Grades 6th, 7th and 8 CP
Students in English 6, 7 and 8 CP should read a minimum of 60 minutes a week. Students may read any novel of choice for this assignment.
English 8 Honors/9 CP
Students in English 8 Honors and English 9 CP should read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.
English 9 Honors/10 CP
Students in English 9 Honors and English 10 CP should read Lord of the Flies by William Golding and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.
English 10 Honors/English 11 CP
Students in English 10 Honors and English 11 CP should read The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.
AP Language and Composition
Students in AP Language and Composition should read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and be prepared for a written assessment the first day of school. Students should also purchase Rhetorical Devices, Prestwick House, ISBN # 978158049765-7. The summer assignment in this book is to read pages 3 - 10 and to complete all writing activities on pages 13 - 31 according to directions.
English 12 CP
Students should read Hard Times by Charles Dickens and be prepared for a written assessment on the first day of school.
AP Literature and Composition
Student should read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and a second novel of their choice from the provided list. Students are to complete the summer reading assignment for each novel and email their responses to email@example.com by Tuesday, August 14. The detailed description of the novels and assignment is attached.
AP Literature Summer Reading Assignment
The following novels/plays have been cited on the AP exam more than any other pieces of literature. The numbers to the left of each title indicates how many times students were able to write about the novel on the open-ended question.
You are required to read TWO novels over the summer. EVERYONE will read Invisible Man in that it has showed up on the exam more than any other novel. You may select a second novel from this list that you would like to read in addition to Invisible Man. It is important that you select one that interests you. Some of you read these in 10th and 11th Grade, so please do not read a book on which you have already been assessed. I put in bold the titles that I know you have read in school. You must email me firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, July 1, to tell me what you are going to read for your second novel.
Don’t panic! You don’t have to read it by July 1. I have read many of these, but not all, so by letting me know I can be ready for you. Students will have to complete a summer reading assignment on each novel and email it to email@example.com by Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
**28 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison**
22 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
19 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
18 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
17 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski
17 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
15 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
15 Moby Dick by Herman Melville
14 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
14 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
14 The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
13 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
13 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston
13 The Awakening by Kate Chopin
12 Beloved by Toni Morrison
12 Billy Budd by Herman Melville
11 Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
11 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
11 Light in August by William Faulkner
10 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
10 Native Son by Richard Wright
10 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
9 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
9 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
9 A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
9 Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
8 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
8 Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
8 Candide by Voltaire
8 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
8 The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
8 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
8 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
8 Sula by Toni Morrison
8 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
7 Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
7 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
7 Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
7 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
7 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
7 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
7 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
6 Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
6 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
6 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
6 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
6 Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
6 Murder in the Cathedral by T. S. Eliot
6 Obasan by Joy Kogawa
6 The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
5 Bleak House by Charles Dickens
5 The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chkhov
5 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
5 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
5 A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
5 Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
Summer Reading Assignment: In a typed document, complete the following entries for BOTH novels. You should have a separate entry for Invisible Man and a second entry for the novel of your choice.
(10 Points) Entry #1. Introductory information as shown below
- Title of work
- Give a brief description of the author and any significant events in his/her life that would have shaped the novel
- Genre (play, novel, epic poem, nonfiction text); sub-genre, if applicable (example, not just play for Henry V, but history play)
- Historical context, such as the year published, the literary period, or any historical or literary connections worth noting
- Protagonist(s) and description (just one sentence)
- Antagonist(s) and description (just one sentence)
- Key themes: the main two or three. Remember—this is a complete statement, not singular words or phrases.
- Three literary elements-identified and described
(50 points) Entries #2-6. Five journal entries (approximately 100-200 words each). All journal entries are to be analytical exercises and written in paragraph form. Be sure to vary your entry types (don't do the same thing over and over again).
- Write about the title: What do you think this title could refer to? What is your first reaction to the title? Do you think it could be seen as symbolic in any way?
- Start with a quotation from a chapter and comment on it. Why is it important? Extend beyond the text itself. Ex: maybe the passage is important for a character, but how about us?
- Pull out a soliloquy or short scene from a play and analyze it. Why it is important? What is revealed, etc.?
- Reading between the lines. Sometimes it's what characters don't say that matters. Cite a passage and explain what's really going on. Be sure to show how you know it.
- Analyze the development of a dynamic character: how is it she/he grows, learns, etc.? (AP tests are full of passages that show character growth).
- Cite and explain an ironic passage. How does irony function in the work?
- Cite a passage and analyze the author's style: choice of words, syntax, tone, etc. Why do you think the author used this style for this work? How effective is the passage at achieving the author's purpose?
- Cite and agree, disagree or qualify a point of view or a worldview in the work. Give context for the point of view first.
(40 points) Entry #7. - In 800 words or more explain a truth (or truths) about human nature and find some events from the text that relate to those truths. Include a quote from at least one passage in the book that reflects the experience you have identified. Be sure to embed the quote into your essay as you have done on other AP essays. Some ideas to consider are: acceptance, alienation, betrayal, choices, conformity, courage, cowardice, fear, friendship, fate, individuality, loyalty, relationships, responsibility, growth, and truth.
____Total (100 points)