AP English Language and Composition
Summer Reading Assignment
Welcome to APE! You are about to begin a course unlike any other English class you have taken. Before beginning your summer reading assignment, you must revisit your ideas about critical reading. Follow the link below to the site “Critical Reading of an Essay’s Argument.” While this site focuses on finding the central argument of an essay, the strategies suggested will benefit your reading of any text. Please annotate the article and have it on the first day of class. (Link: http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/reading_basic.html)
Your reading assignment for the summer consists of two works: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and a work of your choice from an approved list. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be lent to you by the school; buy or borrow the non-fiction. You will need the work of nonfiction once or twice the first month of school.
For Huck Finn, you will keep a journal of 15 entries. The assignment is to be structured as follows:
1. Head your page:
2. Complete one entry for every three chapters (fifteen entries total). 3.
Each entry should be numbered.
Each entry is to be preceded by the quote, typed in boldface, which has inspired the entry, and should be followed by the page number on which the quote appears. The page number should be in parentheses and the period ending the sentence follows the parentheses. 5.
Label the type of response in boldface parentheses.
4 entries will focus on the characterization of a certain character. Please refer to specific sections of the passage provided in your discussion of character. •
4 entries will focus on a theme you have identified in the novel. Remember that a single word is not a theme (i.e. ‘friendship’). •
4 entries will focus on specific vocabulary that has commanded your attention. The word will contribute to character or theme. •
3 entries will describe your personal reaction to the passage you have chosen. 6.
Responses are to be a full paragraph in length (six to eight sentences). An example follows.
While Twain’s work is fiction, underlying the tale of Huck and Jim are several arguments about the society in which they live. Be sure to apply the techniques discussed in the article to your reading.
#1. “You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth” (1).
(Characterization)—the narrator of the novel is Huckleberry Finn, a semiliterate adolescent boy. Huck’s lack of education is evident in this passage’s use of grammatical errors such as “without you have read” and “ain’t.” Huck specifically comments on Twain’s telling “the truth” in the story of Tom Sawyer. His narration emphasizes the believability of children, who can be relied upon to see people and events clearly. Although Twain is the ‘author,’ and an adult, he too can be depended upon. The reader can look forward to some outlandish plot devices, as there are “things which [Twain] stretched,” but his story is meant to teach readers a moral lesson.
The above format must be followed exactly.
This type of journal will force you to look at elements of characterization and theme through diction while allowing you to interact with the text, expressing your ideas and opinions. There are no ‘right’ journal responses; entries will be graded on your effort and thought.
The font should be Times New Roman and the size, 12. The page margins should be one inch. All journals should be neatly stapled and are due on the first day of class.
AP Language – Independent Choice Reading List
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