Homework for Alliance Scholars

Thank you for your partnership during this time. 

During the two-week school closure from March 16th to 27th, we are strongly encouraging scholars to engage in independent study as regularly as possible. On this page, we’ve provided work packets, an extensive book list and other resources.  YOUR PRINCIPAL MAY HAVE ALREADY SENT SCHOOL-SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS, PLEASE PRIORITIZE THAT WORK. 

If we are closed for more than two weeks, we will provide distance learning for scholars via Google Classroom. In this scenario, we will work to ensure all scholars have access to WiFi and devices if they currently do not.

Independent study can be challenging, but it is also an exciting opportunity to design your own academic experience -- a taste of what college may feel like!

Of course, please take whatever time you need to care of yourselves and your family, especially if someone gets sick. The safety and well-being of our community always comes first.


Gracias por su colaboración durante este tiempo. 
 
Durante el cierre de las escuelas del 16 al 27 de marzo, sugerimos a los estudiantes a participar en estudios independientes con la mayor regularidad posible. En esta página, proporcionamos paquetes de tarea, una extensa lista de libros y otros recursos. TAL VEZ SU DIRECTOR LE ENVIO INSTRUCCIONES ESPECÍFICAS, POR FAVOR PRIORICE ESE TRABAJO.
 
Si estamos cerrados por más de dos semanas, proporcionaremos aprendizaje remoto para los estudiantes a través de Google Classroom. En este escenario, trabajaremos para garantizar que todos los estudiantes tengan acceso a WiFi y aparatos de tecnología si no los tienen.
 
El estudio independiente puede ser un reto, pero también es una oportunidad para diseñar su propia experiencia académica, ¡una muestra de cómo se va sentir en la universidad!
 
Por supuesto, tómese el tiempo que necesite para cuidarse a sí mismo y a su familia, especialmente si alguien se enferma. La seguridad y el bienestar de nuestra comunidad siempre es la prioridad. 
Establishing Your Learning Routine and Preparing Your Space:
 
  • Have a daily routine. Stick to it as best as you can. Ask a parent or another adult to help you come up with a schedule if needed.
  • Create a schedule that includes breaks and lunch. For example, every hour or so take a 5-minute break from learning -- kind of like “passing periods” at school -- to give you a breather.
  • Have a dedicated learning space, if possible, separate from your bedroom and away from the television. It will signal to your brain that it’s time for work and will help you stay focused.
  • Minimize distractions. This can be tough, especially if you have siblings or others in your learning space. Find a strategy that works for you, such as listening to music with headphones. Staying focused on independent work is a critical skill in college -- this is a great time to practice!

Being an Active Learner and Problem-Solving When Stuck or Confused:
 
  • Keep track of what you do and don’t understand.
    • Be mindful of when you feel confident with the material and when you feel confused.
    • It may be helpful to create a system where you “check” ✓ the sections of your work that you feel confident in answering and circle or highlight the sections of work that you’ve attempted, but are not sure of and want to go back to.
  • Use available resources.
    • Reference any school materials from earlier in the year that may offer strategies for what to do when stuck.
    • Use any resource books available to you (dictionaries, textbooks, etc.) or online resources if you are able to access them (SparkNotes, Khan Academy, etc.)
  • Reach out to a peer/classmate at your school/in your grade.
    • If you have access to phone, text, email, or social media, a peer or classmate may be able to help you work through problems.
  • Try your best!
    • Just the act of working hard to solve problems will benefit you as a learner and a scholar. While easier work can make you feel confident, you should feel most proud of the work you do that challenges you!
Prepare su rutina de aprendizaje y preparar su espacio:
 
  • Tenga una rutina diaria. Mantenga consistencia lo mejor que pueda. Pídale a un padre u otro adulto que le ayude a elaborar un horario si es necesario.
  • Cree un horario que incluya descansos y almuerzo. Por ejemplo, cada hora, más o menos, tome un descanso de 5 minutos de aprendizaje, algo así como el tiempo que toma para ir de clase a clase, para darle un descanso.
  • Tenga un espacio de aprendizaje, si es posible, separado de su cuarto y lejos de la televisión. Le indicará a su cerebro que es hora de trabajar y lo ayudará a mantenerse concentrado.
  • Minimiza las distracciones. Esto puede ser difícil, especialmente si tienes hermanos o otras personas en tu espacio de aprendizaje. Encuentre una estrategia que funcione para usted, como escuchar música con audífonos. Mantener enfoce en el trabajo independiente es una habilidad crítica en la universidad, ¡este es un buen momento para practicar!
 
