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English I Pre-AP


What a tumultuous end to the year. As you should have heard, we are finishing our school year through distance learning. This is brand new for everyone. I am sure we will all struggle at some point. Therefore, I am glad to extend any grace you may need and will be thankful for any grace you can share.


For English, we are completing a five week project. To complete assignments, you can use googledocs and share it with me. If you do not have internet or computer access, you may write out your assignments on paper and turn them back in to the school. Please let me know which option you prefer so I can plan accordingly. If you want to visit with me, we can arrange to meet virtually or via phone call. I have set up a phone number specifically for school purposes (405)352-0554. Contact me through email or Remind to set up an appointment. I will reply to your messages as punctually as I can. However, I will not respond before 8:00 am or after 8:00 pm on weekdays. I could be available Saturdays if we plan ahead, but I will not be available on Sundays.

I would like to host Google Meet sections for anyone who wants to come. They will not be mandatory, but will give you a chance to ask me questions and hear others ask questions. I will get more information to you about that at a later date.


Overview of our assignment for English I Pre-AP: We will read the novel The Giver. There are hardcopies of the book at the school that you may borrow. You can also check out the book electronically. I have been able to access it through the public library on my phone. We will spend three weeks reading the novel. Over the last two weeks, you will write an essay over the novel. I will go over more instructions later, but your paper will involve your assignment for Coach Duncan’s class. 


Week One: 6 April- 11 April

Read chapters 1-8 of The Giver. Write a five paragraph summary of what you read. You may share it with me via GoogleDocs, or write it out on paper and turn it in to the school.


Week Two: 13 April-18 April

Read chapters 9-16 of The Giver. Write out a ten question quiz you would give over that section of the book. Be sure to include the correct answers.


Week Three: 20 April- 25 April

Read chapters 17-23 of The Giver. Choose a quote from each chapter. Write the quote down, including where you found it.


Week Four: 27 April- 1 May

The Giver Quiz

I am sharing a google quiz over The Giver with you through Remind. If you cannot find it, contact me and let me know. If you are unable to access the internet, there are/will be hard copies available in the high school office. This is a short, ten question quiz. You may retake the quiz as often as you like to get a better score. This is good practice for both you and me as we contemplate using Google Classroom and Google Forms in the future.


Week Five: 4 May- 8 May

Write a six paragraph essay comparing and contrasting the country you made up for Coach Duncan’s class with the society from The Giver. Your essay will include an introduction, two body paragraphs with specific examples of similarities, two body paragraphs highlighting specific differences, and a conclusion. The rubric is below.


Six Paragraph Comparison and Contrast Essay

___________/20 First Paragraph—Introduction

            ___________/4 Introduce Subject

            ___________/4 Define Relevant Terms

            ___________/8 Thesis

            ___________/4 Preview Claims

___________/20 Second Paragraph—First Similarity


            ___________/4 Evidence

            ___________/12 Commentary

___________/20 Third Paragraph—Second Similarity

            ___________/4 Claim

            ___________/4 Evidence

            ___________/12 Commentary

___________/20 Fourth Paragraph—First Difference

            ___________/4 Claim

            ___________/4 Evidence

            ___________/12 Commentary

___________/20 Fifth Paragraph—Second Difference

            ___________/4 Claim

            ___________/4 Evidence

            ___________/12 Commentary

___________/20 Sixth Paragraph—Conclusion

            ___________/8 Restate Thesis

            ___________/6 Review Claims

            ___________/6 Address unanswered questions

___________/20 Standard American English



___________/100 Total