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Have an Outstanding Summer!

See you August 10! 

 

Summer Reading Announcement - ALL Villages High School students grades 9-12 are required to read The Alchemist this summer.  As part of the One School, One Book program, students will see that the theme and messages included in Paul Coehlo's novel will carry throughout each class this school year. That means, regardless of which courses you take, you will be discussing this novel.  From English to Math, Dance to Weightlifting, Culinary Arts to Graphic Arts, EVERYONE will be discussing this novel.  It will also serve as our school theme for the year during pep rallies and other activities.  Please be sure to get a copy from your local library, the school's media center, or purchase you own at your local book store and come to school on August 10 prepared to discuss your experience with the reading.

 

AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION REQUIRED SUMMER READING/ASSIGNMENT NOTICE

Students enrolled/enrolling in AP Language and Composition for the 2017-2018 school year (juniors and/or seniors) must complete a summer reading assignment. I have paired this assignment with the One School, One Book reading of The Alchemist.  Please see the PDF below titled "AP Language Summer Reading - 2017" for complete assignment instructions.

If you are not sure whether or not AP is on your course list for next year, please see your guidance counselor.  The requirements for the course are as follows: B or better in English II Honors or an A in English II and Level 4 or better on FSA Language Arts Exam/or college-ready scores on PERT/ACT/SAT.

Additional information including links to help get you started on your Rhetorical Devices Notebook can be found on my AP Language & Composition website

 

  

Ramsell Teacher Supply List for 9th Grade ENG I/ENG I Honors and AP Language and Composition

The following supplies will be required for all of my classes.  Please be prepared and have all of these with you each day. 

  • Chromebook 
  • Notebook or loose leaf college-ruled paper in a binder (your choice) dedicated to English class
  • Pens & pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Plenty of post-it notes for annotations

 

 

Helpful Links For All Students

  • Great practice for Parallelism Structure Identification - ChompChomp
  • We will be using NoRedInk for grammar assistance in the classroom.
  • We will also be using USA Test Prep to prepare for the FSA exam and help direct individualized learning.
  • Looking for resources to study this summer? You will find Free ACT Practice Tests here. There are a number of practice tests here for you to use to practice Grammar and Reading skills this summer. The bonus?  You get ACT/SAT/FSA practice at the same time!
  • Access your textbook online!   Please visit Pearson Easy Bridge and log in using your school email account and password.  
  • Google Classroom link
  • NoRedInk is a great grammar study tool - we will use it in class, but students are encouraged to use it on their own, as well
  • Grammar Bytes is a good site to use to practice grammar skills
  • Sentence diagramming help with Elizabeth from Grammar Revolution
  • Another wonderful writing resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab, also known as the Purdue OWL.  I will refer to this site often in class.  Here is a great link for what your MLA formatted paper must include/look like. 
  • Writing Commons is another helpful writing and speaking (presentation skills) site. While the site does say it is for college level writers, there is plenty of information on the site that we review in class.  I think you will find that it is easy to understand and navigate. 
  • The State Exam (FSA) website shares valuable information for students and parents/guardians and includes a training test and guide. 
  • P.E.R.T. (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test) - Florida's customized common placement test - information can be found here.  
  • The Center for Online Education has an Academic Writing Guide that has helpful advice on various types of academic writing, common grammar pitfalls, citations, and more.
  • Helpful links for prefix, suffix and root word work. 

 

Contact: Jennifer.Ramsell@tvcs.org

PDF documents
AP Language Summer Reading - 2017 - Summer reading is an AP requirement
Chromebook Device User Agreement - Must be read/signed by student and guardian
LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION - Available to all students

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