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Posted by ehinton on November 17th, 2009

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English 10

Use the tabs above to find what you need.

AP English Language

Use the AP tab (above) and Blogroll (on the left) to find links to the pages you need.

ChessSetCHESS TEAM:  MHS has formed a Chess Club!  We play each day during study hall and every Wednesday after school.  Sign up with Mrs. Hinton if you are interested in joining.  All levels are welcome.

AUDITION!     Shelby County Poetry Players is a performance team that combines  poetry with theatre.  Each year the Poetry Players are featured performers at the University of Montevallo for the Write Connection and for the Write-in-the-Middle Conferences.   See Mrs. Hinton if you would like to try out for this award-winning team.

Shakespeare the movie by last year’s 4th period students!

 
 
  

 

 

 

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Past Assignments in English

Posted by ehinton on September 25th, 2007

AP ENGLISH Language

 Are YOU Ready for the AP Language Exam? Concept Checklist

AP English Language and Composition Exam Tips

Over 600 Multiple Choice Practice Questions

Free Response Practice for AP Language

Third Nine Weeks:   How Does the Speaker Tell His Story?

AP Mock Exam – Saturday, January 20, 2015

Popular AP Language Books – GoodReads        Good readers make great writers!  Read at least one good book each month.  You will receive grades for two books (outside reading) each nine week grading period. Read more books, earn more points.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald begins January 6, 2015 Daily Assignments on The Great Gatsby

  • The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)  book 1
  • “A Modest Proposal” (Jonathan Swift) satire   book 2
  • The Greatest Generation (Tom Brokaw)  book 3
  • current event news articles
  • Click on the AP page above for more information and handouts.
  • We will use 5 Steps to a 5, chapters 6 and 9 “Introduction to Argument”  and “Comprehensive Review – Argument,” The Bedford Reader, and The Great Gatsby.

ENGLISH 10 and Pre AP English 10

The Romantic Period and Civil War Literature

  • Proofreading Skills / Daily Oral Language 50 points weekly
  • Language Terms
    • aesthetics
    • cause and effect
    • narrative/slave narrative
    • memoir
    • inference/infer
    • implication/imply
    • imagery
    • paradox
    • oxymoron
    • oratory
    • historical context
    • context
    • imagery
    • onomatopoeia
    • argument
    • denotation

    STUDENTS WILL

    •  Apply strategies to increase understanding/reading of complex texts
    • Practice “point of view” in its sense of “opinion” or “perspective”
    • Perform various aspects of the research process
    • Recognize rhetorical strategies that good writers use
    • Write more effectively and think critically

READINGS

  • “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • “And Ain’t I A Woman?” by Sojourner Truth
  •  excerpt from The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equaino
  • “Straw into Gold” by Sandra Cisneros
  • Civil Disobedience by Thoreau
  • Literary History: Transcendentalism
  • various poems by Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman
  • “Letter to His Son” by Robert E. Lee

WRITING A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS / Timed

Using 5 Steps to a 5, chapter 5 “Introduction to the Analysis Essay” and the essay “Neat People vs. Sloppy People” by Suzanne Britt

  • After carefully annotating the selection, write a five-paragraph rhetorical analysis within 40  minutes.

  • In your introductory paragraph, include the author’s purpose and rhetorical strategies used to achieve the purpose.

  • Each of the next three paragraphs should focus on one of the rhetorical strategies you decided to use.  Add examples (quotes) from the selection. Don’t forget to introduce each example and follow up with commentary.

  • The concluding paragraph should state whether or not the speaker/ writer was successful.  Strong papers will analyze success on two levels –  a literary level and a historical level.

  • The more thorough your syllogism, the higher your AP score!

This week in ENGLISH 10 and Pre AP English 10

  • School Counselor Ms. Allen, guest speaker, Monday September 8th
  • Proofreading Skills / Daily Oral Language 50 points
  • Language Terms
    • origin myth
    • theme
    • archetypes
    • author’s purpose (to inform, to persuade)
    • audience
    • chronological order
    • evidence
    • nonfiction
    • diction
    • tone
  • Reading Memoir /Writing a memoir
  • Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
  • Vocabulary / finding context clues / Lesson 3

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL   Summer Reading 2014

Please download your personal copy of the STUDY GUIDES and bring them the first day of class.  The Miracle Worker, however, should not be printed.  This link is strictly for online use.

Answers to study guides and discussion questions are due the first day of school.  Mrs. Hinton will assign Summer Reading Projects the first week of school.  Summer reading is worth 150 points per book!

Summer Reading August 19 -30, 2013

This week in AP ENGLISH Language

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave written by himself   Study Guide for Frederick Douglass
  • Read 2 chapters each day.  Print the study guide, answer the questions, and bring the book to class with you each day.  I gave books to students who did not possess a copy. We will compare this book to Copper Sun.
  • NEXT WEEK       Copper Sun by Sharon Draper Study Guide
  • At the bottom of this webpage, click on In-depth Study Guide.  There you will find additional activities that we will perform in class.  Copper Sun begins next week.

