South Pasadena High School


Official Duties: In addition to teaching English 9, Multicultural English 9, and AP English Literature and Composition, I am also the Scholarship Chair.
Contacting me: The best way to reach me is by email: I typically check my email multiple times over the course of the school day.
NOTE: When you email, please write your student's name in the subject line of the email. Our email program converts many emails from outside our server into attachments, and I receive an abundance of spam mail--as a result I may inadvertently delete an email if I do not recognize the address or subject.
You may also call and leave a message for me at 626-441-5820. Because classes are in room 314 all day long, I cannot take any phone calls during the school day.
WishNight and Wishlists:
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BUYING US THE FOLGER HAMLET!!! Also, thanks to the parents of Rose and Alice for bringing in envelopes for the freshmen. We could still use stamps.

The freshman write letters, and it's best if we can address and send them. We would need two stamps and two envelopes for each freshman, so if you can donate some stamps and (business size envelopes for the class--DONE, thanks!), that would be great. I always love having more books in the classroom library for independent reading. My Amazon wishlist is here:
Recommended reading for students planning to take Honors English in grade 10:

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

The Best We Could Do (An illustrated memoir) by Thi Bui

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

March 1, 2, and 3 by John Lewis  
Scholastic Book Orders
Remember those fun book orders from elementary school? Scholastic has book clubs for teen readers, too. While some of the books are more appropriate for middle schoolers (perhaps perfect for a younger sibling), many of them are popular teen reads from authors like Walter Dean Myers, Sarah Dessen and Stephenie Meyer, and sometimes they even include classics like Pride and Prejudice. They also include ridiculous cheap toys (glow-in-the-dark chess, anyone?) It could be a cheap and easy way to buy a new independent reading book. If we earn points, I can buy more books or supplies for the class. You may bring in an order form and a check, or you may order online. Our activation code is GTKNV.
Recommendations and references:
In addition to college recommendations, I have many students who are applying to summer programs, internships, and private high schools that require a recommendation. If you would like me to write one for you, please contact me at least two school weeks before you will need the letter or form.


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To Kill a Mockingbird Reading Schedule


I may give you an unscheduled reading quiz at any time; make sure you keep up. If you read ahead, make sure you review the assigned chapters before class.

Read through . . .                    by . . .

Chapter 5                                 Oct. 15

Chapter 7                                 Oct. 17

Chapter 9                                 Oct. 19

Part 1                                       Oct. 23

Part 1                                       Oct. 29

Chapter 15                               Oct. 31

Chapter 18                               Nov. 2

Chapter 23                               Nov. 7

Chapter 27                               Nov. 9

Complete Book                         Nov. 14