Eleventh Grade ap english Language and Composition Summer Reading Assignment Peekskill High School

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Eleventh Grade AP English Language and Composition

Summer Reading Assignment -- Peekskill High School
Next year you will be provided with enriching challenges in reading, thinking, and writing as a student in AP English Language and Composition. Students who demonstrate mastery through achieving a qualifying score on the AP Language and Composition Exam may receive college credit and/or accelerated placement in undergraduate school.
You must complete the attached assignments by Friday, September 12. . All work must be typed. Use 12 point font and 1.5 space your work. Also, you will be tested on your outside reading at some point during the month of September.
A word of warning: copying assignments from a friend or the Internet is plagiarism. Read the novels and do the work yourself. Be sure to pace yourself and work on this assignment during July and August, as leaving all of the work until the end of the summer will lead to low-quality work and heavy stress. If you are not willing to put the time in this summer, then the heavy workload of an AP course will be a problem all year.
I am looking forward to an exciting year of reading, writing, and learning! -- Mr. Newby
Assignment # 1: Read THREE books during the summer. At least one of the works must be an asterisked text (AP list).

Quick Reads

Looking for Alaska coming-of-age, conformity, false appearances John Green 221 pgs.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother loyalty, friendship, urban dwelling Walter Dean Myers 224 pgs.

Keeping the Moon body image, acceptance, coming-of-age Sarah Dessen 256 pgs.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian race, family issues Sherman Alexie 288 pgs.

Home of the Braves family issues, conformity David Klass 312 pgs.

*Bless Me Ultima coming of age, Chicano literature, religion Rudulfo Anaya 272 pgs.
Middle of-the-Road Reads

*Bodega Dreams reliving the past, urban dwelling, ethnicity, religion Ernesto Quinonez 224 pgs.

The Catcher in the Rye coming- of-age, alienation, pretentiousness J.D. Salinger 224pgs.

*The Things They Carried Vietnam war, redemption Tim O’Brien 256pgs

The Lovely Bones coming-of-age, processing grief Alice Sebold 328 pgs.

*The Color of Water race, understanding the past, identity James McBride 352 pgs.

*The Great Gatsby American dream, disillusion, social classes F. Scott Fitzgerald 240 pgs.

*The Kite Runner Afghani culture, war, redemption Khaled Hosseini 384 pgs.

*Slaughterhouse Five World War II, science fiction, processing grief Kurt Vonnegut 224 pgs.

*Their Eyes Were Watching God race, gender roles, identity Zora Neale Hurston 240pgs.
Challenging Contemporaries & Classics

A Confederacy of Dunces false charity, intellectual comedy John Kennedy Toole 416pgs.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest paranoia, psychiatric issues, conformity Ken Kesey 336pgs.

The Bluest Eye race, beauty Toni Morrison 224pgs.

*The Blind Side sports, race, social classes Michael Lewis 352pgs.

*Tortilla Curtain American dream, immigration, inequality T.C. Boyle 368 pgs.

The Fountainhead the importance of individualism, objectivism Ayn Rand 720pgs.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking decision making, instincts Malcolm Gladwell 296 pgs.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 315 pgs.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Sean Covey 288 pgs.

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century Thomas Friedman 488 pgs

Assignment # 2: “Quotes and Notes”

Respond to each book through “Quotes and Notes” journal entries. For each book, record ten crucial passages, and then develop your own response explaining why the passage is important.

Choose the passages based on the following guidelines:

    1. Discuss two passages that describe the main character;

    2. Discuss two passages that reveal the setting and establish the mood;

  1. Discuss two passages that develop the plot (exposition, conflict, climax, resolution);

  2. Discuss two passages that communicate the theme;

  3. Discuss two passages in order to develop a Text-to Self, Text-to-Text, and/or Text-to-World Connections


Note/ Response

  • Cite a passage from the novel here, in quotation marks. Identify the page number.

  • Analyze the passage according to a, b, c, d, or e above (clearly identify).

  • Use complete sentences and thoroughly explain the significance of the passage.

Non-fiction “Quotes and Notes”: Respond to 10 passages that stand out as being particularly important. Identify and discuss the author’s most relevant, compelling, and essential observations, as well as some of his/her most effective methods of supporting and developing those observations. Engage with the text through first summarizing, but then be sure to make connections to the world and your life.

Assignment # 3: Getting to Know the AP Exam

  • Purchase 5 Steps to a 5: AP English Language (most recent edition)

  • Read chapters 1, 2, and the glossary of terms (in back).

  • Complete Diagnostic Exam/ Session One (multiple choice questions): Record your answers to all MC questions. Score your exam.

  • Complete 2 of the essays (your choice from the 3) from Diagnostic Exam/ Session Two (essay questions)

  • Please note: This is a diagnostic exam! Don’t worry about getting every question correct; just take it to begin getting acquainted with the AP exam.

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