1) RESEARCH THE RHETORICAL SITUATION!
First, buy a composition book (like this, not spiral bound or other) for your quote and other summer journaling. Label/date everything you write! Now, you can start your assignment...
Next, visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab to read/take notes in your composition book/study a few of the entries under "The Rhetorical Situation":
Treat each of these links as chapters (they're very short!) in a text. Take careful notes in your comp books. Pay special attention to c) "Aristotle's Rhetorical Situation," and be able to define and apply the concepts of logos/pathos/ethos. These notes should be the FIRST entries in your AP Language composition book! (This OWL section contains a few more "chapters" -- "Text," "Author and Audience," "Purposes," "Setting" -- that we'll explore as a class during the year.)
Next, download the file below. You are going to make 3x5 flashcards (please use actual CARDS) for each term (although, note that a few of the terms are lumped together -- there are 36 terms, but you should only have 33 cards).
RHETORICAL DEVICES FLASHCARD MODEL:
#18 anadiplosis / conduplicatio
2) READ In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.
and ANNOTATE: See the link below, so that we're in agreement on annotation; both texts must be annotated and annotated thoroughly and well, which will make the next part of the assignment a breeze. Annotations are not random, meaningless scribbles that you return to the books to make. Rather, think of annotations as conversations that you carry on with the texts DURING the reading. This should enhance, not detract from the reading. If you're distracted, you may be annotating too much, or not meaningfully. You may need to read twice. Re-reading is a good thing.
Read/annotate Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder (2004)
*Check out this link so that we're all on the same page with what "annotating" a text means. I'm not asking for chapter notes or a dialectical journal -- but a meaningful "conversation" between you and the texts. This requires that you mark in the text; if you're using library books, use sticky notes. But in an ideal world, you're working with your OWN copy of the books, copies you are free to mark up!
FYI: Speaking of reading, here are some additional titles to consider should you find yourself with time to read this summer. You'll be reading off a list (on which these and more titles appear) ALL year (2014-15) for your independent reading requirement, so this is a great time to get a head start:
Keep a "quote journal" for both texts (you can mix and match or dedicate one section of pages to each text). First, divide your page into two columns. Next, return to the text, review your annotations, and copy from your annotated texts into your composition books at least 15* quotes (from each book -- you'll have a total of 30*, at least!) -- moments from text that you underlined, highlighted, or otherwise flagged as remarkable. Sometimes quotes are dialogue; more often, they're not. Simply, find moments of fine, powerful, effective writing and reproduce those moments, in your own handwriting, in your comp book (left column). *updated 5/23/16
Then, in the right column, next to each quote, list any/all rhetorical devices and/or literary terms (from the flashcards or your own knowledge of/experience with literary analysis terms) that you find in each quote. Strive for a variety of devices/terms. ALSO, identify and explain Truman Captoe and Tracy Kidder using elements of logos, pathos, and ethos!
Example (this is a LONG quote; yours may range in length):
Summer Assignment 2016 - AP English Language & Composition
Hi! Welcome to our class web site's summer assignment page. First, download and print the document below ("AP Lang Summer Assignment 2016"). Read over the document and the information here on this page below. Sign and return the second page of the document to me by Friday, May 20, in room 503. You must return it in person; please don't send it with a friend. See you soon!