This week in ENGLISH 10

Summer Read – Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper Study guide with project activities

This week in ENGLISH 10 Pre AP

Summer Read  The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

CLOSE READING     September  30 – October 4, 2013

AP ENGLISH Language

  • Background to Close Reading and Critical Reading using  The Bedford Reader  
  • “Disability” by Nancy Mairs
  • Thinking critically about  “Disability”:  Analysis, Inference, Synthesis, Evaluation
  • Visual Image: A Deployed Soldier and His Daughter
  • “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady
  • Critical Writing

This week in ENGL ISH 10

  • Proofreading Skills 20 points
  • Reading Memoir /a Penny Dreadful:  A Narrative of the Captivity by Mary Rowlandson
  • Reading Memoir /a  Slave Narrative:  The Life of Olaudah Equiano written by Olaudah Equaino
  • Reading test Friday 100 points

This week in ENGLISH 10 Pre AP

  • Proofreading Skills 20 points
  • AP Language Terms
  • Reading Mempoir /a Penny Dreadful:  A Narrative of the Captivity by Mary Rowlandson
  • Reading Memoir /a  Slave Narrative:  The Life of Olaudah Equiano written by Olaudah Equaino
  • Close Reading test Friday 100 points

Preparing for Semester Exams     December  9-13, 2013

AP ENGLISH Language: WRITING A RHETORICAL ANALYSIS / Timed

Using 5 Steps to a 5, read the prompt found on pages 190-191.

  • After carefully annotating the selection, write a five-paragraph rhetorical analysis within 40  minutes.

  • In your introductory paragraph, include the author’s purpose and rhetorical strategies used to achieve the purpose.

  • Each of the next three paragraphs should focus on one of the rhetorical strategies you decided to use.  Add examples (quotes) from the selection. Don’t forget to introduce each example and follow up with commentary.

  • The concluding paragraph should state whether or not the speaker/ writer was successful.  Strong papers will analyze success on two levels –  a literary level and a historical level.

  • The more thorough your syllogism, the higher your grade!

  • Read your paper aloud as we compare your writing to the QOEGV rubric.

  • Sample QOEGV Rubric

This week in ENGLISH 10: LANGUAGE SKILLS

This week English 10 will review language concepts in preparation for the semester exam.  Topics will include:

  • capitalization and spelling,

  • paragraph structure,

  • misplaced modifiers,

  • singular and plural pronouns,

  • pronoun-antecedent agreement,

  • number and gender,

  • correct pronoun case,

  • prepositional and appositive phrases,

  • subject and verb agreement,

  • active voice and passive voice,

  • commonly confused words,

  • words that create vivid description,

  • commas, semicolons, colons,

  • quotation marks and underlining.

  •  Here is a Study Guide.

January 2014

  • AP ENGLISH Language and Composition: Mock Exam January 11, 2014

The Great Gatsby – Find the assignments under the AP English tap above.

DUE DATES: Assignment one  – Jan. 6;  Asignment two – Jan. 14; Assignment three – Jan. 16; Assignment four – Jan. 17; Assignment five – Jan 21; Assignment six – Jan 22; Assignment seven – Jan 23; Assignment eight – Jan 24; Assignment nine – Jan 27; Assignment ten – January 28.

  • Alabama Shakepeare Festival trip to see The Great Gatsby live, onstage – January 30th.

  • News journals are due Monday, Jan 20th.

  • Always compare your writing to the QOEGV rubric.  Also use PAPER RATER listed under Blogroll.

  • Sample QOEGV Rubric

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About this Blog

Posted by ehinton on August 27th, 2007

Mrs. Hinton’s Blog is a classroom web log managed by an employee of the Shelby County Board of Education. As such, it should be treated as any other classroom space. All postings and comments on this web blog will be moderated before publication. The postings on this space represent the personal views and opinions of the individuals who post and do not necessarily represent the positions, strategies or opinions of the Shelby County Board of Education.

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About Mrs. Hinton

Posted by ehinton on June 4th, 2007

img_mark-funeral-4English department chairperson is only one of my many duties. I teach 10th grade English (all levels), as well as,  AP Advanced Placement English Language and Composition to eleventh graders at Montevallo High School.  Technology plays a major role in my language arts classes as I prepare students to be competitive in a 21st-century environment.

In addition to English, I teach speech and drama as fine arts electives for all students in grades 9-12. Activities consist of oral interpretation, staging poetry performances, composing speeches, desktop publishing, creating podcasts, digital photography and movie making, entering speech and theatre contests, and fieldtrips. In short – speech and drama students make English come to life through reading, writing, speaking, and creative technology.

After school hours, Poetry Players for Shelby County Schools is my passion. This fun group consists of high school students from all the Shelby County high schools who combine theatre arts with poetry to perform for various conferences and speaking engagements.

I am married, and my daughter is a recent graduate of Montevallo High.

You may read my resume here.

“I believe education in music, theater, dance, or the visual arts is one of the most needed parts of any educational process, and each child should have access to a fine arts education program. That is part of a well-rounded education which can provide so much joy, now and in the future.”
-Rudi Giuliani

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