Vocab preparation:

First, are you working through the orange Oxford-Sadlier book (i.e., completing the exercises)? The Oxford-Sadlier is a highly regarded program, and I always encourage students to begin their preparation there--you can annotate the definitions, synonyms, example sentences; you should identify questions that give you pause. We can then address these questions in class as a whole group.

It's a good idea for you to begin this prep as soon as possible--over the weekend or even the Friday before. We know from research that students need @ least 5-7 exposures to a new word before they learn it, even more if they are to integrate the new word into their own vocabulary. We also know the importance of learning vocab as it is the best predictor of a student's reading comprehension.

Vocabulary.com, inkpaste.com, and quizlet.com (see below) are all useful supplements to help students prepare for the vocabulary quizzes.

>http://inkpaste.com/
*this free site uses "spacing effect" and the fibonacci sequence to help commit words to your long-term memory. One suggestion would be to enter a word you're having problems with (maybe you missed it on a quiz), and Ink Paste will send you periodic reminders.

>vocabulary.com
*another useful free site to augment your orange book prep. Your vocab words can be found here (Sadlier G). Fun, different way to learn new words (and ace quizzes!)


>some notes on paragraph development

*here are a couple apps from the Google Play Store that look useful as you prepare for various standardized tests:

--"ACT Test" is free and earns a 4.2 ranking

--"CC Quest" is free and earns a 4.4

--"AP English" (from quizworld) is also free and is ranked @ 4.3

*this one is online and looks OK:
http://www.testprepreview.com/act_practice.htm

*AP Central--great resource as you prepare for the AP Language & Composition exam:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2001.html#name03

>Ms. Burke's English site--argument

*sample tests and other info to help you prepare for the PSAT

*5 tips for the AP lit exam (useful for lang & comp, too)
http://www.aplithelp.com/five-observations-from-an-ap-reader/

*Top tips from Learnerator: http://www.learnerator.com/blog/ap-english-language-tips/?utm_source=sendy&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ultimatetips


*Ohio's New Learning Standards (ELA)


*give me a shout-out if you have others you like (or don't like). Thanks--


Writing Contests:

"Christopher Columbus Essay Contest" (sponsored by the Daughters of the Revolution. Deadline is Oct. 15, 2016)

"Stop the Hate" (sponsored by Maltz Museum of Jewish History--you do not need to be Jewish to participate. Deadline is Jan. 20, 2017)

Life Happens (open to students who have lost a parent or guardian. Submissions accepted between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2017).

Gannon University HS Poetry Contest
(postmarked by Feb 1, 2017)

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