Woodlawn High School Summer Reading Lists 2019-2020

Woodlawn High School Summer Reading Lists 2019-2020

Students attending Woodlawn High School during the 2019-2020 school year are expected to participate in the summer reading program.

All ninth grade students must select one of the four books below to read over summer break. There will be an assessment within the first three weeks of school. Gifted, Great Scholars, and Magnet students must read the designated book and will receive their assignment the first week of school.

  • Go Ask Alice– Anonymous
  • A Raisin in the Sun– Lorraine Hansberry
  • Educated– Tara Westover
    • Educated is required for Gifted and Great Scholars ninth graders. This is your only book.
  • Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths– Bernard Evslin
    • Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths is required reading for Magnet ninth graders. This is your only book. 

All tenth grade students must select one of the four books below to read over summer break. There will be an assessment within the first three weeks of school. Gifted, Great Scholars, and Magnet students will receive their assignment the first week of school.

  • Brave New World– Aldous Huxley
  • Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity– Drew Brees
  • Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
  • The Martian– Andrew Weir

All eleventh grade students must select three articles by at least two different authors listed below. This list of authors represents various perspectives on current events. As you read each article, take note of the author’s name, title of the article, the author’s primary claim, and at least two features that support the author’s claim. You will receive an additional assignment the first day of school.

  • Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press
  • Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post
  • Charles Blow (on sabbatical), The New York Times
  • David Brooks, The New York Times
  • Frank Bruni, The New York Times
  • Roger Cohen, The New York Times & International Tribune
  • Gail Collins, The New York Times
  • John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Maureen Dowd, The New York Times
  • Chris Erskine, LA Times
  • Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic
  • Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times
  • LZ Granderson, LA Times
  • Matthew Hansen, Omaha World Herald
  • Jemele Hill, The Atlantic
  • Ezra Klein, Vox
  • Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
  • Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
  • Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal
  • Jeneé Osterheldt, The Boston Globe
  • Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post
  • Terry Paulson, Townhall.com
  • Leonard Pitts, Jr., Miami Herald
  • Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post
  • Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune
  • Ben Shapiro, Daily Wire
  • Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
  • Cal Thomas, CalThomas.com
  • Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker
  • George Will, The Washington Post
  • Matthew Yglesias, Vox
  • Dave Zirin, The Nation

All twelfth grade students (except for AP English Literature and Composition students) will read The Kite Runner by Kaled Hosseni. There will be an assessment within the first two weeks of school. All AP English Literature and Composition students will read How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. The assignment for this reading is copied below; it is due the first week of school.



Dear Incoming AP Students,

Welcome to AP English Literature and Composition. This summer, in preparation for our study of literature, you will read and prepare notations for How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster (ISBN 978-0062301673). As you read the questions below, please answer the questions in a journal in your handwriting.

You must include annotations to support your responses.

Annotations will be checked.

Have a great summer and enjoy your readings. I look forward to meeting you in August.

Sincerely yours,

Tonya Collins

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Teacher


How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Adapted from Donna Anglin)

Introduction: How’d He Do That? How do memory, symbol, and pattern affect the reading of literature? How does the recognition of patterns make it easier to read complicated literature?

Chapter 1 — Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It’s Not) –What are the five aspects of the QUEST?

Chapter 2 — Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion-How do authors use meals to convey meaning?

Chapter 3: –Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires –What are the essentials of the Vampire story?

Chapter 4 –Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?-What is intertextuality? What are archetypes?

Chapter 5– When in Doubt, It’s from Shakespeare. . . How does the concept of intertextuality relate to the works of Shakespeare?

Chapter 6 — …Or the Bible –What themes does Foster include in his discussion? To what Biblical stories does he allude?

Chapter 7 — Hanseldee and Greteldum –Which myths and fairy tales does Foster relate to literature?

Chapter 8 — It’s Greek to Me-Note characters or situations from Greek mythology. What claims does Foster make regarding myth?

Chapter 9– It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow For what purposes is weather used in literary and cinematic works?

Interlude — Does He Mean That –What claims do Foster make about writers?

Chapter 10 –Never Stand Next to the Hero What must the reader remember about heroes and characters in heroic tales? Why is it important to remember that characters are on “a need-to-know basis?”

