How to take the AR STAR Test

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arDirections for the Accelerated Reader STAR Test:

  1. Go to the ALC AR Website.
  2. Click “I’m a Student.”
  3. Type in your user name and password (if you forget your user name, click “Forgot your user name?“). Passwords are “abc.”
  4. Click “STAR Reading.”
  5. Monitor Password: Admin
  6. Click “Start.”
  7. This test is timed – try your best! This is your way to show your English teacher how well you’re reading.

Student Success Essay

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“Old School Classroom” – Mississippi Mike, Flickr

Essential Questions:

  • What is the key to student success?
  • How can we design a school culture for student motivation?
  • According to researchers, what is the best way for students to learn?
  • What are the benefits of students learning on their own?
  • What should be the role of the teacher in the classroom?

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Always Running and “Code of the Streets” Essay

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Essay Writing Prompt:

Draw connections between Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets” and Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running. How is “The Code” a guide to the Rodriguez’s choices in East Los Angeles? What are the causes/effects and possible solutions for gang-affiliated youth in Los Angeles?

Cite both texts, using specific details in MLA Format. Include textual analysis.

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Parenting Essay

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Essay Writing Prompt: How much freedom and supervision should parents give their children? Are parents today too overprotective? Or is “free range” parenting a kind of neglect? Explain why. Write an argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the articles: “Are Modern Kids Coddled?” (Newsweek) and “Kids Solo Playtime” (NPR). Also refer to our class text, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

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Echo Park Gang Injunctions

gang injunctionPersuasive Essay Writing Prompt: Should the LAPD institute a gang injunction for gangs in the Echo Park area?  Why/Why not?  Do you think this would be effective tool in stopping gang activity in the city? Does this violate peoples’ civil rights? Write a argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the following articles/videos.  You may also refer to our class texts, Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running and Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets.”

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