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34 great sports photos

Notice how most of these focus on one or two people:

Cool pages from LitHub

A couple of interesting pages recently posted on LitHub: a version of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis retold as a Charlie Brown cartoon and an excerpt from Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, which has been short-listed for this year’s Booker Prize. AP Lit students, you were given James’ The Book of Night Women as a choice for summer reading (and therefore independent reading during the year), and this announcement confirms my suspicion that James is a writer of literary merit sufficient for acceptance on the AP English Lit exam.

2015-16 Pompano Beach High School policies and procedures

PBHS Policy 2015

2015 exam results

Congratulations, Class of 2015! Fifty out of 83 (60%) scored a 3 or better on the exam.

Let’s see if the Class of 2016 can top that!

The highest percentage of Twitter’s “verfied users” are journalists

Read the study here.

AP English Literature Summer 2015 assignment

As a prospective AP English Lit & Comp student, you are expected to complete the following work over the summer. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at I won’t be checking my email daily, but I will get back to you if you write “AP English Lit summer assignment” in the subject line and sign your name at the end of your message.

1. Complete the PBHS Summer Reading assignment and project. Do not see yourself as exempt from being a student at Pompano Beach High School just because you plan to take AP English. These will be collected during the first week of school.

2. Read one of the books listed below. During the first week, you will write an essay in response to the question below, based on Question 3 of the 2015 AP English Literature and Composition examination. You must select a novel or play from the list in this post to receive credit for this assignment.

In literary works, cruelty often functions as a crucial motivation or a major social or political factor. Select a novel, play, or epic poem in which acts of cruelty are important to the theme. Then write a well-developed essay analyzing how cruelty functions in the work as a whole and what the cruelty reveals about the perpetrator and/or victim.

You must choose a work from the list below. Do not merely summarize the plot.

As God Commands by Niccolo Ammaniti
by Ian McEwan
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevski
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
Henry IV, Part I or Part II by William Shakespeare
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
“Master Harold”…and the Boys by Athol Fugard
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Native Son
by Richard Wright
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Othello by William Shakespeare
Partitions by Amit Majmudar
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
The Playboy of the Western World by John M. Synge
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Wildlife by Richard Ford
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Wonderful, Wonderful Times by Elfriede Jelinek
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


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