Class of 2021 Day at Six Flags

Monday, August 13 at 11 a.m.

Classroom Technology for Sophomores

As pioneers of Westminster’s iPad program, we know that our 10th grade class is full of iPad experts. So why is the iPad no longer required for 10th grade students? That’s a great question, and one we apologize for not addressing sooner. It’s important that you know the iPad is encouraged in the 10th grade. It is just no longer the only utilized device.

At Westminster, we believe student learning is enhanced when we harness the best tools at our disposal. Because the internet is one of these tools and there are multiple devices that access it, we have chosen the iPad as the common means to do this in grades 7-9. As students move on to the upper grades, we will give families the freedom to choose devices that will allow their students to interact with the requirements of the classrooms they are in, while also not being tied to any one single piece of hardware.

Moving forward, our teachers will continue to work within some primary applications such as Showbie and Google Classroom. Our teachers will continue to learn how to better harness the power of the devices that students bring into the classroom. They will also operate from the standpoint of “digital first, paper second,” while understanding that neither are mutually exclusive. The right tool at the right time is the mindset we are after. So sophomores, please bring the right tool for you.

10th Grade Summer Reading 2018

Honors Literature of Western Civilization

You will be reading C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces this summer. You are only required to read Book I (Chapters 1 -21). We will read Book 2 (the last four chapters of the book) together at the beginning of the school year.

Reading due date: Tuesday, August 14
View the book summary and summer reading instructions.


Literature of Western Civilization

You will be reading Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief this summer. Please purchase the paperback version (ISBN-10: 0375842209).

Essential Questions:

  • How can redemption be seen in both the beauty and brutality of humanity?
  • How can the power of words affect people and their decisions?

While you read, annotate the text for:

  • The beauty and brutality of humans
  • Redemption/restoration
  • Figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, imagery, symbolism, etc.
  • Ethos, pathos, logos (ethical, emotional, logical persuasion)

These annotations will be very useful to you for the essay and for the creative projects you will be working on. Be sure to not only underline or highlight sections of the book, but you should also indicate what you notice in the text and why it is important. Helpful tip: You could make yourself a bookmark to remind yourself of what to annotate.

Upon returning to school, you should expect these things:

  • A test the first week of school- The test will include:
    • Characters and their roles within the novel
    • Details of the plot
    • Motivations of characters
    • Quote identification
    • An essay question
  • A creative project of your choice (due the 2nd week of school)
  • A shortened essay focusing on the redemptive aspects of the novel (due the 3rd week of school)