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					North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School                                                        (773) 542.1490
1615 South Christiana, Chicago, Illinois 60623                                                      Fax (773) 542.1492
                                                 English Department

1 May 2012

Dear 2012-2013 AP English Language and Composition Student,

We very much look forward to working with you!

In order to begin with us on the first day of class in August, you must complete the following exercise. Start
early: the Critical Reading Journal (CRJ) and your essay will become your first two graded assignments of the
2012-2013 school year!

In your Critical Reading Journal:

1) Choose a short story at East of the Web Short Stories, http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-
   stories/indexframe.html. Print the story. Read the story. Please bring your copy with you on the first days of
   school in August.
2) Using a Critical Reading Journal (CRJ), take critical notes on the story. Take careful, thorough notes. As a
   rule of thumb, takes notes at least once per page of your short story. The CRJ should be a new, not used,
   notebook that will become your CRJ next school year; pay particular attention to the diction, syntax, and
   imagery that the author uses.
3) Select from any of these approved theaters — The Gene Siskel Film Center
   (http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/); Facets Multimedia (http://www.facets.org/pages/cinematheque.php);
   The Music Box Theater (http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/); or The Landmark Theatres
   (http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/Chicago/Chicago_Frameset.htm). View and take critical notes in
   the CRJ on a film of your choice. Pay close attention to the small things that the director does to create
   his/her main idea. Staple the theater ticket stub to your CRJ pages.
4) Visit “The Modern Wing” of the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue
   (http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/exhibitions/modernwing/overview). 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). Examine the small things that the artist does
   to create his/her main idea. [Please note: The Art Institute is free the first and second Wednesday of every
   month; at other times, the fee for adults is $18, the fee for children, students, and seniors is $12, and
   children under 14 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.] Staple the museum ticket stub to your CRJ pages.

In your Essay

    Then, you are to create a typed AP-style essay that weaves together your most thoughtful synthesis of all
    three works of art — the short story, the film, and the piece of modern visual art. Attach all drafts, including
    your and others’ editing notes of the drafts. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and in Times New
    Roman 12-point font. As with any assignment, your work must be original — not plagiarized. In August,
    you will be asked to submit your essay to Turnitin.com. (See the attached essay structure.)

Summer can be nature’s time for re-imagining ourselves. We 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,

NLCP AP English Language and Composition Teachers
                                                  Hook

   INTRO
                                                  Claim



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                                                 diction      2
                                                              3
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             A1 Your Short Story                  syntax      2             B
                                                              3
                                                               1
                                                  imagery      2
                                                              3




                                                                       1
                                                     technique 1       2
                                                                       3
                                                                       1
             A2   Your chosen film                   technique 2       2
                                                                            B
   BODY
                                                                        3
                                                                       1
                                                     technique 3       2
                                                                       3




                                                                   1

             A3   Your chosen piece of art:   1 technique          2
                                                                            B
                                                                   3




CONCLUSION
                                                           AP® English Language and Composition
                                      2012 SUMMER READING SCORING GUIDELINES
                                                      North Lawndale College Prep High School


All essays, even those scored 8 or 9, may contain occasional flaws in analysis, prose style, or mechanics.
Such features should enter into the holistic evaluation of an essay's overall quality. In no case may an essay
with many distracting errors m grammar and mechanics be scored higher than a 2.


                 9 Essays earning a score of 9 meet the criteria for 8 essays and, in addition, are especially
                   sophisticated in their argument, skillful in their synthesis of sources, or impressive m their
                   control of language.

8          Effective

Essays earning a score of 8 effectively argue how the short story, a film of the student’s choosing and a
piece of art at “The Modern Wing” of the Art Institute of Chicago develop the same theme. They support the
argument by successfully synthesizing* the three sources. The argument is convincing, and the sources
effectively support the student's position. The prose demonstrates an ability to control a wide range of the
elements of effective writing but is not necessarily flawless.

                 7 Essays earning a score of 7 fit the description of 6 essays but are distinguished by more
                   complete or more purposeful argumentation and synthesis of sources, or a more mature prose
                   style.

6          Adequate

Essays earning a score of 6 adequately argue how the short story, a film of the student’s choosing and a
piece of art at “The Modern Wing” of the Art Institute of Chicago develop the same theme. They synthesize
the three sources. The argument is generally convincing and the sources generally support the student's
position, but the argument is less developed or less cogent than the arguments of essays earning higher
scores. The language may contain lapses in diction or syntax, but generally the prose is clear.

                 5 Essays earning a score of 5 argue how the short story, a film of the student’s choosing and a
                   piece of art at “The Modern Wing” of the Art Institute of Chicago develop the same theme.
                   They support the position by synthesizing the three sources, but their arguments and their use
                   of sources are somewhat limited, inconsistent, or uneven. The argument is generally clear, and
                   the sources generally support the student's position, but the relationship between the sources
                   and the argument may be strained. The writing may contain lapses in diction or syntax, but it
                   usually conveys the writer's ideas adequately.

4          Inadequate

Essays earning a score of 4 inadequately argue how the short story, a film of the student’s choosing and a
piece of art at “The Modern Wing” of the Art Institute of Chicago develop the same theme. They attempt to
present an argument and support the position by synthesizing at least two sources but may misunderstand,
misrepresent, or oversimplify either their own argument or the sources they include. The link between the
argument and the sources is weak. The prose of 4 essays may suggest immature control of writing.

* For the purpose of scoring, synthesis refers to combining the sources and the writer’s position to form a cohesive, supported argument, and accurately citing sources.



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                                               AP® English Language and Composition
                          2012 SUMMER READING SCORING GUIDELINES
                                         North Lawndale College Prep High School


            3 Essays earning a score of 3 meet the criteria for a score of 4 but demonstrate less
              understanding of the sources, less success in developing their own position, or less
              control of writing.

2      Little Success

Essays earning a score of 2 demonstrate little success in arguing how the short story, a film of the
student’s choosing and a piece of art at “The Modern Wing” of the Art Institute of Chicago develop the same
theme. They may merely allude to knowledge gained from reading/viewing the sources rather than
citing the sources themselves. These essays may misread the sources, fail to present an argument,
or substitute a simpler task by merely responding to the summer reading assignment tangentially or
merely summarizing the sources. The prose of 2 essays often demonstrates consistent weaknesses
in writing, such as a lack of development or organization, grammatical problems, or a lack of
control.

            1 Essays earning a score of 1 meet the criteria for a score of 2 but are especially
              simplistic, are weak in their control of writing, or do not cite even one source.

0 Indicates an on-topic response that receives no credit, such as one that merely repeats the
  prompt.

—      Indicates a blank response or one that is completely off topic




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