFinal Exam Schedule (for IB students)

AP Literature: Major Works Data Sheet TemplatePast Open Essay PromptsSuggested Works for Open EssayAP Lit TermsAP Score CalculatorMajor Works Data Packet (2017)MWDP (2016)MWDP (2015)MWDP (2014)MWDP (2013)

Week 4:6 (Apr. 23-27)

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Pre-IB English 2: Macbeth E-textMacbeth Notes“Reading Shakespeare” PacketMacbeth Theme LogA3-4 RolesB3-4 RolesC3-4 Roles, Freshmen FSA Reading Testing Room ListFSA Practice TestFinal Exam Schedule (for IB students)

AP Research: Digital PortfolioUser Guide for the Digital PortfolioSenior Exam Schedule (for traditional, non-AP classes)

AP LiteratureReading ScheduleMLA TemplateFinal Poetry PacketNotes on AbsurdismMajor Works Data Sheet TemplateLiterary 3×3 ExamplesPast Open Essay PromptsSuggested Works for Open EssaySenior Exam Schedule (for traditional, non-AP classes)

Week 4:5 (Apr. 16-20)

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Pre-IB English 2: Macbeth E-textMacbeth Notes“Reading Shakespeare” PacketMacbeth Character ListMacbeth Theme LogA3-4 RolesB3-4 RolesC3-4 RolesTheme Reflection #1, Transitions Toolbox, FSA Practice Test

AP Research: PREP #19-30Digital PortfolioUser Guide for the Digital PortfolioTips for a Great Presentation (Good & Bad Examples)Presentation & Oral Defense RubricOral Defense QuestionsSample Presentation

AP LiteratureReading ScheduleMLA TemplateFinal Poetry PacketAP Credit PoliciesNotes on AbsurdismMajor Works Data Sheet TemplateLiterary 3×3 ExamplesPast Open Essay PromptsSuggested Works for Open Essay