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One of the best activities you can engage in to prepare for not only these and other English classes, but also the A.C.T. exam, other tests, and other subjects - indeed to improve your critical thinking and breadth of perspective in general - is to READ DAILY. 

But not just anything, as Faber tells Montag in Fahrenheit 451, "...[Literary media has] quality...To mean it means texture, [it] has pores. It has features, [it] can go under a microscope. You'd find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper."  

Sophomores need to read every day for 20 minutes to half an hour minimum, and seniors need to read about 40 minutes to an hour daily.

AP English Students, please see the note (below):

I don't issue an assigned list of summer readings for AP students. 

As a class, we will read Frankenstein, Taming of the Shrew, Pygmalion, 1984, and portions of Outliers, Paradise Lost, and more I have yet to decide, so perhaps save those to read and discuss with the class

The most important thing is to spend some time reading daily, including some "fun" summer reading amongst the greats (I'm reading William Shakespeare's Star Wars), and include some poetry too; remember, the more you read it, the easier and more comprehensible it gets. You could subscribe to Writer's Almanac for example as a way to start integrating poetry in to your reading or subscribe to Shakespeare's sonnet-a-day and just read it every day, and then read it again, maybe a few times, but without necessarily worrying about analysis or complete comprehension. 

Reading daily, both literature and non-fiction (e.g., literary quality non-fiction like Freakonomics, the biography of Alexander Hamilton, or Frederick Douglass's or Harriet Jacobs's autobiographical writing) helps improve not only overall reading comprehension, but vocabulary, analysis, the ability to make inferences, synthesize, and personal and analytical composition as well. All that being said, rigidly enforcing a reading habit can sometimes be counter-productive as it turns it in to a chore and creates resentment. So both the selection of reading material and the pace at which one accomplishes it - with some goals in mind - should be up to you, consistent, and reasonable. Better to read half an hour or more daily than 3 hours every Saturday. Both are good if you're a regular reader already. Just don't start the year burned out. 

The most important dispositions I hope for in students are intrinsic desires to read and read closely, to communicate through writing in a sophisticated, collegiate voice, and to improve both those skill sets and more. So whatever fosters an intrinsic love of reading and learning should guide the expectations and challenges without being overwhelming.
 
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