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English Department

Cameli, Paul Massi
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Crotwell, Bobby L.
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Doyle, Jack
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Drager, Luranne
English Teacher
Eng, Christine
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Falls, Sara
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Gratch, Shamira
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Kim, Daniel
Teacher
Morris, Caitlin
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Retzinger, Hollie
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Ruffolo, Marc
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Sim, Ramany
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Sylvester, Richard
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Tesorero, Beatrice
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Walenta, Elaine
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English Department

Summer Reading Assignments

Abraham Lincoln High School Summer Reading Assignment:

SUMMER READING: The Lincoln High School English teachers expect all students to read one of the novels listed below over the summer. Select a novel for the grade level you are entering. These books are readily available in bookstores and libraries. Please make sure your parent/guardian approves of your choice. If you have been accepted into a 10th grade Accelerated, 11th grade Honors, or 12th grade AP English class, please see your teacher for your summer reading assignment.

 

 Entering Twelfth Grade

Title

Author

Autobiography of a Face

Grealy, Lucy

Life of Pi

Martel, Yann

Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro, Kazuo

Bone

Ng, Fae Myenne

Johnny Got His Gun

Trumbo, Dalton

 

Entering Eleventh Grade

 Title

Author

Slaughterhouse Five

Vonnegut, Kurt

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Haddon, Mark

Chinese Playground

Lee, Bill

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Hemingway, Ernest

Room

Donoghue, Emma

 

Entering Tenth Grade

 Title

Author

Monster

Myers, Walter

Chinese Cinderella

Mah, Adeline

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman

Feed

Anderson, M.T.

Makers

Doctorow, Cory

 

Entering Ninth Grade

 Title

Author

The Giver

Lowry, Lois

The Hobbit

Tolkien, J.R.

A Wrinkle in Time

L’Engle, Madeleine

The Book Thief

Zusak, Markus

The Little Prince

Saint-Exupery, Antoine

 

 

Assignment: Be prepared for some assessment of your summer reading when you return to school. We suggest you take some notes while reading your book.

What should I take notes on?

1. Significant passages: Copy a passage (a few sentences or a paragraph) that helps you understand the book, or that shows the author’s writing style. The passage might give you insight into a character, a conflict, or a theme of the novel.  Write the passage down word for word with the page number. Then, write a few sentences explaining what you notice about the passage.

2. Plot: Write a summary of the book you read.

3. Setting: What are the important locations and times? How does the setting influence and shape the characters?

4. Context: What do you know about the author and the author’s time period?

5. Characterization: List all the characters and describe their personalities. What does the narrator say about the characters? What do characters say about each other? What does each character say and do that helps you understand who they are?

6. Conflicts: external conflicts: What are the problems the characters have outside of themselves? Examples of external conflicts are: a fistfight between characters, or struggling against an outside force like poverty. Internal conflicts: What are the conflicts the characters face within themselves? An example of an internal conflict: struggling to make a decision or choice.

7. Themes: What are the ideas or messages the plot,   setting, characters, and conflicts show? Examples of themes are: money cannot buy happiness, compassion benefits people more than selfishness, or death is inevitable.

Bookstores (used and new books) in San Francisco:

The Great Overland Book Company: 345 Judah St. at 9th Ave. (415) 664-0126

Book Bay Main
: Main Library at the Grove Street Entrance
 30 Grove Street (between Hyde & Larkin)

Green Apple Books: 506 Clement Street (415) 387-2272

Fields Bookstore: 1419 Polk St. (415) 673-2027

Modern Times: 888 Valencia (415) 282-9246

Community Thrift Store: 623 Valencia Street (415) 861-4910

Bird & Beckett
: 2788 Diamond (at Chenery)
 (415) 586-6733

Bookshop West Portal
: 80 West Portal Avenue (at Vicente)
 (415) 564-8080


Booksmith
:1644 Haight Street  (415) 863-8688

 

Online: Amazon.com, Borders.com, Barnesandnoble.com Some of the texts with expired copyrights are available for free online. Do an online search for the book. Use the title of the book plus full text as your keyword search terms.

 

Libraries:

Main Library: 100 Larkin St.                                  
Richmond: 351 Ninth Ave.                              

Mission Bay: 960 Fourth St
Bayview: 1601 Lane St.                                       
Potrero: 1616 Twentieth St.                               
Glen Park: 2825  Diamond St.
Excelsior: 4400 Mission St.                                 
Mission: 300 Bartlett St.                                     
Ortega: 3223 Ortega St

Anza: 741 Thirtieth Ave.                                      
Sunset : 1305 Eighteenth Ave.                          
Parkside: 1200 Taraval St.

Ingelside: 1298 Ocean Ave.                                
Visitacion Valley: 45 Leland Ave.                      
Ocean View: 345 Randolph St.

Merced: 155 Winston Drive.                                 
West Portal: 190 Lenox St.                               
Chinatown: 1135 Powell St.

Bernal Heights: 500 Cortland Ave.                      
Portola: 380 Bacon St.

 

Abraham Lincoln High School

English Department Course Descriptions

 

 

 

Ninth Grade Literature (English One)

Ninth graders read a wide range of literature including but not limited to:To Kill A Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, Mythology and You, Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm.  We introduce critical reading skills such as annotation, vocabulary development, recognition of literary devices, and analysis of writing style for theme and tone. The basic structure of a paragraph and an essay are taught, and students are expected to learn how to write a personal narrative essay and an analytical, literature based essay.  Grammar, usage and mechanics are taught through revision of student writing and direct instruction. Some of the language concepts that we emphasize in ninth grade are: the parts of speech, the rules of punctuation, subject-verb agreement, comma splices and the parts of a sentence.