Para ayudar ser un estudiante activo y resolver problemas cuando tenga dificuldad:
 
  • Haz una lista de lo que entiendes y no entiendes.
    • Tenga en cuenta cuándo se siente seguro con el material y cuándo se siente confundido.
    • Puede ser útil crear un sistema en el que "verifique" ✓ las secciones de su trabajo en las que se siente seguro y circule o resalte las secciones de trabajo que ha intentado, pero no está seguro 
  • Utiliza los recursos disponibles.
    • Consulte cualquier material escolar de principios del año que pueda ofrecer estrategias sobre qué hacer con un problema.
    • Utilice cualquier libro de recursos disponible (diccionarios, libros de texto, etc.) o recursos en línea (SparkNotes, Khan Academy, etc.)
  • Comuníquese con un compañero de clase en su escuela.
    • Si tiene acceso a teléfono, mensajes de texto, correo electrónico o redes sociales, un compañero de clase puede ayudarlo a resolver los problemas.
  • ¡Haz tu mejor esfuerzo!
    • Solo el hecho de trabajar duro para resolver problemas te beneficiará como estudiante. El trabajo fácil puede hacer que te sientas seguro, ¡deberías sentirte muy orgulloso del trabajo que se te hace difícil!
Work packets 
 
 
 
 
 
Additional resources: 
 
English Language Arts:
  • All scholars should use the same login they use at school.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
  • Scholars can use their login if they have one, or create a free account.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
 
Math:
  • All scholars can create an account for free, if they don't already have one. 
  • We recommend scholars spend at least 30-45 minutes a day working on this site.
Work packets
 
 
 
 
 
Additional resources: 
 
English Language Arts:
  • All scholars should use the same login they use at school.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
  • Scholars can use their login if they have one, or create a free account.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
 
Math:
  • All scholars can create an account for free, if they don't already have one.
  • We recommend scholars work at least 30-45 minutes a day on this site.
Work packets
 
 
 
 
 
Additional resources: 
 
English Language Arts:
  • All scholars should use the same login they use at school.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
  • Scholars can use their login if they have one, or create a free account.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
 
Math:
  • All scholars can create an account for free, if they don't already have one. 
  • We recommend scholars spend at least 30-45 minutes a day working on this site.
Work packets
 
 
 
 
Additional resources: 
 
English Language Arts:
  • All scholars should use the same login they use at school.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
  • Scholars can use their login if they have one, or create a free account.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
 
Math:
  • All scholars can create an account for free, if they don't already have one. 
  • We recommend scholars complete at least 30-45 minutes a day working on this site.
Work packets
 
 
 
 
Additional resources: 
 
English Language Arts:
  • All scholars should use the same login they use at school.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
  • Scholars can use their login if they have one, or create a free account.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
 
Math:
  • All scholars can create an account for free, if they don't already have one. 
  • We recommend scholars spend at least 30-45 minutes a day working on this site.
 
For students in AP classes they can also use: 
 
  • We recommend scholars spend 30-45 minutes per day studying for each test.
Work packets
 
 
 
 
Additional resources: 
 
English Language Arts:
  • All scholars should use the same login they use at school.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
  • Scholars can use their login if they have one, or create a free account.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
 
Math:
  • All scholars can create an account for free, if they don't already have one. 
  • We recommend scholars spend at least 30-45 minutes a day working on this site.
  • Using Khan Academy's Official SAT Practice for at least 60 minutes per week is proven to help boost SAT scores!
 
For students in AP classes they can also use: 
 
  • We recommend scholars spend 30-45 minutes per day studying for each test.
Work packets
 
 
 
 
Additional resources: 
 
English Language Arts:
  • All scholars should use the same login they use at school.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
  • Scholars can use their login if they have one, or create a free account.
  • We recommend scholars complete at least three lessons per week.
 
Math:
  • All scholars can create an account for free, if they don't already have one. 
  • We recommend scholars spend at least 30-45 minutes a day working on this site.
 
