"You don't need to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
GENERAL INFORMATION AND LINKS...
Late work policy:
Make-up work following excused absences will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the length of and reason for the absence.
Make-up work following unexcused absences will be awarded a maximum of 80% credit for the first three unexcused absences, and a maximum of 50% credit for any subsequent unexcused absences.
I will accept MOST work one day late for 50% credit. I will not accept late work that is more than one day late. I will not accept late work if we have already gone over the answers in class.
EHS English Research Packet (9th/10th grades)
EHS English Research Packet (11th/12th grades)
Online Writing Lab at Purdue (general writing/grammar/formatting help)
Glen Carbon Public Library (see me for login information for research databases)
Edwardsville Public Library (because libraries are GREAT!)
The Edwardsville Arts Center (free, local, and impressive)
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (also free, and if you haven't been there, you should check it out - shows run each year in early June)
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS/WHAT I'M READING...
Night, Elie Wiesel - I've wanted to read this for quite some time, but finally got around to it this summer (2016). Wiesel relates his experience in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany with a voice that I found uplifting and heartbreakingly beautiful.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee - This is now a part of our 9th grade curriculum, and it's one of my absolute favorites books (It's a pretty good film, too!). It addresses integrity, compassion, and the importance of "climbing into someone else's skin and walking around in it."
Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee - I read this as soon as it was released, and it does NOT make my list of favorites, but it does provide an interesting perspective on Maycomb. It focuses on Scout, the narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird, as a woman in her twenties, returning home, and coming to terms with her father as a flawed human being. I'll take the Atticus of TKM, thanks. I found Watchman to be a far less polished and cohesive novel than TKM.
13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher - This is a great, relatable book about the choices and interactions we have with others, and the consequences, intended and unintended, of our actions. I've read it several times, and it still makes me think. (Note: There is some mature content.)
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini - It's been a little while since I re-read this one, but it also makes my list of favorites. It focuses on choices and how they define a character. It is also a novel about redemption and atonement. It has mature language and content, so be warned.
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls - Walls' memoir had me reading snippets aloud to my family, my students - anyone who would listen. The story of her childhood was engrossing, humorous, and uplifting, and opened my eyes to a life totally different from my own.