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).
Looking for Alaskacoming-of-age, conformity, false appearances John Green 221 pgs.
Autobiography of My Dead Brotherloyalty, friendship, urban dwelling Walter Dean Myers 224 pgs.
Keeping the Moonbody image, acceptance, coming-of-age Sarah Dessen 256 pgs.
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.