AP English Language and Composition by NLCP


									North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School
1615 South Christiana, Chicago, Illinois 60623

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English Department

1 June 2007 Dear 2007-2008 AP English Language Student, It will again be my pleasure to work with you. Your progress this school year promises exponential progress next year! (If you are joining AP English for the first time, you will be assigned a mentor, another student who will help guide you through the summer exercise and throughout the next school year.) In order to begin with us on the first day of class in August, you must complete the following exercise. This exercise will become your first graded assignment of the 2007-2008 school year.  Read and take critical notes on The Road by Cormac McCarthy, view and take critical notes on Princess Mononoke, a film by the acclaimed Japanese director Hiyao Miyazaki, and view and take critical notes on one selected piece of visual art (you choose — a painting, sculpture, tapestry, costume, mural, stained glass, etc.; be certain to write down the title, artist’s name, and year) at The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue. [Please note: while Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 throughout the year are free at The Art Institute, at other times the
fee for adults is $12, the fee for children, students, and seniors is $7, and children under 12 are free. You may take photographs if the selected piece is from the permanent collection and you use existing light, on condition that the photographs are for personal, noncommercial use. Flashes, tripods, and video cameras are prohibited.]


Then, you are to create a typed AP-style prompt, essay, and rubric that weave together your most thoughtful synthesis of all three works of art — the novel, the film, and the piece of visual art. Attach all drafts with your, and others’, editing notes; also, attach your critical notes.

Summer can be nature’s time for re-imagining ourselves. I encourage you to use this summer exercise and the rest of your summer to do just that — to re-imagine yourself, your possibilities, as you enter one of the critical times of your young life, Senior year. With best wishes for your summer,

Barry McRaith English Teacher

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