Amy Ebel (Literature) - Roanoke County Public Schools

AP English Programs
Grade 11: Advanced Placement
English Language and Composition
Grade 12: Advanced Placement
English Literature and Composition
The Roanoke County syllabus for
each course has been approved
by the College Board.
Teachers have completed
appropriate College Board
Carol Brown (Language)
Amy Ebel (Literature)
Carrie Honaker (Literature)
Sally Miller (Language)
About VASS
Virginia Advanced Study Strategies
Funded in part by NMSI,
A National Math and Science
Initiative of Virginia
Virginia Advanced Study Strategies
Roanoke County has been accepted into this
grant program for three years. Next year will
be our final year in the program.
The grant provides supplies, teacher training,
student prep sessions and financial incentives
to improve the number of AP exam qualifying
scores of students in the member schools.
VASS-sponsored teacher training
• One week in July with College Board readers
and experienced/retired AP teachers
• A fall weekend retreat in October with
additional training and information
NEW! A February essay scoring session to help
teachers more accurately score their own
students’ essays.
• Vertical team meetings at the school level
throughout the year.
SESSIONS are taught by experienced
and/or retired AP teachers.
• FALL SESSION gives students an overview of the
parts of the exam at a local high school TBA.
• January SESSION is a MOCK EXAM at HVHS.
• SPRING SESSION is a deconstruction of the mock
exam at a local high school TBA.
Financial incentives
• VASS pays for half of the cost of taking the AP
• Students who earn qualifying scores (3, 4 or 5)
receive a $100 bonus.
• Last year’s students received their checks this
past November.
AP English teachers provide
additional support to students
on Tuesdays before or after
school (or by appointment).
Analyze, analyze, analyze!
• In AP English Language and Composition students
learn how to read non-fiction text more closely in
order to analyze how the writer achieves his/her
purpose and reaches his/her audience.
• In AP Literature and Composition students learn
to read fiction and poetry more closely to analyze
how authors use traditional literary devices to
make meaning and evince universal theme.
• College-level Textbooks in
each course
• Class sets of practice
• Vocabulary study
Course Materials
• The New York Times online
Username and Password: 200282788
• AP Central College Board website
• NYTimes Upfront Magazine
• VA Dept. of Education SOL released tests (for
Grade 11)
NMSI Teacher Resources
Contact information
• Sally Miller, AP English Lead teacher,
[email protected]
• Carol Brown, AP English Language & Comp
[email protected]
• Amy Ebel, AP English Literature & Comp
[email protected]
• Carrie Honaker, AP English Literature & Comp
[email protected]
National English Honor Society
Since then, high
America's first honor
school honor
! society was founded in
1776, but high school
students didn't have
access to such
organizations for
another 150 years.
societies have been
developed in
leadership, drama,
journalism, French,
mathematics, the
sciences, and in
various other fields,
but not in English.
National English Honor Society
The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded
and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only
national organization exclusively for high school
students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit
special note for past and current accomplishments.
National English Honor Society
The NEHS motto, "gelast sceal mid are*," is Old English for:
"duty goes with honor." The motto represents one of the
earliest forms of our language--it affirms and celebrates an
obligation to use one's gifts in service to others. Service to
peers, school, and community are part and parcel of the
NEHS mission--and, indeed, in the grammatical structure of
the Old English phrase, "duty" actually precedes "honor."
*Pronunciation: yuh-lahst' shal mid ahr-uh
National English Honor Society
We have many exciting
opportunities already in the
works for this Spring!!
Scholarship Opportunities
Category 1: Four-year College or University Scholarships
One National English Honor Society Scholarship (NEHS) for $4,000
This scholarship is given in honor of Dr. William C. Johnson, Executive Director of Sigma Tau Delta in recognition
of his dedication to the founding of NEHS.
Two National English Honor Society (NEHS) Council Scholarship for $2,500 each
These scholarships are awarded by the NEHS Advisory Council to the students presenting the best essays that are
judged to be in second place.
Four Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500
These scholarships are funded by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society for four-year colleges
and universities, which is the sponsoring organization for NEHS.
Honorable Mention Stipends up to $1,000
These awards will be given to those students participating in the scholarship process whose essays merit
recognition even though the writing does not rise to the finalist category. The award amounts will vary based on
the recommendations of the NEHS Advisory Council.
Category 2: Two-year Community College Scholarship
This category provides one $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to attend a community college and
is provided by Sigma Kappa Delta, the two-year college English honor society.

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