Preparing for the SAT – Spring 2015


Upcoming SAT Dates for the 2015 Spring Semester (Click here to register):

  • May 2
  • June 6

For much more information: College Board SAT Home

Free resources available on the College Board website:

Vocabulary resources:

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Khan Academy for Math:

Also check out the Sparknotes SAT Test Prep.

Happy Test Prep!

Angela’s Ashes Essay

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Pick one of the following quotations and write a well-developed essay connecting it to Frank McCourt’s memoir, Angela’s Ashes.

1. “You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” ― Bill Cosby

2. “Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.” – Oscar Wilde

Explain how the quotation relates to the family’s plight in Angela’s Ashes. Use textual evidence to support your ideas.  Explore McCourt’s use of tone, language, and rhetorical techniques.

On the Web

Read the following interviews with author Frank McCourt:

SparkNotes also has resources on Angela’s Ashes.

Critics have referred to Angela’s Ashes as either an “inspirational memoir,” or “misery literature.  Others claim McCourt wasn’t entirely truthful. Check out this article from the Daily Mail.  What are your thoughts/reactions?  What themes does this book have in common with Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle?

Hamlet Resources


Students, below are some resources for Hamlet:

Due Friday, 9/27:

  • Read Act 2 (Prepare for Socratic Seminar on Thursday, 9/26)
  • Hamlet Soliloquy Essay: Typed, 1 page max, MLA Format. Choose one soliloquy and analyze the text (Formalist lens), using quotes (not block quotes). Create a strong thesis and support with textual evidence: Hamlet: Act I, scene ii (pg. 14-15) or Polonius: Act I, scene iii (pg. 20-21).

Feel free to discuss questions or the text below.