AP English Literature Summer Reading Assignment 2018- 2019 School Year
Parts 1-6 of your Summer Reading Assignment are due the 2nd Friday of the school year: September 7th
Welcome to AP English Literature and Composition! I am excited to lead you on this reading adventure as you complete college level assignments while working toward the conclusion of your high school career. The skills you will learn in this class including close reading and literary analysis are skills that will serve you well over the course of your lifetime.
The demands of the Advanced Placement Literature Exam are such that we must use the summer months to jumpstart our study of literature. It is my sincerest hope that you find the tasks below as interesting and worthwhile as I do. Trust me, I am not trying to ruin your summer vacation. I do not expect you to lock yourself indoors and devote your entire summer to schoolwork. However, my goal is to help you become better readers, writers, and thinkers.I would also like for you to rekindle your love of reading by venturing outside of your comfort zone and finding a novel or play that excites you and committing to reading it well. You will read the following 3 books: How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, Kindred by Octavia Butler, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick.
In How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster explains how expert readers use patterns to help create meaning.
In Kindred, a late 20th century California girl falls back in time to pre-Civil War Maryland where she must stay alive and keep her ancestors alive in order to maintain her timeline.
In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, a bounty hunter chases androids and finds the essence of humanity.
Please feel free to email me with questions over the summer at firstname.lastname@example.org as you complete your work. Your instructions are listed below:
Purchase and read the revised edition of How to Read Literature Like a Professor.
Answer the Reading Questions for How to Read Literature Like a Professor. Note to students: These short writing assignments will let you practice your literary analysis and they will help me get to know you and your literary tastes. Whenever I ask for an example from literature, you may use short stories, novels, plays, or films (Yes, film is a literary genre). If your literary repertoire is thin and undeveloped, use the Appendix to jog your memory or to select additional works to explore. At the very least, watch some of the “Movies to Read” that are listed on pages 318-320. Please note that your responses should be paragraphs -- not pages!
Even though this is analytical writing, you may use “I” if you deem it important to do so; remember, however, that most uses of “I” are just padding. For example, “I think the wolf is the most important character in ‘Little Red Ridinghood’” is padded. As you compose each written response, re-phrase the prompt as part of your answer. In other words, I should be able to tell which question you are answering without referring back to the prompts.
Concerning mechanics, pay special attention to pronouns. Make antecedents clear. Say Foster first; not “he.” Remember to capitalize and punctuate titles properly for each genre.
Purchase and read Octavia Butler’s Kindred. Since this will be your copy, you should feel free to annotate it in the margins!
In a 2 -3 page typed double spaced essay written in 12 pt Times New Roman font, answer one of following prompts for Kindred:
Some works of literature use the element of time in a distinct way. The chronological sequence of events may be altered, or time may be suspended or accelerated. Choose a novel, an epic, or a play of recognized literary merit and show how the author’s manipulation of time contributes to the effectiveness of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot.
In great literature, no scene of violence exists for its own sake. Choose a work of literary merit that confronts the reader or audience with a scene or scenes of violence. In a well-organized essay, explain how the scene or scenes contribute to the meaning of the complete work. Avoid plot summary.
Purchase and read Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Since this will be your copy, you should feel free to annotate it in the margins! Consider one or both of the films Bladerunner (1982) and Bladerunner 2049 (2017). In what ways do these films work with and against the characterization and themes suggested by the novel that inspired them?
In a 2 -3 page typed double spaced essay written in 12 pt Times New Roman font, answer one of following prompts for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: A critic has said that one important measure of a superior work of literature is its ability to produce in the reader a healthy confusion of pleasure and disquietude. Select a literary work that produces this “healthy confusion.” Write an essay in which you explain the sources of the “pleasure and disquietude” experienced by the readers of the work.
Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender, race, class, or creed. Choose a novel or a play in which such a character plays a significant role and show how that character’s alienation reveals the surrounding society’s assumptions or moral values.
*In-class Essay: You will write an essay about Kindred or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep on Friday September 7th. I will announce which text you are writing about on the day of the assessment and you will respond to a selected AP prompt from a released exam.
Choose a text of literary merit and read it independently by Monday October 1st.
Here are some suggestions:
A Thousand Splendid SunsKhalid Hosseini, Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Adichie, God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Love in the Time of Cholera By Gabriel Garcia Marquez, HomegoingYaa Gyasi, The Blind Assasin Margaret Atwood, The RoadCormac McCarthy, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Known World by Edward P. Jones, Ruby by Cynthia Bond Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li , The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Amigolandby Oscar Casares, Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, Blindness by Jose Saramago, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward,BrownGirl, Brownstones Paule Marshall, Brave New WorldAldous Huxley, Persepolis Marjane Satrapi, The Street Ann Petry, The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros, 1984by George Orwell, All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Belovedby Toni Morrison, Billy Budd by Herman Melville, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, King Lear by William Shakespeare, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
Context Essay: Write a process paper that places the work in its context by examining one of the following topics in a 500 word essay. WORKS CITED: You must include MLA-formatted citations to indicate the source of your information. This includes parenthetical, in-text citations, as well as a properly formatted works cited page with at least 2 sources listed. You may not use Wikipedia, SparkNotes, or Shmoop as a major source. You may use those sites, instead, to direct you to sources.
A. Report on the author and discuss how this work reflects his/her style, themes, or genre.
B. Discuss how the work reflects the literary time period in which it was written.
C. Discuss how the story reflects the values and concerns of the historical time period in which it was set.
D. Read and discuss one critical literary essay written about your work, making sure to comment on an analysis that made you think more deeply about the work. Submit a copy of the literary essay with your packet.