• Google Classroom Codes by Period

    Hello all,

    Please take a minute to join my online Google Classroom either this week, beginning March 23, or next week, beginning March 30-April 3, 2020.

    Click on the hyperlink.  The JOIN CODES are as follows:

    AP English, Period 1= 4oiufq4

    AP English, Period 3= rbo6umk

    American Literature, Period 2= 3y2s6rg

    American Literature, Period 4=hkq5hc6

    Thanks!  Mrs. McGrath


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  • Clark Material Pickup Schedule

      1. We have aligned the student pick-up for textbooks and other materials with the schedule for picking up Chromebooks:
        1. Wednesday, March 25: 
          1. Students w/ last names A-G (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
          2. Students w/ last names H-N (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
        2. Thursday, March 26
          1. Students w/ last names M-U (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
          2. Students w/ last names V-Z (2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
        3. Friday, March 27
          1. By appointment only (call the office, 818.248.8324
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  • I Miss You

    Hey everyone, I miss seeing your smiles and hearing your laughter...  I hope everyone is healthy and taking care of their families.

    This week students are able to pick up materials/Chromebooks from school based on the schedule sent to your homes.  If you were absent the last day before break you missed the distribution of the novel, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.  I tried to give copies to friends who would make sure you received the book, but if you missed it, I placed several copies in my mailbox for absent students to pick up.  I already anticipated the closures.  If you do not feel safe coming to school, there is probably an online version of the novel that you could work from.  The only other materials you will need is our new SpringBoard anthology--that can be found on an e-book (online).  I will let you know more at a later date when we read Thoreau and Emerson. 

    If you were absent from AP class before break you may write the essay and send it to me via email (take a picture) and if you missed your TED Talk in American Literature, you may record a video of your speech.  I will make sure everyone is taken care of.

    I look forward to seeing you soon online.  I am watching webinars this week and preparing lessons for remote learning.  I have created a Google Classroom for us.  I will let you know more about this next week for our enrichment/trial run week. 

    Take care and stay home (like the second piggy to the right of the big toe)!!!


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  • AP Updated Information


    See the link above to provide the most recent information on AP testing.  An AP You Tube channel has been created for upcoming webinars taught by professional AP teachers.  Please check out live webinars this week.  Next week they will be available on demand if you want to wait, as I will probably assign them for our ungraded enrichment week.  The specific times are listed on the link above (and written below for your convenience). Refer to AP Literature and Composition.


    Date,  Time,  Lesson Topic

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    12−12:45 p.m. ET  3.C Explain the function of structure in a text.

    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    12−12:45 p.m. ET3.D Explain the function of contrasts within a text.

    Friday, March 27, 2020

    12−12:45 p.m. ET5.B Explain the function of specific words and phrases in a text.


    I am cancelling the MCQ Progress Checks as of today.  I locked the site so you do not have to complete.  Since the test has been changed due to current circumstances, we do not need to practice MCQs as the exam will be a Free Response Essay taken at home.  We will get another update from College Board on April 3.  

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  • Los Angeles Times article on College Board AP Testing


    Although information is changing every day, here is the lastest directives on AP testing.  Look to the College Board website (AP Central) for the most up-to-date information.   

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  • Spring Break Homework

    I know Spring Break homework seems almost like an oxymoron....but, I want the AP classes to take two more Progress Checks on the College Board site.  I will open the assessments soon.  Make sure to take the test then review your answers and the rationale.  This information will help you see why you got the answer correct or incorrect.

    Please review the literary terms (pink sheet) and look up any words you do not know in Journal Entry #1.

    More than anything, over spring break do something fun and stay healthy.

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  • The Great Gatsby AP Essay Topics

    If you happen to see this post, you have an advantage for the March 13 writing assessment.  You will choose one of the topics from the list provided.

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  • Thomas Hardy's Prose Passage



    Here is my revised introductory paragraph from class discussion:

    Although one would assume an amiable reunion of father and daughter after a long estrangement, Thomas Hardy shows that social status during the Victorian era creates an irreparable chasm between the two. Hardy’s language, tone, and minute details show two characters whose professional and educational levels indicate an ever-increasing division, even though they are kin. The Mayor of Casterbridge highlights the fact that this complicated relationship is not restored by physical proximity. In fact, the complex relationship becomes even more distant as they reacquaint with one another.

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  • Teaching The Literary Analysis Essay



    Please read link above and complete a thesis and the final thoughts for Thomas Hardy's prose passage, previously handed out.  There are two samples of what I am looking for in the PDF document from online.

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  • Literary Terms


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