Welcome to Columbia’s Honors 9 English Program!
Hello! My name is Mrs. Stevenson and I am super excited to meet you all. I am just losing my Honors/Pre AP students after having most of them for 2 years. My program went from 35 to 95 in just one year! While I am very sad to see my last students move on, I am very excited to get new recruits! I have high expectations but you will truly learn to enjoy my English class. It’s not more work, it’s just different work. I have heard many great things about you and you middle school teachers, so I can’t to meet you! If you have any questions over the summer, do not be afraid to email and ask your question—there are NO dumb questions. I also have a website! Get in the habit of checking this site because all your Columbia teachers will have websites.
Summer is the perfect time for reading! Research shows students’ reading skills decline during the summer. Therefore, in order to continue to develop strong reading skills and emphasize the importance of life-long reading, the Columbia High School English Department has implemented summer reading requirements for all Honors, Pre AP, and AP classes.
It is our goal to strengthen the reading and analytical skills of all students so that they are academically prepared for the upcoming school year. Summer reading is intended to be a purposeful and true assessment tool for incoming students and they will be assessed during the first few weeks of school to gauge the student’s ability to read, analyze, and interpret literature at a level expected of incoming students. These assessments will influence instruction, especially at the beginning of the semester. Written communication skills are simultaneously assessed, also at a level expected of incoming students.
The book you read will be part of in-class assignments given later and students are encouraged to take notes regarding plot summary, central conflict, symbols, relevant themes, and character development so that they are prepared for the summer reading assignment. We recommend students purchase copies of the books so that may annotate as needed. It is our intention to help our students develop the necessary critical reading and thinking skills necessary for success.
For your summer assignment, you are reading the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Written by Harper Lee in 1960, as the Civil Rights Movement was gaining full speed in this country, this is a story of growing up in the decade of The Great Depression, the 1930’s, in a very prejudiced southern United States. The novel is fiction, but Harper Lee draws from her own memories of experiences she had growing up in 1930’s Alabama. Most of the students who actually read this book have said it is their favorite. You need, as you are reading the novel, to go on-line and learn what you can about the following:
1) The Great Depression
2) The Dust Bowl
3) Harper Lee’s background
4) The Scottsboro Trial
Can’t wait to meet you,
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