The Andrew English Department is dedicated to providing a diverse and challenging learning experience in the language arts. All English classes follow a sequential and developmental pattern of skills. Eight credits in English are required for graduation.
2022-2023 English Student Purchase Novels
An important goal in our English curriculum is to teach all of our students how to actively read a variety of texts. In particular, underlining and note-taking directly in texts is one of the most effective ways to make meaning of challenging works. In order to accomplish this goal, we ask English students to purchase some of the novels they will use in their English classes. Listed below are the required novel purchases for Andrew English classes during the 22-23 school year. These books can be purchased through the District 230 online store (https://d230.revtrak.net/) and will be distributed in English classrooms in the fall. All students are required to use the same edition of required novels, so if you plan to purchase the book(s)elsewhere, please use the information below to purchase the correct edition(s). Students should be using books without previous markings or writing. Courses that are not listed have no required books to purchase.
2022-2023 VJA English Student Purchase Novels
2022-2023 Summer Assignments for Honors/AP English students
In the English Honors/Advanced Placement program at VJA, we firmly believe that summer assignments allow students to engage with texts in a meaningful way at their own pace. Students have homework that requires both reading and writing, with the expectation that all written work be submitted their first day of the new school year. Having our classes come prepared in this way enables us to immediately forge our classroom communities through discussions of a common novel. Instead of experiencing a “summer slump,” our students will practice their essential English language skills, paving the way for success for the whole year. Please help us by supporting your students in their completion of this assignment. To view your student’s summer assignment, please click the link of the English Honors/Advanced Placement course in which they are enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have questions about an assignment, please email any of teachers whose names are included in the assignment instructions.
Freshman Honors English 22-23 Summer Assignment
Sophomore Honors English 22-23 Summer Assignment
Jr AP English 22-23 Summer Assignment
SOAPS/DIDLS Reference Sheet for Jr AP Summer Assignment
Sr AP Lit 22-23 Summer Assignment
Senior Elective Course Videos
Juniors: learn more about our Senior English elective choices by reviewing the videos below:
Criminal Minds and the Everyday Hero (Senior English & Psychology team)
Language, Power, and Social Justice
Modes of Rhetoric and Discourse