 

Tenth Grade Literature (English Two)

Tenth graders read a wide range of literature including but not limited to: The Joy Luck Club, Othello, Maus, The Color of Water, Raisin in the Sun, The Jungle, Yellow Raft In Blue Water andBless Me Ultima. We continue to build upon critical reading skills such as annotation, recognition of literary devices, vocabulary development, and an analysis of writing style for theme, tone, characterization and conflict. Students are expected to write more complex and developed analytical, literature-based essays, as well as expository essays.  MLA guidelines are introduced for citation and formatting. Grammar, usage and mechanics are taught through revision of student writing and direct instruction. Some of the language concepts that we emphasize in tenth grade are: syntactical structures, parallel structure, subject-verb agreement, the parts of speech (in more depth), clauses, and pronoun antecedent agreement.

 

Eleventh Grade American Literature

Eleventh graders read a wide range of literature including but not limited to: The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, Sula, and The Catcher in the Rye.We continue to build upon critical reading skills such as annotation, close reading, recognition of literary devices, vocabulary development, and an analysis of writing style for theme, tone, characterization, conflict, purpose, context, and audience. Students are expected to write more complex and developed analytical, literature-based essays, expository essays and persuasive essays. MLA guidelines are reinforced for citation and formatting. Grammar, usage and mechanics are taught through revision of student writing and direct instruction. Ninth and tenth grade grammar and usage concepts are reviewed. In addition, new concepts such as active versus passive voice and syntactical variety in student writing are introduced.

 

Twelfth Grade English Literature

Twelfth graders read a wide range of literature including but not limited to: Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Antigone, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Hamlet, Macbeth, Crime and Punishment and The Stranger. We continue to build upon critical reading skills such as annotation, close reading, recognition of literary devices, vocabulary development, and an analysis of writing style for theme, tone, characterization, conflict, purpose, context, and audience. Students are expected to write more complex and developed analytical, literature-based essays, expository essays and persuasive essays. Students are also expected to write a personal statement in preparation for college applications. MLA guidelines are reinforced for citation and formatting. Grammar, usage and mechanics are taught through revision of student writing and direct instruction.  All grammar and usage concepts are reviewed and assessed.

 

Additional English Classes:

 

Writing for Publication

The focus of this class will be on writing for publication. The main product will be the publication of the school newspaper, but we will explore other methods of publication as well, including ‘zines, blogs, and an art and literary journal.  Students are encouraged  to find their voices as writers, artists, journalists, and citizens, and are pushed  to experiment with a variety of forms.  Beyond writing for publication, students will examine the responsibility that the media have, look at questions of journalistic integrity, and explore the role that media have in shaping our society.  Students will learn how to write and think as a journalist and gain knowledge about how a news publication operates.  The class is student-centered and students help decide the direction our publications will take. Returning students take on leadership and mentoring roles in the class (This class counts as an English credit, not an elective and it can be taken instead of or in addition to a standard English class in most grade levels).

 

Eleventh Grade Honors American Literature

This course uses canonical American texts to chronologically explore the development of America as a nation, an identity and an idea. The art of rhetoric and argument is our central focus. In semester one, we investigate topics such as: the crucible of fear, the tension between the needs of the individual and the community, action versus inaction, and having the courage of one’s convictions. Some of the authors we read are Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison and J.D. Salinger.  In semester two, American issues of modernity such as alienation versus connection, and the dark side of individualism are explored through authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald,  Truman Capote and Tim O’Brien. We learn to deconstruct how an author creates meaning through stylistic choices and rhetorical strategies. In turn, we practice these skills in the texts we author. This course has a weighted GPA grade and the AP exam is called “Language and Composition.”

 

Twelfth Grade AP Literature:

In this course, students will read a number of classic works reflective of the European and American Literature canon.  Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Austen, Ellison and other writers and poets offer striking insights into such universal themes as identity, alienation, power, and community.  We will explore the ways that the art and literature in Europe and the United States were both reflective and prophetic about the way people saw and understood the world in which they lived.  We will try to use these texts as lenses through which we can make sense of the United States at the beginning of a new millennium and in the middle of our postmodern age (the proliferation of technology, consumerism, psychoanalysis, 9/11, globalization).  Concurrently, students will learn to move beyond simple comprehension of a text to an understanding of writing as craft (analyzing structure, style and themes), and will incorporate these techniques into their own expository and interpretative essays.  This course meets all the curricular requirements as described in the AP English Course Description guide and has been approved by the Advanced Placement College Board.

 

Twelfth Grade CSU Expository Reading and Writing Course:

This course is recommended for students who need additional support in order to pass the CSU placement test in English. The CSU Expository Reading & Writing course is a college preparatory class that focuses on interactive reading and writing processes using a rhetorical approach. Together we will engage in a relentless focus on text paired with analytical dialogue over controversial issues in order to foster critical thinking. Students will be asked to think critically about the material and go beyond the literal word while discussing how the material intersects with our own realities and experiences. Focusing on nonfiction, informative texts to build academic literacy, students will develop the reading and writing skills necessary that will be expected of them in a college level English course. Through the variety of material students will reflect on how they will grow individually and how they can create positive forces of change within their communities and larger society.