Senior AP Summer Reading 2011-2012
Meet Our Teachers:
Ms. Nancy Capparelli,
Ms. Laurel Coffey
Ms. Donna Farley
Ms. Wendy Perrone
Ms. Mary Seymour
Mr. Stephen Callaghan
Reading and writing ... .communicating in all forms. We do these each and every day, no matter who we are.
As a department, we strive to make sure our students are able to master these skills so that they are prepared for the future that awaits them after Assabet. Beyond preparing students for the MCAS and Stanford tests as well as SATs and the Accuplacer, teachers in our department ensure that students have the skills to communicate effectively, think critically, and read thoughtfully.
Topics by Year
- read mythology
- study the structure of short stories
- analyze poetry
- read and perform Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
- review grammar concepts
- prepare for the MCAS test
- read novels, like Hatchet and To Kill a Mockingbird
- continue to read and analyze short stories and poetry
- read and perform Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
- continue to study grammar concepts
- prepare for the MCAS test, administered in the spring
- focus on American Literature
- study the history and background of the Salem Witch Trials, often while reading and analyzing The Crucible
- read and analyze Native American poetry
- read and analyze classic and contemporary American novels, short stories, plays, and poetry
- review research techniques; choose a topic and devise a thesis for a research paper; research, using print and non-print sources; follow the MLA rules for proper citation and bibliography format; and write a cohesive, thesis-based research paper of six or more pages
- prepare to take the Accuplacer test
- have the opportunity to take the AP English Language & Composition course and exam if they meet the prerequisites
- focus on British Literature
- prepare the written portion of the Senior Project
- read and analyze ancient texts such as Beowulf and "The Wanderer"
- read and analyze Middle English texts such as The Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and King Arthur and Camelot tales
- read and perform Shakespearean plays such as Macbeth or Hamlet
- prepare resumes and cover letters
- practice writing college application essays
- have the opportunity to take the AP English Literature & Composition course and exam if they meet the prerequisites
Students who need additional work to reach grade-level reading skills will be enrolled in Reading A, B, or C.
Students who fail to pass the MCAS as sophomores will be expected to attend MCAS English Preparation, held after school on Wednesdays in B200.
Our department also sponsors a variety of electives, including Creative Writing I and II; Sports Literature; Novel and Film; Journalism, Publications; and Television, the Internet, and You.