First Full Week in the Books


What a great week! We had time for independent reading, we worked on essays, and we discussed literature!  We also started Advisory time, and we had another winning week for sports (go volleyball and football!).

This week is the last week in the retest window!  All the students who have retested have earned a higher letter grade!  Please come to tutorials to retest – and be sure to review for it!  Remember – no Ds or Fs!

Please remember to write me a letter – what do I need to know about you?  What do you want me to know?  Tell me your story!  Handwrite it, and turn it in during class sometime this week.

This week, in World Lit, we will be working on our essay over Things Fall Apart.  It should be finished over the weekend – you will turn it in on at the end of the week or the weekend.

If you have not returned your signed syllabus or the back sheet from the letter about independent reading, please do so!

As always, let me know if you have a question or need help!




AP Lit Terms


This post if for those taking AP lit – if you are not sure, please send me an email to confirm your placement.

The first AP Lit Terms quiz will be the first Friday of school (19 Aug 2016).  It will consist of the first eleven terms (abstract, academic, accent, aesthetic, allegory, alliteration, allusion, anachronism, anecdote, analogy, anthropomorphism).  The next quiz will be the next Friday; that quiz will contain the first 11 plus the next 10.  This will continue until we’ve quizzed on them all.  Each quarter, we will have a test over the terms from that quarter.


Magistra Moore

Time to Get School Supplies!


“Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday August 5, 2016, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday August 7, 2016, Alabama will hold its eleventh annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax.  Local sales and use tax may apply” (Taken from

12th Grade English Supply List (Standard AND AP Literature):

  • 2 or 2-1/2 inch 3-ring binder
  • 1 package of 5 notebook dividers
  • notebook paper (plenty!)
  • notecards – 3X5 OR 4X6 – get about 500
  • pencils (mechanical ones are great because you never have to sharpen them!)
  • pens – blue or black ink AND some of another color (red, green, purple, pink, orange – whatever you’d like)
  • highlighter(s)
  • sticky notes
  • flashdrive (if you don’t already have one)
  • All the books listed in the Book List
  • **AP Lit Students – if you have your notebook from last year (and I hope you kept it), you can reuse it; you are welcome to get a new notebook if you’d like.

Don’t forget Summer Reading and Summer Math!  I am looking forward to our discussions on Things Fall Apart.

As always, email me with any questions (




Summer Reading Reminder


We have 36 days until the start of school.  Only 36 days!  I hope you are able to get some fun in, but don’t forget your Summer Reading and Summer Math!

For AP Literature students: the explanation on the school’s website has a sentence that leads you to believe that you have to read two novels.  That is NOT the case.  Sorry about that – you only have to read the one novel, but be sure to check out the AP Lit Terms Quizlet! (And if you are not sure that you are in AP, please contact Mr. Talbot at

As always, please email me with questions – and make sure you are sending professional emails like we practiced Junior year!


Magistra Moore

Grammar Terms Review


Here are some grammar terms for you to review for the test tomorrow:

predicate nominative – noun after a linking verb that renames the subject

What starts an adverb clause? Subordinate conjunction

participle – verb form acting like an adjective

gerund – verb form ending in –ing that acts like a noun

infinitive – to + a verb

nci – noun clause indicator

independent clause – group of words that has a subject and a verb and makes a complete thought

dependent clause – group of words that has a subject and a verb but does NOT make a complete thought

simple sentence – one independent clause

compound sentence – at least two independent clauses

complex sentence – one independent clause and at least one dependent clause

compound-complex sentence – at lease two independent clauses and at least one dependent clause

predicate adjective – adjective after a linking verb that describes the subject

Good luck!


Magistra Moore