AP English Language & Composition
2012 Summer Assignments
These assignments are due the first day of AP Lang. & Comp. class. If you
have questions, you may e-mail the instructor at
Note: I have set up an Edmodo group for this class. The code is sppkay.
When you join the group, you will find a summer reading folder that
contains all handouts and links necessary to complete these assignments.
You may turn in your assignments via Edmodo. Have a great summer—
Assignment #1: SOAPSTONE Analysis of Two Iconic Speeches
Read Ronald Reagan’s “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate” and Harvey Milk’s “The
Hope Speech.” For each, complete a SOAPSTONE analysis (see attached handout). Be
as specific as possible; support all assertions with evidence from the text. (Full text of the
speeches is available online.)
Assignment #2: The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and
Why Outsiders Thrive After High School, by Alexandra Robbins
1. In an essay of 3-4 typed pages, answer the following questions:
a. What is Robbins’s thesis?
b. How does she support her thesis?
c. Do you agree or disagree with her thesis? Why?
Be sure to support your argument with examples from current events, history, your
reading, and your own observations.
Assignment #3: Editorial Cartoon Analysis
1. Collect 10 editorial cartoons from either the newspaper or the Internet.
2. Then write a paragraph for each where you explain what the cartoon is satirizing
and how the cartoonist makes the subject humorous for the audience. Remember
that satire is the making fun of something serious in order to bring about some
kind of change.
3. Organize the cartoons and paragraphs in an electronic document or a booklet.
Assignment #4: Maus 1: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History, by Art
Read the graphic novel Maus and complete a dialectical journal. (See the dialectical
journal handout for instructions). You should have at least one dialectical journal entry
for every four pages you read (despite what the handout says).