Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy Summer 2017!

Please don't forget your reading requirements for the following school year:

English Department

English Department Faculty

Jennifer Pust - Department Chair
Pete Barraza
Amy Chapman
Gilda De La CruzRandy Denis
Stephanie Dew
Kathleen Faas
Helen Fernandez
Nathan Fulcher
Diane Gonsalves
Noemi Gonzalez
Annette Gromala
Chon Lee
Meredith Louria
Tisha Reichle
Marla Schwartz
Andrea Shore
Paul Sinfield
Maria Stevens
Diane Toppel
Tina Ustation
Megan Walker
Kitaro Webb

Summer Reading for 2017

Over the summer, Samohi students are required to read two books.  You can get the books from a library or bookstore. (Santa Monica Public Library branches will have many copies.)  Then help your child make time to read them—a daily half-hour is perfect—and ask your child regularly about what’s happening.  Parents, if you too read the assigned books, the experience will be especially rewarding—for both of you! For complete 2017 Summer Reading information, all required titles, and free-choice recommendations.

Summer Reading 2017 Selections

1. The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is both a botanist and a mechanical engineer. After a freak accident, the rest of his crew leaves him on the Martian surface, thinking he was dead. The rest of the book is about how Watney tries to survive and the rescue efforts taken by NASA to retrieve him.

2. One Free Choice Book - Recommendations >
Honors AP Also Read:Incoming 9HP: Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
Incoming 10HP: Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Incoming 11AP: The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
Incoming 12AP: Candide - Voltaire and
The Bible, (following selections):

Old Testament
Genesis Ch 1 to 9; 11, 22
Exodus Ch 1-14; 19 to 20
Judges Ch 13 to 16
Ruth Ch 1 to 4
Job Ch 1 to 3; 8 to 10; 38, 42
Ecclesiastes Ch 1 to 3; 12
Song of Solomon Ch 1 to 4
Jonah Ch 1 to 4

New Testament
Matthew Ch 1 to 7; 24 to 28
Luke Ch 24
John Ch 20 to 21

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Final Weekly Agendas


Finish reading Book 3 for Monday, May 22nd
-discussion credit

Character Venn due Friday, May 26th.

Independent Reading Book Report due June 2nd, in hand.

Final Timed Essay on 1984 on final day, Wednesday, June 7th

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Weekly Agenda 5.8-5.12


Review Goldstein’s Book
-”War is Peace” Worksheet
-”Ignorance is Strength”
--key concepts
HW Read and Finish Book 3 for Thursday.


Quiz: Analyze the significance of ideas present in passages from both “War is Peace” and “Ignorance is Strength”

Begin discussion of Book 3
--symbols related to dehumanization
HW Read Book 3, Chapter 1 for Monday, Chapter 2 for Tuesday.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Weekly Agenda 5.1-5.5

Review Book 2, Chapters 1-6
HW Read Chapters 7 and 8 by THURSDAY: prepare to contrast Inner and Outer party.
AND, continue to add to Venn Draft.

SSR (no entry)

Review Chapters 7 and 8
-symbolism of items Inner party has access to
HW Begin reading Chapter 9, read through page 166 for MONDAY.  Fill in answers to numbers 1-10.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekly Agenda 4.24-4.28

Continue working on Body Biography for Winston
-collect evidence and connect it to body parts

Review Chapters 2-3
-essential language
-symbols to motif
-add answers and evidence to question worksheet
HW Read through Chapter 4 for Thursday, Read Chapter 5 for FRIDAY.

Journals Due #s6-8

Continue Review-Chapters 3-4

Begin Body Bio for Julia

Finish Questions for Chapter 5
HW Read through Chapters 6-7 for MONDAY.