Smarter Balanced Practice

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All 11th graders will be taking the “Smarter Balanced” test this May. In order to access the practice tests, follow the directions below:

  1. Go to Smarter Balanced Practice Test.
  2. Click “Take the Practice and Training Tests.”
  3. Click “Student Interface Practice and Training Tests.”
  4. Click “Sign In.”
  5. Select Grade 11 and click “Yes.”
  6. Choose one of the “Practice Tests” or “Performance Tasks.”
  7. On the settings page, click “Select.”
  8. Click “Yes, Start My Test.”
  9. Click “Begin Test Now.”
  10. Explore the Math/English sample tests.

Los Angeles River Essay

lariverWriting Prompt: Like the city that shares its name, the Los Angeles River has a very tortured and complicated history. One writer, Jenny Price, calls it an “outsize concrete sewer…most famous for being forgotten.” Write a persuasive essay about how the city of Los Angeles should handle the future of its river. Use rhetorical devices, appeal to your audience, and back up your argument with specific evidence. Include cited evidence from the Los Angeles Times articles and other online resources. Online resources:

Prepare for the CAHSEE

Student Writing 2002 (cybrarian77, Flickr.com)

Student Writing 2002 (cybrarian77, Flickr.com)

10th graders: it’s CAHSEE Time! ALC will be testing on the following dates:

  • CAHSEE English Test: Tuesday, March 17
  • CAHSEE Math Test: Wednesday, March 18

See below for some helpful resources to help you prepare:

Dystopian Worlds Essay

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“Escaping the Dome.” Image courtesy of yumikrum (Flickr)

10th Grade Writing Prompt: Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, “Harrison Bergeron,” encourages readers to question the society around them. He presents a seemingly perfectly “equal” world at the expense of the individual. In well-written essay analyze a theme Vonnegut explores and how this theme connects to our own society. In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a recurring theme (lesson, moral) that connects these two stories. Include textual evidence to back up your ideas.

Period 3 Essay Prompt: The short stories, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula Le Guin, both present seemingly perfect worlds that hide injustice under the surface. Societies sacrifice the joy of the individual for the benefit of all. What can we as readers learn from these stories about our own world? In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a recurring theme (lesson, moral) that connects these two stories. Include textual evidence to back up your ideas.