Am Lit – Links

September 30th, 2016

These links provide PDF files you can print or websites you can visit.

The Great Gatsby – writing prompts

The Great Gatsby – website project:

The Great Gatsby – packet

The Great Gatsby – online text

“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway

“Negocios” by Junot Diaz – extra credit if you do the activities in the packet for this story!

The Color Purple – writing prompts

The Color Purple – packet

The Color Purple – online text

Audiobook – check your Google drive for files you can listen along with

SASS – website

Sara Ilanit – SASS advocate who visited our class:

Self-Care activities

Smarter Balanced Practice Site 

Juniors will do the ELA (English Language Arts) Smarter Balanced State Assessment next week. There are two parts to the assessment: the CAT (Computer Adaptive Test) and the Performance Task.

ELA Practice test (CAT) – a typical standardized test in which you will read or listen to multiple passages and answer questions as you go:

  • multiple choice questions
  • short answer/open-ended questions
  • click on sentences or words from the passages

ELA Performance Task – on this part of the test, you will be given several related articles to read. You will be given 1-3 questions to answer. Be sure to provide what is being asked of you, like citing sources, and respond with solid paragraphs. Next, you will be given a prompt for which you need to write a multi-paragraph response, an essay. 

Independent short story – response sheet

Independent short story – rankings from former students

Death of a Salesman – writing prompts

Death of a Salesman – group project guidelines

Death of a Salesman – online text

Death of a Salesman – packet

The Dharma Bums – excerpt


Harlem Renaissance – website

Harlem Renaissance – packet

“Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston

“Red-Headed Baby” by Langston Hughes


The links below are for the formal writing tasks. We will work on it all in class.

Three Formal Writing Tasks – overview

Differences and similarities between essays and narratives

Citing sources in essays

Expository essay – outline

Argumentative essay – outline

Narrative writing – outline

Expository essay – editing sheet

Argumentative essay – editing sheet

Narrative writing – editing sheet

Expository essay – grading rubric

Argumentative essay – grading rubric

Narrative writing – grading rubric

Using Transitions Effectively – PDF to help with Organization from the University of Washington 

Integrating Quotations – PDF to help with Ideas & Content from the University of Wisconsin

Conventions – a handout addressing common problems that I have observed in student writing

The Writer’s Handbook – great online writing resource from the University of Wisconsin