For students in AP classes they can also use: 
 
  • We recommend scholars spend 30-45 minutes per day studying for each test.
 
Additional resources
  • Duolingo
    • All scholars can access this site
  • Rosetta Stone
    • For scholars who already use this at their school, they already have a login and can continue to use this site. 
    • We recommend scholars complete an hour a day studying on this site. 

There are instructional materials available to you and your scholar during our time of closure. Please note that while your scholar does do grade-level work while at school with the assistance of accommodations and an RSP teacher; some of the grade-level material may cause some frustration without those supports. Please note that all of these materials will not be graded, and are intended to serve as continued skill practice while school is not in session. You are able to use your discretion as to which grade level packets you have your scholar work on at home.


Padres de los Estudiantes con Discapacidades/Estudiantes con IEPs:


Hay materiales de instrucción disponibles para usted y su estudiante durante nuestro tiempo de cierre. Tenga en cuenta que si bien su estudiante hace el trabajo de nivel de grado mientras está en la escuela con la ayuda de adaptaciones y un maestro de RSP; parte del material de nivel de grado puede causar cierta frustración sin esos apoyos. Tenga en cuenta que todos estos materiales no serán calificados, y están destinados a servir como práctica continua de habilidades mientras la escuela no está en sesión. Puede usar su discreción sobre los paquetes de nivel de grado en los que su estudiante trabaja en casa.

Below is a recommended list of books and some ways to access these texts:

  • LA Public Library offers Overdrive, which only requires entering your phone number in order to access online versions (both audio and digital) of some of the texts below. 

  • For audio recording, Audible is currently offering a free 30 day subscription and is a great option for scholars to listen to books.  

  • Links to purchase the texts on Amazon are linked below, along with some free PDF and audio recordings for a few of the texts.

 

Grade

Book Title

How to Access It

Supplementary Materials (i.e. if there is a website that provides questions related to the book, etc.)

Upper Elementary

Ninth Ward, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Guide

Upper Elementary

One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Guide

Upper Elementary

Rickshaw Girl, by Mitali Perkins

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion/Activity Guide

Upper Elementary

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions

Upper Elementary

Paper Wishes, by Lois Sepahban

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions

Upper Elementary

Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Study Guide

Middle School

Dragonwings, by Lawrence Yep

Purchase on Amazon

Audio recording

Study Guide

Middle School

Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George

Purchase on Amazon

PDF 

Study Guide

Middle School

My Antonia, by Willa Cather

Purchase on Amazon

Audio recording

PDF

Study Guide

Middle School

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson

Purchase on Amazon

Audio recording

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Study Guide

Middle School

Under the Mesquite, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Teacher Guide

Middle School

John Lewis in the Lead, by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Jenkins

Purchase on Amazon

Teacher Guide

Interviews

Middle School

The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby, by Crystal Hubbard

Purchase on Amazon

Teacher Guide

Interviews

Middle School

Tofu Quilt, by Ching Russell

Purchase on Amazon

Teacher Guide

Middle School 

Harbor Me, by Jaqueline Woodson

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Audio Also Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions

Middle School

The Stars Beneath Our Feet, David Barclay Moore

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions

Middle School

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions

Middle and High School

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Purchase on Amazon

Online Book

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions and Extension Activities

High School

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Quiz

High School

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Purchase on Amazon

PDF

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions

Video Lecture by Jason Reynolds

High School

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

Purchase on Amazon

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

 

High School

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Purchase on Amazon

E Book

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Resource Packet

High School

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika Sanchez

Purchase on Amazon

E Book

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Quiz

High School

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Purchase on Amazon

Online Text

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions

High School

Dear Martin, by Nic Stone

Purchase on Amazon

Online Text

Audio Recording

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Discussion Questions

High School

Nectar in a Sieve, by Kamala Markandaya

Purchase on Amazon

Online Text

Study Guide

High School

The Friends, by Rosa Guy

Purchase on Amazon

Open Library Link

Study Guide

High School

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Purchase on Amazon

PDF

Audio Recording

Available on LA Public Library Overdrive

Study Guide

High School

...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, by Tomas Riviera

Purchase on Amazon

Study Guide

High School

Night, by Elie Weisel

Purchase on Amazon

PDF

Full Text

Audio Recording

Study Guide