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Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

Summer Reading Assignment 2017/18


Congratulations on your decision to take the AP Language and Composition class!


For information on the English Language & Composition course and test, go to:


Due to the fact that this is a collegiate level class, you will be required to purchase/borrow some of the text resources from outside the school. Please try to get your own copies so you can annotate the text.


If you are having issues finding the books, or you cannot afford to purchase the books, please email me EARLY and I will figure out a way to ensure you get the readings. Please note the ISBN number so that we all get the same copies.




1.      PART ONE:

·         Select Two AP recommended books

·         Annotate with sticky notes adhered to the pages

·         Keep a word journal

2.      PART TWO:

·         Select one biography

·         Annotate with sticky notes adhered to the pages

·         Create a list of 10-15 interview questions based on your selected political figure to use during an expert interview


Due Dates:

·         Word Journals are due on the first day of school

·         Interview Questions are due in November

·         All summer reading should be completed over the summer since you will have a lot of required reading and work during the semester


Because you are asked to read, analyze, explain, and interpret the items we are reading in the course of the year, it is important that you do not substitute Schmoop, Spark Notes, or other summaries or condensations, nor should you rely on the movie versions of the books, since they are often different.


Be sure to begin summer reading early in order to complete the assignments on time.


Be prepared for writing/quizzes/tests on any of the books read this summer (keeping a good journal would be very helpful for your tests and/or quizzes)!!



As you read your two summer reading novels, keep a journal of words that are new to you, interesting to you, or are used in a context that is new to you. You should

1. List the word

2. Copy the sentence for context

3. Summarize the definition


You should have at least 30 words per book



STICKY NOTE ANNOTATIONS, you have several ways to respond to a text:

 Raise questions about the beliefs and values implied in the text

 Give your personal reactions to the passage

 Discuss the words, ideas, or actions of the author or a character

 Tell what it reminds you of from your own experiences

 Write about what it makes you think or feel

 Argue with or speak to the character or author




AP Recommended for Summer Reading


Select 1 novel from this section:

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote ISBN-10: 0679745580/ISBN-13: 978-0679745587

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson ISBN-10: 0618249060/ISBN-13: 978-0618249060

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell ISBN-10: 0316017930/ISBN-13: 978-0141036250

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Soldier Boy by Ishmael Beah ISBN-10: 0374531269/ISBN-13: 978-0374531263

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris ISBN-13: 978-0316010795

Escape by Carolyn Jessop ISBN-13: 978-0767927574

The Innocent Man by John Grisham ISBN · 978-0-385-51723-2

Freakonomics by Malcolm Gladwell ISBN-13: 978-0060731335


Select 1 novel from this section:

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Utopia by Thomas More 1984 by George Orwell

As I Lay Dying by Faulkner

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand





You will use this text to interview an expert on the political personality of your choice as well as using this text as a lens to analyze the hit Broadway play “Hamilton”.


Washington: A Lift by Ron Chernow ISBN-10: 0143119966/ISBN-13: 978-0143119968

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham ISBN-10: 0812979486/ISBN-13: 978-0812979480

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow ISBN-10: 0143034758/ISBN-13: 978-0143034759