Chapter 11 –…More Than It’s Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence-What are the two kinds of violence found in literature? What are their effects?

Chapter 12 — Is That a Symbol?-How do symbol and allegory differ? What items do authors use as symbols

Chapter 13 — It’s All Political –Note criteria Foster uses to support the title of the chapter. Define the “isms” Foster mentions.

Chapter 14 — Yes, She’s a Christ Figure, Too –Note criteria Foster uses to identify Christ figures in literature.

Chapter 15 — Flights of Fancy-How do writers use flight to convey meaning in their works?

Chapter 16 — It’s All About Sex… and Chapter 17 — …Except the Sex-What assertions does Foster make regarding sex scenes in literature?

Chapter 18 — If She Comes Up, It’s Baptism –What are the plot implications of drowning (or not drowning)? What meaning might be conveyed through a “baptism scene”?

Chapter 19 — Geography Matters… How does Foster define geography? Why is it so important in literature?

Chapter 20 — …So Does Season-How do writers use the seasons in meaningful, traditional, or unusual ways?

Interlude — One Story-What argument does Foster repeat in this chapter and how does he support it?

Chapter 21 — Marked for Greatness-What meaning do physical imperfections take on in literature?

Chapter 22 — He’s Blind for a Reason, You Know-What must a writer do in order to introduce a blind character in a work? What can blindness symbolize in a work?

Chapter 23 — It’s Never Just Heart Disease…What assertions do Foster make in order to support the title of this chapter?

Chapter 24 — …And Rarely Just Illness-According to Foster, what are the “principles governing the use of disease in literature”? Note their effectiveness as related to plot, theme, and symbolism.

Chapter 25 — Don’t Read with Your Eyes-Focus on Foster’s remarks about specific assumptions that authors make given the time and place in which they write. What does he mean when he advises, “don’t read with your eyes.”?

Chapter 26 — Is He Serious? And Other Ironies-What is meant by the “ironic mode”? What are the characteristics of irony? How and why do authors employ it? What is meant by the multivocal nature of irony in a work?

Chapter 27 — A Test Case-We will complete the test case in class.

POSTLUDE: Who’s in Charge Here? How do we know that we are “right’ or “correct?”

Envoi –What is the function of an envoi? How does Foster use it?

Lost N Sound Attends National A Capella Convention

Lost N Sound Attends National A Capella Convention

At the end of April, Lost N Sound, Woodlawn High School’s A Capella group, attended the National A Capella Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. During their trip, the group was able to visit the Memphis Zoo and explore Beale Street while learning about the history of music in Memphis and about celebrities, both past and present, affiliated with the city.

While at the convention, the students attended classes and showcases where they witnessed other groups perform and learned how to better themselves as performers to reach and exceed their level of professionalism. During this time, LNS also received a private class from an expert in the A Capella industry.  This year, the group had their masterclass with Chris Brody, who is an A Capella arranger, clinician, sound engineer, producer and member of Inverse Vocals, a Michigan based A Capella group.

LNS used the trip to Memphis as a learning and bonding experience for all members. This is one of the most memorable moments of being in LNS and it has one of the biggest impacts on our views of being a performer.


Graduation Information for the Class of 2019

Graduation Information for the Class of 2019

Graduation is fast approaching and seniors and their families need to know these important events, times, and guidelines:

