AP World Lit Summer Reading


Edina High School AP World Literature Summer Reading Assignment

“Every person who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant and interesting.” - Aldous Huxley

AP World Literature is a full-year course for seniors reading, writing and thinking at the college (Advanced Placement) level. Through significant, college-level reading in all genres (fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry), multi-modal writing, class discussions, research, and the creation of their own pieces of literature, students will develop their proficiency as clear thinkers, readers, writers and speakers. Literature will be used as the means to examine historical, as well as current ideas regarding essential questions of what it means to be human and what it means to be a contributing member of the global community. In addition to their focus in these areas, students will prepare for the AP English Literature and Language exams.

While summer is a time to have fun, relax, and enjoy friends and family, it’s also a great time for reading and reflection.  Summer reading will help you build on the skills you have developed at Edina High School We also hope to cultivate a love of reading that will keep you moving from one book to the next.

To that end, we ask that you read one or more books this summer of your choosing.  When selecting your reading, consider both fiction and nonfiction, and books that appropriately challenge your current reading abilities and endurance. Students often tell us that they wish that they could simply go to a bookstore or a library to select books to read for class. This summer reading assignment is an opportunity to do just that! During the first week of school you will introduce yourself through a book or books that you read this summer. You won’t need to write an essay about the book, so, really, use this opportunity to read any book--even one that you got as a gift years ago and never got around to reading.

If you are having trouble choosing books, perhaps your friends, parents, grandparents or an older sibling could offer suggestions.  If you want to focus your reading on AP books, here’s the list of AP Literature books. Again, do not feel that you need to select from this list.

We are extremely excited at the prospect of spending the school year exploring the world and enjoying literature with you!


Sally Larkins and Jackie Roehl