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Welcome to Caroline Howard's website for Yearbook, AP Language and Compostion, and Honors English 11. I am excited about all of the instruction and projects this year, and about learning alongside my classes. I expect all of my students to wholeheartedly embrace reading, writing, and thinking. So often, I hear, "Well, I like to read about things I'm interested in." That's fine, but building memory, honing critical thinking skills, challenging difficult texts, formulating opinions, and communicating our thoughts takes hard work. The brain is a muscle; use it or lose it! In fact, research shows us that if we are not tackling texts that are "harder" than we like, we will lose ground. This self-sifting happens most often in the leap to junior year. Juniors, especially, must build mental muscle so that you won't slip through the sieve. We are in this together, so let's have fun while we moan and groan!


Recent Posts

Malcolm X Ballot or Bullet

Select one of the numbered paragraphs. Analyze the rhetorical devices Malcolm X uses to persuade his audience. Be sure to use evidence from the text, link two (or more) rhetorical devices represented, and discuss the probably effect on the audience (that is, were the devices effective and why). Indicate which paragraph you are analyzing, and be sure to use 3-4 times as much commentary as quoted material. Highlight in blue the quoted words, and highlight in yellow your commentary. Submit to turnitin by midnight tonight.

Moby DIck Questions for Chapter One

Detail Questions:

Why does Ishmael go to sea? What causes him to go to sea?

Contrast a passenger with Ishmael’s reasons for going to sea.


Who is Cato? Why did he fall on his sword? (Look up.)


RA questions: (A reminder – use quotes from the text. In Q2, if you do not LINK the rhetorical device to an intended effect on the reader, you will get no higher than a 4, and that is only if the writing is superior.)


1-What tone does the character Ishmael take in Chapter 1?


2-Locate three images. Describe the effect of these images on the reader by analyzing the diction (words) used.


3-At the end of Chapter 1, how should the reader be feeling? (That is, Melville has a rhetorical purpose when he writes this preface; what is it? How does he want readers to feel?)

RUBRIC for Chore Reflection (Puritan Plain Style)

Puritan Plain Style                 Name ­­­­­­­­­­­_________ Grade _________________

 RUBRIC for Chore Reflection (Puritan Plain Style)

_______ Focuses on a simple chore (__________________________)                              _______ Reflective tone

_______ Metaphorical relation to a meaningful idea                                                  _______ Sensory imagery (Add-on's)

_______ Art enhances text                                                                                                           _______ Picture of the writer enhances text

_______ Conventions (sp, punct.,grammar, etc.)                                                                                                                _______ Visual literacy (1-2 pages)

_______Double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point,                                              1" margins all sides



Baseline Writing and Multiple Choice

This week AP will be taking the second half of a baseline Multiple Choice Test and 3 baseline Free Response essays (Q1-Synthesis, Q2 - Rhetorical Analysis, and Q3 - Argument.)

Open House

Thanks to all the parents who visited our classrooms tonight! It was great to meet 31 of you who took time from your evening to partner with your junior by coming to E15. It meant a lot to me!

Honors-Lit Period Presentations

Everyone is doing an excellent job on these first comprehensive presentations! Thank you for your hard work to give us a roadmap of our studies in Am Lit!

ACT Webinar tonight: Honors 11

If you have registered, don't forget to check for the handouts that have been mailed to you. Also, you need 3 screenshots (shift +command +3) to complete the assignment.

About the ACT webinar

Here are 3 ACT webinars that are available to our students.  These webinars are provided by Jane Ross Tutoring and completely free.  The content for each webinar as well as the date are listed below:
JRT Power Session (English Webinar) - August 24, 2016 from 8:00pm – 8:30pm
JRT Power Session (Math Webinar) - August 31, 2016 from 8:00pm – 8:30pm
JRT Power Session (Reading Webinar) - September 7, 2016 from 8:00pm – 8:30pm