  • Final exams will be administered May 6th-9th.
    • Monday, May 6th – 3B and 4B Exams
    • Tuesday, May 7th – 3A and 4A Exams
    • Wednesday, May 8th – 1B and 2B Exams
    • Thursday, May 9th – 1A and 2A Exams
  • Seniors’ final day is May 9th after their 2nd block exam. Seniors are to leave campus each day at the conclusion of their second exam.
  • Seniors are not to come back to campus after the last exam day or during the days after senior exams while underclassmen are still in school, other than designated days. Seniors are not to go to any other school campus.
  • All uniform codes and school rules apply during exams.
  • Seniors will come back to school on Tuesday, May 14th from 8:00 am until 10:30 am to pay fees and debts or verify that all fees have been paid through the library and the office. Students will be given a colored sheet of paper that shows a zero balance. Student will ONLY go to the library and the front office and should be dressed appropriately.
  • Seniors will return to school on Friday, May 17th from 8:00 am until 10:30 am and pick up their cap and gown, final report card and graduation tickets. Students will enter the front of school and will not go
    down any of the halls. All items will be given to seniors in the foyer.
  • Seniors may bring any used school polos to the main office on May 14th or May 17th. Please only bring clean polos. Those polos will be used next year for students who may not have a polo.
  • Graduation practice will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at 9:00 am at Healing Place Church (19202 Highland Road). Practice should last approximately three hours.
  • Graduation will be held at Healing Place Church on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00 pm. Doors will open for the audience at 5:00 pm. All audience members must have a ticket to enter Healing Place Church. Graduates must be at the facility by 4:45 pm.
  • Audience members will not be allowed into Healing Place Church with any balloons, flowers, noise makers, confetti poppers, other distracting items, any food or drinks. If you are found with any of these items, you will be asked to return them to your vehicle. If you bring them inside the arena and security finds them or you set them off, they will be taken and you will be asked to leave the arena.

This is a wonderful time for the graduating class of 2019. Please be respectful and adhere to these guidelines.

Schedule Change Request Form

Schedule Change Request Form

Guidance has asked any student who has a schedule change request to fill out the form attached at the following link.

Valid Requests Include:
-you have taken and received credit for the course already
-missing a graduation requirement
-hole in schedule
-took summer school to recover credit
-move to a higher level class

Click here for the schedule change request form.

Making Woodlawn High a More Environmentally Friendly Place Through a Recycling Competition

Making Woodlawn High a More Environmentally Friendly Place Through a Recycling Competition

Part of being a member in the National Honor Society is doing your part and helping out with service projects throughout the year. Last school year several students expressed an interest in wanting to help the school campus go green by getting a recycling program started. The President, Elizabeth Zhang, tried to contact different companies to see who would be willing to help us and figure out how to get started. Unfortunately, she did not have any luck. As a last ditch effort the sponsor, Ms. Brittney Fetter, contacted the Recycling Office of East Baton Rouge Parish to see if they had any ideas about how the club could get the recycling idea off the ground. Thankfully a glimmer of hope was sparked.

Richanne Caraway at the Recycling Office guided the sponsor to a representative at the Department of Environmental Services (DES) in hopes that we would be able to enter the recycling competition with the other schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. After discussing the idea with the DES representative Michael Lowe, the NHS club decided this was the service project for us this year. The club had an orientation meeting with Mr. Lowe so that he could explain the rules of the competition and get everyone on board. The students were excited about getting to make a difference in their school community.

Later that week, Friday October 20, 2017, the recycling bins were delivered by Republic to aid the NHS in their mission. They received four bins to help collect the recycling, and the bins were placed in different areas around campus to make it easier for the students during collection. The competition started that very next Monday morning on October 23, 2017 and they had four weeks to collect as much as possible. They asked the faculty to place a recycling bin in their classroom, to aid in the collection process. The students and the teachers were very good at making sure that the appropriate material was getting recycled; paper, plastic, cardboard, no food waste. It was decided to pick-up twice a week during both lunch shifts on Wednesday and during the beginning of 4th block on Fridays. Students volunteered to go around and collect the recycling.

Throughout the competition the club members had to keep track of how many bins were put into the recycling dumpster. With the help of the teachers, students, office staff, and the cafeteria staff the club was able to dump 111 bins of recycling. In the end it weighed over 5,000 pounds. It was amazing! Since the students met their goal of 100 carts, the whole school was able to participate in free dress for a whole week. The week after Thanksgiving break the sponsor was anxiously awaiting the news to find out who had won the whole competition. At the end of the day on November 27, 2017 the email finally came through; Congratulations to Woodlawn High School, the winner of the recycling competition! Being the winners of the competition, meant a visit from Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. The Mayor came to the school on Monday December 11, 2017 to announce Woodlawn as the winners and to declare that December 11, 2017 is Woodlawn High School Day.

Even though the competition has ended, our goal to keep the campus green remains. The National Honor Society appreciates all the help from everyone involved and hopes for the continued support from the Woodlawn High family.