About Coach Rishell

Phone: (205) 685-6700

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Secondary Ed. Language Arts UAB M.S. SEcondary Ed. Language Arts UAB edTPA Certified ACT Basic Skills Certified

Sara Rishell

Hello!  My name is Sara Rishell and this is my 3rd year at Thompson High School.  I am also the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach.  I am originally from Smithsburg, Maryland which is a small town outside of the Baltimore and DC area.

I received my Bachelors in English Language Arts with a concentration in Literature from UAB in 2015, and my Masters Degree in Secondary Education, English Language Arts in 2017.  During this time, I was also on the Volleyball team and Beach Volleyball team at UAB.  I have also been a member of the USA Collegiate National Team for Indoor Volleyball.  In my spare time, I enjoy competing in Beach Volleyball around the US!

I have 3 older brothers, 2 nieces, and 2 nephews (one of which is pictured with me).  I visit Maryland every chance I get!

Go Warriors!

 

 

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    Thompson High School 

    2021 Summer Reading Assignments 


    This is a broad overview of the summer reading requirements for Thompson High School.

    Please refer to the school website for summer reading details and individual teachers’ notes.

    Parents, please be aware of your student’s choice of books. Not all books are appropriate for all students. If you have any questions about selections or assignments, please contact Michele Bargman at michele.bargman@acsboe.org

    English 9: (Students will read a total of one book)

    Select one book from the list below. A project related to the book and/or content will be assigned when students return to school. 

    • Ghost, Jason Reynolds
    • The ShipBreaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine

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    Honors English 9: (Students will read a total of two books)

    • Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of THE ILIAD, Rosemary Sutcliff AND choose one of the following books:

    • Mockingbird, Kathryn Erskine
    • Graveyard Book,  Neil Gaiman
    • House of the Scorpions, Nancy Farmer
    • Not If I Save You First, Ally Carter

    Honors English 9 students will complete two assignments.

    • (1) Video Assignment
    • (1) Major Work Data Card

    *The video assignment rubric (Elements of Plot) and the MWDC template can be found on all English 9 teachers’  THS webpages.

     

    English 10: (Students will read a total of one book)

    Select one book from the list below. A project related to the book and/or content will be assigned when students return to school. 


    Teacher Suggestions:

    • Monster,  Walter Dean Myers
      • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    • Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
    • Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor
    • Everything  All At Once, Katrina Leno
    • Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals

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    Honors English 10: (Students will read a total of two books)

    • Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals  AND a second book from the list above

    *Honors English 10 students will complete two assignments.

    • (1) Video Assignment
    • (1) Major Work Data Card

    *The video assignment rubric (Characterization/Setting) and the MWDC template can be found on all English 10 teachers’  THS webpages.

    AP/Seminar English 10:  (Students will read a total of one book)

    • Lord of the Flies, William Golding 

    *Students will complete a guided reading notes assignment due the first week of school and take an objective test.  

    *Instructions for the guide reading notes assignment can be found on the following teachers’ webpages:

    • Mrs. Crystal Lamar
    • Mr. Jake Huggins
    • Mr. Jake Smith

     

    English 11: (Students will read a total of one book)

    Select one book from the list below. A project related to the book and/or content will be assigned when students return to school. 

    • Our Town, Thornton Wilder
    • House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
    • Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
    • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
    • Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
    • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand
    • Swamplandia!, Karen Russell

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    Advanced English 11: (Students will read a total of two books)

    • A Separate Peace, John Knowles AND a second book from the list above

    *Advanced English 11 students will complete two assignments.

    • (1) Video Assignment
    • (1) Major Work Data Card

     

    *The video assignment rubric (Symbolism) and the MWDC template can be found on all English 11 teachers’  THS webpages.

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    AP English 11, Language and Composition                          Crystal Lamar, e-mail: Crystal.Lamar@acsboe.org
                                                                                                          Angela Glover, e-mail: Angela.Glover@acsboe.org
                                                                                                          Erin Taliaferro, email:  Erin.Taliaferro@acsboe.org


    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer                                              A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    ISBN-10: 0385486804                                                             ISBN-10: 0743253973

    ISBN-13: 978-0385486804                                                     ISBN-13: 978-0743253970


    Students taking AP Language will read the two above works, and complete extension activities for each.

    • For Into the Wild, students will complete the response questions as they read.

    • For A Separate Peace, students will complete ten entries in a dialectical journal. 

    Questions, directions, and a sample of a dialectical journal entry are on Crystal Lamar’s THS webpage. Students need to be ready to submit these assignments during the first few weeks of school. 


    *The first full week of school, on Thursday, students will take a multiple choice reading test on A Separate Peace. The assigned  extension activity will be due at this time. 

     

    **The second full week of school, on Thursday, students will take a multiple choice reading test on Into the Wild. The assigned  extension activity will be due at this time. 

    English 12 and Advanced English 12: 

    Standard 12: Students will read a total of one book from the list below.


    Advanced English 12: Students will select two books from the list below.


    • You Have a Match , Emma Lord
    • Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas
    • The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna
    • The Electric Kingdom, David Arnold
    • The Cost of Knowing, Brittany Morris
    • The Wings of Ebony, J Elle
    • Yesterday is History, Kosoko Jackson
    • Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok

    *A project related to the book and/or content will be assigned when students return to school. 

