Summer Reading

Pace yourself!  There’s a good bit here, but it’s not painful–I promise :).

Below the student independent novel choices on this page, you will find the entire AP LIT SUMMER 2017 ASSIGNMENTS.


Write the title of the novel you would like to read from the MOST FREQUENTLY CITED NOVELS FROM 1970-2014 BY CLICKING THE NOVEL CHOICES ICON IN THE MENU BAR AND COMPLETING THE FORM.  WRITE THE TITLE IN THE COMMENT BOX.  FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE IN SELECTION!  Each time a student chooses a novel, I will place it on this page under SNOOZE YOU LOSE heading below).  GO!cropped-woman-reading-book-while-in-hammock.jpgSNOOZE…YOU LOSE!

The Invisible Man – Aulora

Wuthering Heights – Shelby

Crime and Punishment – Kenzie

The Scarlet Letter – Zoe

Heart of Darkness – Hayley

Light in August – Laney


Welcome to AP Literature and Composition! We are going to venture into the world of fiction from across the world and across time periods. It should be an exciting ride!

In order to prepare for the rigors of our upcoming year in AP Literature, you will need to keep your brains active and thinking critically this summer. Outlined below are three assignments you will need to complete and turn in on August 17.

Assignment One: FLASH…cards – that is!

I have done the hardest work for you. You have a handout of 90 important literary terms and devices you will be searching for, describing, equating to, and discussing this year in AP Lit. I have even provided you with condensed, no nonsense, non-superfluous definitions. ALL you have to do is write the word on one side of a flash card and the definition on the back, BUT write the definition at the top back, leaving room for an example or two throughout the year. And I have a gift for you: a handy, dandy, cute, and useful index card notebook…JUST FOR YOU! 
Assignment Two: The Books!

There are basically two parts to the AP Literature Summer Reading Assignment. FIRST, read chapters 1, 3, 10, 11, 19, 21, & 25 of How to Read Literature Like a Professor. (If you love it SO much, (like I do) you may read the WHOLE book, but we will read/reread throughout the year.)
Using quotations from both texts – How to Read Literature… and The Great Gatsby – answer the question accompanying the quotation. This should be a well‐written discussion of the message Foster is expressing in How to Read Literature Like a Professor and the message the author is expressing in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Make sure you label which question you are answering!

See FOSTER assignment sheet below.
(You may decide you like this book so much that you want to purchase your own personal copy for forever that you can take notes in=ISBN 978-0-06-000942-7). We will be using this book ALL year, so make sure you keep and TAKE CARE OF the copy you receive at our Summer Assignment meeting. You will apply what you have learned from this text as you read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

SECOND, you will choose ONE of the books from the attached list: Most Frequently Cited Books in AP Lit Exam 1970-2014, and complete a MAJOR WORKS DATA SHEET for that novel; see attached.
You will notice that each of these books has a number preceding the book; this number indicates how many times over the last 50 years each book has been cited on the AP Lit Exam. While you may choose any book you would like to read, I STRONGLY advise that you choose a book that has a high number in front of it…8 or higher. This does not assure you that that novel will be on next year’s exam, but the odds are decent that it WILL appear on the exam somewhere.
THE CATCH: Only one student in the class can read a particular novel…no two students can read the same book. As SOON as you know which book you want to read, COMMENT WITH THE BOOK’S TITLE AND AUTHOR AT: under the comment box on page heading NOVEL CHOICES. You may NOT read any of the highlighted novels/plays on the list, and you must choose from the novel list, not the drama or Greek Classic list.
Take the time to really look up and carefully work on all parts of the MAJOR WORKS DATA SHEET; you will construct MANY of these this year!
When you return to school in August, you will present copies of your DATA SHEET to each member of the class and lead an informational learning session on your novel; this will include a ppt presentation of your making.
1. Read Chapters 1, 3, 10, 11, 19, 21, & 25 of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and take notes throughout. Then, read The Great Gatsby. Prior to reading Gatsby, read each of the questions/quotations below and take copious notes on these items as you read the novel.
1. Every Trip is a Quest (Chapter One): ― “The real reason for a quest is always self­knowledge” (Foster 3). In the novel, what is the quest? Choose a character and explain how he/she gains self‐ knowledge.
2. It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow (Chapter Ten): ―“It’s never just rain” (Foster 75). Choose a scene where weather or the environment is more than what it seems and explain the significance.
3. Geography Matters (Chapter 19): ­ “Geography in literature…can be revelatory of virtually any element in the work. Theme? Sure. Symbol? No problem. Plot? Without a doubt” (Foster 166).
Pay special attention to the geography in the novel and explain its importance to the story, the characters, and the message the author is sending to his readers.
4. Marked for Greatness (Chapter 21): ―“How many stories do you know in which the hero is different from everyone else in some way. . .” (Foster 195).
Who is the hero in the novel? How do you know he/she is the hero? Is there a visible, physical difference between the hero and other characters? Why would this be important?
5. Don’t Read With Your Eyes (Chapter 25): ― “…take the works as they were intended to be taken…” (Foster 228).
Choose a quote that reflects the overall meaning of the work. What did you glean from this reading experience?
6. Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires (Chapter 3): ― “Sometimes the really scary bloodsuckers are entirely human” (Foster 18).
Which character in the book can function as a vampire type character and why? How does this effect the novel as a whole?
7. …More than It’s Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence (Chapter 11): ― “…in literature, though, while it is literal, is usually also something else” (Foster 88).
Choose a scene that depicts an act of violence and pay special attention to the details. Why did Fitzgerald choose this particular form of violence? Explain what it could mean in the larger meaning of the book – thematically, symbolically, or contextually?
8. It’s All Political (Chapter 13): ― “…keep refusing to behave, to submit to convention, to act in a way that conforms to expectations, even expectations of other nonconformists” (Foster 111).
How can the novel be considered political in a literary sense? How does this level of interpretation add to the overall message Fitzgerald is relating?

You are in this class because I BELIEVE you will GET it…you are intelligent…you are wise beyond your years…you are an incredible writer…and I can’t wait to share this class with you! 

Have a wonderful summer, and remember I’m only a text or a question on my website away!!!
Mrs. Taylor