About Coach Rishell

 Sara 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 

    2020 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.

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

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

     

    • Ghost, Jason Reynolds
    • Patina, Jason Reynolds (second in series after Ghost)

     

    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:
    • Ghost, Jason Reynolds
    • Patina, Jason Reynolds (second in series after Ghost)
    • City of Thieves, David Benioff
    • Graveyard Book,  Neil Gaiman
    • House of the Scorpions, Nancy Farmer
    • Not If I Save You First, Ally Carter

     

    *Honors English 9 students will complete a Major Work Data Card for both novels. 

    *The MWDC template can be found on all English 9 teachers’  THS webpages.

     

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

    Read at least one book of your choice over the summer.  This book may be any fiction or nonfiction book that interests you and is age and classroom appropriate. A project related to the book, the author, and/or content will be assigned when students return to school. 

     

    Teacher Suggestions:

    • Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
    • Monster,  Walter Dean Myers
    • Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
    • Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor
    • Everything  All At Once, Katrina Leno
    • Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals

     

    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 a Major Work Data Card for both novels.

    *The MWDC template can be found on all English 10 teachers’ THS webpages.

    English 11 and English 12 (Students will read a total of one book)

    Read at least one book of your choice over the summer.  This book may be any fiction or nonfiction book that interests you and is age and classroom appropriate. Every student will bring the physical book to share during the first couple of weeks of school. A project related to the book, the author, and/or content will be assigned when students return to school. 

     

    Advanced English 11 and Advanced English 12 (Students will read a total of two books)

    Read at least two books of your choice over the summer.  This book may be any fiction or nonfiction book that interests you and is age and classroom appropriate.  Every student will bring the physical book to share during the first couple of weeks of school. A project related to the book, the author, and/or content will be assigned when students return to school. 

    Our Favorite Books...

    Mrs. Brown:

    Wish You Well by David Baldacci

    Even though this novel is set in the 1940's, the issues are timeless: recovery from death of a loved one, protecting family members, corporations taking advantage of the poor, value of connection to the land, legal battles, and more. The characters seem familiar in many ways. Although there is death and sadness, it's uplifting and satisfying. Oh, and it totally reveals the value of writing letters and putting ideas on paper!

     

    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:

    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

    A futuristic world dominated by a virtual reality game. Sprinkled with 80’s pop culture, the story, set in a dystopia in 2045, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in this virtual reality game, the discovery of which would lead him to inherit the game creator's fortune.

     

    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. 

    AP English 12, Literature and Composition                     

    Renee Brown, renee.brown@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 Renee Brown’s THS Webpage. These documents will be due during the first few 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 

     

    *This is a lengthy assignment, so it should not be completed at the last minute. Please complete one major work per month.

     

    If you have any questions about selections or assignments, please contact Michele Bargman at michele.bargman@acsboe.org