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Literature &Composition (12AP) 2016

12 Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition

Summer Reading Assignment

(2016-2017)


Required Texts:

  • Thomas Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

  • Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Note: We strongly recommend that you purchase the Folger Library edition of Macbeth.  You will find this edition most helpful and most accurate.

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Required Texts:

  • Thomas Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

  • William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

(Note: We strongly recommend that you purchase the Folger Library edition of Macbeth.  You will find this edition most helpful and most accurate.)


Course Overview:

Throughout the course of the school year, we will be reading, analyzing, and interpreting complex pieces of literature.  Our study of literature will consist of various genres, literary movements, social contexts, and writing styles.  We will also study the various schools of thought known as literary criticism.  These theories will help to shape our own ways of looking at and understanding literature; thus, we will become more attentive, insightful, and analytical readers and writers.  


Assignment:

We will begin our studies this summer with the great playwright, William Shakespeare, as well as the contemporary author, Thomas Foster.  Your assignment is to BOTH READ and ANNOTATE William Shakespeare's Macbeth and Thomas Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor.  We recommend that you read Foster's text first, as it will help you to think more critically about Macbeth.


Learning Outcomes:

Upon return of the school year, you will participate in class activities and lessons and complete assignments pertaining to both texts.  You will also take a TEST that will assess your understanding of the text(s).  


Happy Reading!  Enjoy the Great Literature!


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If at any time during the summer you encounter a difficulty, a question, a concern, or would just like to say hello, you may contact us at decaro@wsps.org or garner@wsps.org


We look forward to meeting you all in the fall.  Have a great summer!

                                                     ~Mrs. DeCaro & Mr. Garner