Dr. and Mr. Ferg's English Classes

Ouachita Parish High School

Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window
William Faulkner
Writing Helps
11 Rules of Writing These guidelines are foundation concepts for good writing and will be used in all of my classes! Read and learn these rules to become an excellent writer. It’s easier than you think.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) All sorts of helps for writing, grammar, and usage.
Bibme Make creating your works cited page easy!
citationmachine Make creating your works cited page easy!
Turnitin Our class site for plagiarism check
Paperrater Free site (mostly!) for plagiarism check before you turn your paper in to turnitin.com. Besides telling you if you have anything to worry about in regard to plagiarism, it also highlights some style issues, which a typical grammar check doesn't catch.
Introducing quotes These rules guide you for how to introduce quotations in your writing.
Wordhippo This is an excellent site that for finding just the right word. It is a step above a straight thesaurus.
Literary Analysis Writing
MLA formatting using Google Docs Lots of people are using Google Docs these days. It is not as powerful as Microsoft Word, but it is free. This link will help you make certain that you set your Google Docs document up properly according to the requirements of MLA submissions. There is no flexibility when it comes to MLA formatting.

Grammar Videos
Learn the grammar you need to punctuate properly
Instruction:

Identifying Subject and Predicate This Khan Academy video clearly explains how do identify the subject and predicate (verb phrase), an essential skill to be able to analyze a sentence and correctly punctuate
Understanding Simple and Compound Sentences This Khan Academy video clearly explains simple and compound sentences
Understanding Complex Sentences This Khan Academy video clearly explains complex sentences
Understanding Compound-Complex Sentences This Khan Academy video clearly explains compound-complex sentences
Understanding Phrases and Clauses This Khan Academy video clearly explains phrases and clauses
Understanding Dependent and Independent Clauses This Khan Academy video clearly explains independent and dependent phrases
Comma Usage This youtube video will help you with the basics of comma usage. Some things just have to be learned and then focused upon. Lots of people need this right now!

Practice:
Punctuating the Compound Sentence (Mr. Ferguson)
Punctuating the Complex Sentence (Mr. Ferguson)
Punctuating Asides and Ending Clauses (Dr. Ferguson)
Punctuating Introductory Phrases (Dr. Ferguson)

AP Resources
Popular AP novels This is a list of popular novels that are on the AP reading list. It always helps to read something that has particular interest for you.
Recommended reading for AP literature and composition This resource shows what works that have been referred to on the AP exam since 1971
Open-ended questions (prose) This resource shows the open-ended questions for prose that has appeared on the AP test each year since 1970-2015
Open-ended questions (poetry) This resource shows the open-ended questions for poetry that has appeared on the AP test each year since 1970-2015

ATSS Women Articles

Web Links
Acid Attacks: What Afghan girls risk by going to school
Afghan girls human rights watch
Does Islam Really Subjugate Women?
The day I saw 248 girls suffering genital mutilation
Is Female Genital Mutilation an Islamic Problem?
The Rise of Islamic Feminists

ATSS Politics Articles

Web Links

The Danish cartoonist who survived an axe attack
The Meaningless Politics of Liberal Democracies
Death Threats for Ms. Iran
'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude
Is Islam Compatible With Democracy?
Here’s why the Iran protests are significant
Political Cartoon #1
Political Cartoon #2
Political Cartoon #3
Political Cartoon #4

ATSS Reading Schedule
2019 ATSS Reading Schedule

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby Text

Research Paper
2019 Research Paper Assignment
Writing A Research Paper

Blogging The Novel

Blog Assignment Sheet
Sample Novel Blogs
The Great Gatsby
Pride and Prejudice
One Hundred Years of Solitude

First Period Student Blogs
As I Lay Dying Ayanna Roberts
A Clockwork Orange Seth Flowers
Lord of the Rings Jenna Myles
The Road Kiley Drummond
Slaughterhouse Five Lauren Shulte
Wise Blood Amara Kirkley-Erminger

Second Period Student Blogs
Catch-22 Mason Turner
Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower Emma Hendricks
A Clockwork Orange Zachary Trumpower
The Handmaid’s Tale Kaitlyn Shell
The Invisible Man Laila Stewart
Jane Eyre Megan Madison
The Lord of the Rings Erin Davey
Native Son Mikayla Worthy
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Erin Whitten
The Road Cameron Robertson
Slaughterhouse Five Zaria Pittman
Wise Blood Colby Usery
Brave New World Jaylen Wade

Fourth Period Student Blogs
All the Kings Men Ashley Newton
The Lord of the Rings Kelsie Toney
The Handmaid’s Tale Jordyn Manning
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Taijah Nelson
The Road Candace Davis
Brave New World Elijah Hall
Slaughterhouse Five Jasline Bobo
Wuthering Heights Maddie Lamb
A Clockwork Orange Gavin Wilson

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