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2017 AP Biology

Updated: Please Read and Outline Chapters 1-4 in your textbook by the first day of school.  You will be tested on this material during the first cycle.  
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Hi Girls!  Use your camera/phone to take pictures of these things for references in painting:
* A pet ( unusual pets are great too) Get a close up if you can
* A favorite building or bridge or even just your house is good for one of our assignments
* A person ( can be yourself) doing some sort of action or sport or performance.
* a beautiful or interesting plant or flower
* A pattern or texture(s) that you really like.

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2017-18 Summer Assignment for Advanced Studio 2

Look at David Hockney Photo Collages at:  online to get some ideas about technique. Find an architectural space ( a corner is always a good compositional device) that fascinates you and photograph it at many different angles and focal points, different times of day, in color or in black'n white plus whatever is around it ( for background). Usually no less than 30 photos and no more than 100. When we get back in September we will create the collage on large illustration board. Have fun and enjoy your summer! Email me anytime if you have any questions or you want to show me some ideas.
Additional assignment with camera: Take some photos of great shadows that you see this summer as we will create a painting of your best shot.
Miss Dillinger 

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Please read and annotate The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Please click here for a guide to annotating texts.  As you are reading, you will write 6 letters (each one should be half a page, double-spaced) written by the novel’s characters.  You may only write two letters from the same character.  Have fun!

Each letter MUST

  • Reference specific moments in the novel.
  • Clearly state when in the novel this letter is written.
  • Try to imitate that character’s speech (no chatspeak or contemporary slang.  You may use slang found in the novel, though).
  • Cite at least one page from the novel.
  • Be half a page in length.
  • Be in Times New Roman, size 12 font.
  • Be double-spaced.
  • Be typed on the computer.
  • Be ready for submission on the first day of school.

Please see the attached file for an example!

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Please download the attached file for an explanation of your summer assignment and the templates necessary to complete them.  You will be reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald while preparing for a Socratic Seminar and completing a Reader's Journal.  PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ATTACHED or you will be very confused. 
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Welcome to APUSH! Over the summer you are expected to read Chapters 1-3 in your text United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, Amsco Publication. Attached are Guided Readings that you are to complete as you read.  I think that you will find them helpful.  I recommend that you don't start your reading/reading guides until August, so that the information is fresh in your mind when we get to work in September.

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English IV CP: The Spoken & Written Word

Please read and annotate the attached packets of poems and short stories as your summer assignment. I've attached two handouts on poetic terms and things to consider when reading a poem to help you.  Avoid using Sparknotes, Shmoop, Genius, etc.  If you don't understand something, make a note of it instead.  I'd rather you draw your own conclusions and wild guesses than be influenced by someone else's (who may or may not be right).  Ask questions, scribble "WTF???" in the margins, doodle a confused lobster in a fedora and monocle who is somewhat flustered at his hotel reservation being lost, whatever it takes.

I chose these poems and stories to make you think (and spent far longer than I should have putting it together... seriously, the combined total has to be close to 10 hours).  I care about your questions, not general consensuses and definite answers.  If you don't get what the story/poem means, tell me how/what it makes you feel.   
Please export these packets to OneNote and annotate there.  In a perfect world, I would prefer to see these printed out; however, it is a considerable amount of paper and I understand it's probably not feasible.  If you can't access your OneNote and printing isn't an option, please email me ( and I'll help you find a solution.  Please do not show up on the first day telling me "well, I couldn't print it and my email and wifi were mysteriously broken all summer (even though my Insta game is top-notch and my Snapchat streak managed to thrive), but don't worry, I totally read it."  Yeah.  Sure, you did.  
Alternately, please do not arrive with nothing but question marks and "WTF" all over the page.  A few "WTF"s are fine, but let's be real: even if you don't get it, you can still think some part of it is cool, spooky, unexpected, or interesting.  Yes, I am going to check it and I will have a rubric posted shortly.  Enjoy!
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2016-17 Studio 1 Summer assignment

First: look around your house (or wherever you are!) outside, in the garage, etc for one object or two that best represents what you think of as an interesting, unusual form or combination of forms : with breadth and depth and texture, etc. It should be something you will enjoy drawing. Create 10  squares  ( they must be squares and no smaller than 2"x2", no larger than 6"x6") on a big piece of paper or on ten different sheets.  Draw it, to the best of your ability, 10 times from different viewpoints, cropping it for new effects  and using a variety of materials( ie: pencil, pen, marker, etc) in the square format. In some squares you may use shading and in others just lines or colored in shapes, etc. Try to be creative with how you make the image. This will help you compose your  picture and be more aware of design as you create the drawing each time. Enjoy your summer and I will look forward to seeing you and your drawings in September!  Miss Dillinger
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