"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information." -Paulo Friere

Monday, January 11, 2010

Homework over Winter Break

Ah, winter break. Time for catching up on sleep, having family reunions, hanging out with friends, and of course, curling up on the couch with your favorite hot beverage and a great book to read.

Here is what you should be reading over break.

10th graders:

Please read 30 pages per week from a novel or nonfiction book of your choice. Each week, fill out a journal, logging what you read and your responses to it. Each journal entry should be about 1 sourcebook page. By the end of break, you should have read 120 pages, and written 4 pages about them.

Each Journal entry should be titled "Winter break reading, week # ____"

Each entry should include the following:
--Title of what you read.
--Page numbers you read. Example:pages 45-75
--A quick summary of what happened in your pages
--Your reactions, such as questions, opinions, and connections to other texts

Happy winter reading!

12th graders:

Please read The Grapes of Wrath, and be ready for a reading test on it the day we get back from break. The reading test will be a similar format to previous ones. I had originally planned on also having you read another book, Things Fall Apart, but I have cut that from the syllabus. I feel it's more important to go deeper on a fewer number of books than to read a wide selection.

If you want to get ahead on your reading (which I highly suggest!), read Heart of Darkness, and then if you're really ambitious, Beloved, which are the other two novels we will get to before the AP exam in May. (Check the calendar for reading test dates, but keep in mind that I'll probably be tweaking these a little over break.

Another optional way to study for your AP English Literature and Composition exam is to do timed essays on your own. You can find past AP essay prompts here. I will be assigning quite a few timed writes next semester, as well, so don't stress about this if you have higher priority things to get done.

Remember, also, to get lots of sleep and enjoy your family.... you won't be home too much longer!

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