AP Literature Honors English 12
2009 Summer Reading Assignments
Mrs. Jacqueline Ludka
Welcome to Advanced Placement Literature and Composition! Below is a list of
your summer reading novels and a description of the assignments to accompany
your reading. AP Literature is an intensive reading and writing course which will
not only prepare you for the AP exam in May of 2010 but will also prepare your
literacy skills for your future college endeavors.
It is expected that AP Literature students exhibit the highest critical and analytical
skills in their work. Therefore, take your time with the summer reading and
assignments and be sure to not only comprehend the works under study but also to
interpret and analyze them as well.
If you need to contact me regarding any questions you have about your summer
assignments you can do so via email under the following conditions. Identify
yourself by full name in the subject bar. If you do not identify yourself, I will not
reply. I can be reached at Ludka.Jacqueline@pvbears.org throughout the summer.
I check it almost daily except for the weeks of July 21-29 and August 11-16. I will
not be available during those times.
Before the end of the school year, you will need to provide me with your email
address. I will use this email to send you an invitation to join the Google group for
the class, where you must log in to respond to and post discussions throughout the
summer. You must respond to at least one discussion question per novel as well as
post one question per novel for credit. This requirement must be completed by the
start of the school year. Any posts after the first day of school will not count for
All written work must be turned in ELECTRONICALLY to me by Thursday,
September 3rd 2:35pm. Any work submitted after this date and time will not be
accepted. I will not accept printed papers. All work must be electronic!
Acceptable Forms of Electronic Submission:
1. email (request read receipt)
2. CD/Jump Drive
3. work placed on my desktop (school computer) as a
folder labeled with your name
Your Reading List
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (obtain a copy for the semester; not required
reading for the summer)
1. Using your copy of How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C.
Foster, identify 7 principles Foster discusses within The Bonesetter’s
Daughter and explain how those principles help reveal the theme of Tan’s
novel. Be sure to identify the theme of the novel and quote from the text
within your paper.
Length: 3 -5 pages typed
MLA format (include a Works Cited)
2. Choose one of the two statements below and write a persuasive essay. Be
sure to include quotes.
a. "Mary Shelley in Frankenstein clearly comes down on the side of
nurture in the Nature-versus-Nurture controversy." Attack or defend.
b. "Victor Frankenstein and the monster share the same personality.
Like father, like son." Attack or defend.
Length: 3-5 pages typed
MLA Format (Include a Works Cited)
3. Keep a Reader’s Response journal while reading Always Looking Up: The
Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. A Reader’s Response journal contains
reflections upon the readings but also connections from the reading to
oneself, the world/society at large, and other texts. Your journal must show
these connections as well as contain general responses to the text. Be sure to
quote from the book in your journal as well.
Length: 3-5 pages typed
MLA Format (Include Works Cited)