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    AP English 12, Literature and Composition                     

    Angie Glover, angela.glover@acsboe.org    or   Heath LaGrone, heath.lagrone@acsboe.org


    Please select one work from each category below. As you read, complete a dialectical journal for each work.  Please locate the journal documents on Mrs. Glover’s Webpage. These documents will be due the first two weeks of school.   


    Works Written Prior to 1900 Works Written After 1900

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, 1847   Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 1952

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens,1861                 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1961

    Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky, 1866   Beloved by Toni Morrison, 1987

    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, 1847   Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, 1977

    King Lear by W. Shakespeare, 1606   Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, 1949

    Moby Dick by Herman Melville,1851   The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, 1945

    Othello by W. Shakespeare, 1603                                              The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 1982

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 1899                                      Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison,1977 


    *Students will take a multiple choice reading test for each selection . The assigned extension activity will be due at this time. 

     

     

     

     

    If you qualify for reading assistance, Learning Ally is available at no cost to you. Learning Ally is an audiobook solution that is meant to provide equitable access to literature. All required books, and most of the optional texts, are available through this resource. Please contact Kim Bice at kim.bice@acsboe.org if you need username or password assistance.

    Our Favorite Books...

    Mrs. Lamar:

    Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis

    Have you ever wanted to get away and go find out who you are? Have you ever thought about hiking a thousand miles? Well, Jennifer Pharr Davis hiked that and kept on moving, and at one point held the world record for hiking the AT. This book has been very inspirational to me, and I hope you will love it as well!


    Mr. LaGrone:

    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

    Irving's novel is about freindship, faith, murder, mutilation, and the inexorable hand of destiny set in a sleepy New England town that seems largely untouched by the events leading up to the Vietnam War.


    Mrs. Glover:

    The Glass Castle  by Jeannette Walls

    The book is a memoir describing the author's childhood living in extreme poverty with parents who have unconventional, somewhat disturbing, ways of living.


    Mrs. Morris:

    Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

    This book is about the common ups and downs about assuming things about other people without actually knowing them. It teaches that people can and will surprise you if you give them a chance.  


    Mrs. Johnson:

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian society that burns books in order to control dangerous ideas and unhappy concepts. The novel tells the story of Guy Montag, a fireman who questions the book-burning policy and undergoes extraordinary suffering and transformation as a result.


    Ms. Taliaferro:

    Anxious People by Fredrick Backman

    Two cops are investigating a bank robbery. The hostages: uncooperative. The robber: missing. The scene of the crime: surprisingly bland. Anxious People explores several different characters with vastly different perspectives, and examines how, though people might not agree with one another, they can connect and identify with one another, and work together to solve a truly baffling crime. 


    Mr. Huggins: 

    Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

    This is a bizarre book that seems to address life's biggest questions without directly addressing life's biggest questions. It speaks to that need for answers we all have inside of us. Why do I exist? What's my purpose? And the main character seems to wander aimlessly because of a lack of answers to these questions. Thus, he is very relatable. I also really like Fahrenheit 451


    Mrs. Owens:

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

    Rebecca is a classic Gothic suspense novel. It concerns an unnamed young woman who marries a wealthy widower, only to discover that he and his household are haunted by the memory of his late first wife, the title character. Like most novels of this genre, Rebecca is characterized by use of picturesque settings, an atmosphere of mystery and terror, and a hint of violence and the supernatural.   

    Ms. Rishell:

    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    This book is about a young girl who lives on her own. The book bounces back and forth between past and present as the people of the town try to solve a murder. This book is a perfect blend of independence, romance, and mystery.  Not sure if it was because I read it over quarantine where nothing was going on that made this so good, or the fact that it actually really was that good!


    Mrs. Smith:

    Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.  

    This book is science fiction and it centers around an African American teenager who has to escape her hometown in Southern California because of the effects of climate change.  As she journeys northward, she meets up with other displaced people, and they band together to create their own community.  It's a page turner, and as the main character is a hyper-empath, you can really see how she feels as the story unfolds!  It's a great book, and if you're into series, this one is totally for you. 


    Mrs. Loyd:

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

    This is the first of seven autobiographical works by American writer Maya Angelou, published in 1969. The book chronicles her life from age 3 through age 16, recounting an unsettled and sometimes traumatic childhood. It became one of the most widely read and taught books written by an African American woman.


    Ms. Lackey:

    Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith

    Want a good laugh? This short comic novel by Alexander McCall Smith, and the first of McCall Smith's series of novels welcomes readers to the insane world of Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology.  Von Igelfeld is engaged in a never-ending quest to win the respect he feels certain he is due—a quest which has the tendency to go hilariously astray.


    Mr. Lee:

    The Sprinter’s Compendium by Ryan J. Banta 

    This book has a plethora of training philosophies, ideas, and plans that I’ve never heard of until reading through its pages. It also breaks down the science of sprinting which is very helpful being a THS track coach. 


    Mr. Smith:

    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

    The story of  two Afghani women married to the same tyrannical man, this novel is one of the most emotionally moving books I have ever read. It's a tense, unflinching up-close look at a population that rarely sees themselves represented in literature, and Hosseini's writing is beautiful. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up!


    Mrs. Sport:

    The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    Jeannette Walls's memoir takes you into a story of perseverance at it's finest. With a father who had big dreams, but an even bigger drinking problem, and a mother who never quite committed to the idea of motherhood, Walls had one of the toughest childhoods that anyone could imagine. However, she did one of the hardest tasks in life, she rose above her circumstances and became a successful, productive member of society.