Week 1:5 (Sept. 10-14)

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Pre-IB Inquiry Skills: IB CalendarCTSS RostersQuill.org (class code is elbow-option), Planner Check RubricCreating a Study Plan

English 2 Honors: Proofreading Expectations“My Life as a Bat” AssignmentWrite Score LoginTurnitin.com Registration / Korematsu Task: Intro to the Case“Japanese Relocation”, “Japanese American Internment”, A More Perfect UnionVideo Analysis ActivityBlack & Murphy Opinions with Focus Question and Essay Prompt

Pre-IB English 2: Transitions ToolboxStated & Implied ThemeProse VocabularyProofreading ExpectationsWheel Of FeelsNarrative TaskWrite Score LoginExplanatory Essay Planning Sheet“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” E-textO’Connor Background“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” E-textLe Guin BackgroundNote-taking Task

AP Research: SyllabusPurdue OWLResearch MethodsInquiry Proposal FormPREP #6PREP #7 / Medium Samples: Hard ScienceHumanities/HistoryHumanities/ArtsSocial Science / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Reading SchedulePoetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Frankenstein E-textFrankenstein Vocab AssignmentFrankenstein Journal

Week 1:4 (Sept. 4-7)

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Pre-IB Inquiry Skills: IB CalendarCTSS RostersQuill.org (class code is elbow-option), Planner Check Rubric

English 2 Honors: Transitions ToolboxProofreading Expectations“My Life as a Bat” Assignment“The Boy Died in My Alley”, Wheel Of FeelsWrite Score LoginExplanatory Essay Planning SheetTurnitin.com Registration

Pre-IB English 2: Transitions ToolboxStated & Implied ThemeProse VocabularyProofreading ExpectationsWheel Of FeelsNarrative TaskNarrative TaskWrite Score LoginExplanatory Essay Planning Sheet“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” E-textO’Connor Background“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” E-textLe Guin BackgroundNote-taking Task

AP Research: SyllabusPurdue OWLResearch MethodsInquiry Proposal Form (PDF)PREP #5,  PREP #6 / Medium Samples: Hard ScienceHumanities/HistoryHumanities/ArtsSocial Science / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Turnitin.com RegistrationSample JournalsQuarter 1 Reading ScheduleQuarter 1 Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Frankenstein E-textFrankenstein Vocab AssignmentFrankenstein Journal

Week 1:3 (Aug. 27-31)

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Pre-IB Inquiry Skills: IB CalendarCTSS RostersQuill.org (class code is elbow-option), , Planner Check RubricSQ4R Practice Worksheet

English 2 Honors: The Things They Carried AssignmentColormarking #1“Harrison Bergeron” E-text“Harrison Bergeron” AssignmentTransitions ToolboxProofreading ExpectationsColormarking #2“My Life as a Bat” Assignment“The Boy Died in My Alley”, Wheel Of Feels

Pre-IB English 2: Colormarking #1Transitions Toolbox“Harrison Bergeron” E-text“Once Upon a Time” E-textStated & Implied ThemeProse VocabularyComp Book Task #1Proofreading ExpectationsColormarking #2“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” E-text, Wheel Of FeelsCommon ThemesNarrative Task

AP Research: SyllabusPREPs #1-3PREP #4Purdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography TemplateCRAAP TestTurnitin.com RegistrationProtecting Human Research Participants CertificationSample Student PresentationsPresentation RubricResearch Process Visualization InstructionsResearch MethodsResearch TermsInquiry Proposal Form / Search Databases: EBSCO HostGale DatabasesJSTORGoogle Scholar

AP Literature: Discussion PrepJane Eyre E-textTurnitin.com RegistrationJane Eyre JournalSample JournalsSiddhartha Open Essay RubricQuarter 1 Reading ScheduleQuarter 1 Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), Frankenstein E-text

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 Check Rubric

English 2 Honors: SyllabusThe Things They Carried AssignmentFour QuestionsColormarking #1“Harrison Bergeron” E-text“Harrison Bergeron” AssignmentTransitions Toolbox, “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”Proofreading Expectations“My Life as a Bat” Assignment, “The Boy Died in My Alley”

Pre-IB English 2: SyllabusColormarking #1Transitions Toolbox“Harrison Bergeron” E-textVonnegut Background“Once Upon a Time” E-textGordimer BackgroundStated & Implied ThemeProse VocabularyComp Book Task #1Proofreading ExpectationsColormarking #2, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” E-text

AP Research: Syllabus, PREPs #1-3, PREP #4Purdue OWLAnnotated Bibliography Template, CRAAP TestTurnitin.com Registration, Protecting Human Research Participants CertificationSample Student PresentationsPresentation RubricResearch Process Visualization InstructionsResearch MethodsResearch Terms / 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 JournalSample JournalsSiddhartha Open Essay RubricQuarter 1 Reading ScheduleQuarter 1 Poetry PacketMLA Template (for Poetry Responses), “The Boy Died in My Alley”

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), Planner Check Rubric

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)