Advanced Placement: English Language & Composition
Summer Reading 2016-2017
The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to substitute for a college composition course. Because of this, the expectation is that you develop evidence-based analytical and argumentative essays and that you evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support written arguments. Also,throughout the course, you will evaluate exemplary writings and strive toward developing your own personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Lastly, you will read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text , from many disciplines and historical periods.
*as taken from The College Board course description
The summer reading project is designed to engage you with preliminary reading and practice with non-fiction and fictional text. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENTS BELOW AND TO SUBMIT THEM ON THE FIRST DAY. All work should be done electronically, in a Google Document and shared with your teacher. You will need to purchase the full length novels, but the short reading articles will be provided via hyperlink on this web page.
ASSIGNMENT FOR INVISIBLE MAN
Read the novel Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Be sure to read the novel completely as you will be given a comprehension test upon your return to school. Throughout the course, this novel will be referred to for many learning activities.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THANK YOU FOR ARGUING
Read the selected chapters from Thank You for Arguing, by Jay Heinrichs (purchase the revised & update edition).
For each of the six sections:
(quotes, passages typed)
ASSIGNMENT FOR ESSAY READINGS:
Read each listed essay. Each has a provided web link to access the text.
1. Eighner, Lars: “On Dumpster Diving”
2. Mairs, Nancy: “On Being a Cripple”
3. McMurty, John: “Kill ‘Em! Crush ‘Em! Eat ‘Em Raw”
4. Holt, John: “How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading”
5. Twain, Mark: “Advice to Youth”
For each essay,you must complete the following :
being discussed. Cite 2-3 provocative quotations to support your reaction.
THE RETURN TO SCHOOL
You will respond to a prompt that asks you to synthesize one of the assigned essays and Heinrich’s Thank You for Arguing.
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