Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
Outside Reading Books (ORBs) & Summer Reading Instructions- 2010-2011 Patrice Norris- Instructor
READ THIS HANDOUT VERY CAREFULLY BECAUSE THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE QUITE SPECIFIC
All AP Literature students are required to read How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. You will refer to this book throughout the year. The book is very entertaining and very informative as an introduction to studying motifs and patterns in literature. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK BEFORE READING THE TWO NOVELS!
Viewing and writing assignment for HTRLLAP:
The following 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 293-294. Please note that your responses should be paragraphs- not pages! The complete product should be five typed pages.
Even though this is analytical writing, you may use ”I” if you deem it important to do so. As you compose each written response, rephrase 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 prompt.
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.
Respond to twelve (12) of the following prompts concerning the chapters of HTRLLAP:
How’d He Do That?
How do memory, symbol, and pattern affect the reading of literature? How does the recognition of patterns make it easier to read complicated literature? Discuss a time when your appreciation of a literary work was enhanced by understanding symbol and pattern.
Chapter 1- Every Trip is a Quest (Except When It’s Not)
List the five aspects of the QUEST and then apply them to something you have read (or viewed) in the form on pages 3-5.
Chapter 2- Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion
Choose a meal from a literary work and apply the ideas of Chapter 2 to this literary depiction.
Chapter 3- Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires
What are the essentials of the Vampire story? Apply this to a literary work you have read or viewed.
Chapter 4- If It’s Square, It’s a Sonnet
Select three sonnets and show which form they are. Discuss how their content reflects the form. (Submit copies of the sonnets, marked to show your analysis.
Chapter 5- Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?
Define intertextuality. Discuss three examples that helped you in reading specific works.
Chapter 6- When in Doubt, It’s From Shakespeare…
Discuss a work that you are familiar with that alludes to or reflects Shakespeare. Show how the author uses this connection thematically. Read pages 44-46 carefully. In these pages, Foster shows how Fugard reflects Shakespeare through plot and theme. In your discussion, focus on theme.
Chapter 7-…Or the Bible
Read “Araby” by James Joyce (available on-line). Discuss Biblical allusions that Foster does not mention. Look at the example of the “Two great jars.” Be creative and imaginative in these connections.
Chapter 8- Hanseldee and Greteldum
Think of a work of literature that reflects a fairy tale. Discuss the parallels. Does it create irony or deepen appreciation?
Chapter 9- It’s Greek to Me
Write a free verse derived or inspired by characters or situations from Greek mythology. Be prepared to share your poem with the class. You can consult online sites to classical mythology.
Chapter 10- It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow
Discuss the importance of weather...
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