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I would argue that the skills of deep reading and deep writing can be taught to anyone.  The caveat is that you must be, not necessarily enamored of these activities, but simply willing to engage in them.  You must open to the possibility that you may enjoy them more than you expect, but also to the possibility that you may not.  You need to be prepared to keep stabbing away at them even if you find them difficult, boring, or even infuriating, in the hope that you will get better, and with the faith that you will learn something.

– Siobhan Curious

Classroom as Microcosm

If you like facebook quizzes, try these!

The University of Bristol, England has a bunch of self-test grammar exercises .  No pressure, no grade, just honest self-tests for you at home.  Really good for those of you who meed refreshers (or new lessons) in grammar and mechanics that we only touch on in class.

AP Test Section II: What it will look like!

Click here to see the format of the test pages.

AP Eng Lit and Comp

SPRP WC LIst QuickGuide

If you've  lost all your packets, and internet access, this is for you.


The Following Information Came From Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL):

Your Works Cited List

The works cited list should appear at the end of your essay. It provides the information necessary for a reader to locate and be able to read any sources you cite in the essay. Each source you cite in the essay must appear in your works-cited list; likewise, each entry in the works-cited list must be cited in your text. Preparing your works cited list using MLA style is covered in chapter six of the MLA Style Manual , and chapter four of the Handbook for Writing Research Papers. Here are some guidelines for preparing your works cited list.

List Format

  • Begin your works cited list on a separate page from the text of the essay under the label Works Cited (with no quotation marks, underlining, etc.), which should be centered at the top of the page.
  • Make the first line of each entry in your list flush left with the margin. Subsequent lines in each entry should be indented one-half inch. This is known as a hanging indent.
  • Double space all entries, with no skipped spaces between entries.
  • Keep in mind that underlining and italics are equivalent; you should select one or the other to use throughout your essay.
  • Alphabetize the list of works cited by the first word in each entry (usually the author's last name),

Basic Rules for Citations

  • Authors' names are inverted (last name first); if a work has more than one author, invert only the first author's name, follow it with a comma, then continue listing the rest of the authors.
  • If you have cited more than one work by a particular author, order them alphabetically by title, and use three hyphens in place of the author's name for every entry after the first.
  • When an author appears both as the sole author of a text and as the first author of a group, list solo-author entries first.
  • If no author is given for a particular work, alphabetize by the title of the piece and use a shortened version of the title for parenthetical citations.
  • Capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc. This rule does not apply to articles, short prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle.
  • Underline or italicize titles of books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and films.
  • Use quotation marks around the titles of articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers. Also use quotation marks for the titles of short stories, book chapters, poems, and songs.
  • List page numbers efficiently, when needed. If you refer to a journal article that appeared on pages 225 through 250, list the page numbers on your Works Cited page as 225-50.

If you're citing an article or a publication that was originally issued in print form but that you retrieved from an online database, you should provide enough information so that the reader can locate the article either in its original print form or retrieve it from the online database (if they have access). For more about this, see our discussion of electronic sources .


Socratic Seminar 2016-17



Print the Soc Sem Packet from our locker.  Bring it, your prep work, and your text to any seminar we have, no matter the length.

  • There is always prep work.
  • Prep work will involve writing, and will be scored.  Take care and thought with it:  write in paragraphs, always use text.  That will make seminars richer.  Type it or write in pen.
  • There will always be reflections:  honest, accurate, and complete ones.  They may be graded as well. 

PREPWORK AND REFLECTIONS are the most tangible evidence of your efforts, and the primary source of your score. 


REFLECTIONS:  Type or write in pen; format as paragraphs.

  • WHAT DID I LEARN?  Be specific.  What ideas intrigued you, enraged you, engaged you?  Address content-specific insights that you connected with.   

I MISSED SEMINAR...WHAT DO I DO?    Attach your completed prepwork to your absence email as a place holder.  Turn in the hard copy with the make up work the following day.  Check with me, or here on the web on the day of seminar, for specific make-up prompts.  If you miss Soc Sem, you can't write a reflection

I submitted it to late. What do I do?

You email me that you've submitted it so that I don't have to check every day in the hopes that you've followed instructions.

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