AP English 11 Summer Reading Assignments Glenvar High School 2012 Instructor: Mrs. Kellie Pry firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Students and Parents: Roanoke County teachers believe that students should develop a love of reading and assume the responsibility to pursue reading in order to become life-long learners. Therefore, we encourage our students to continue to read during the summer. All students who are enrolled in AP English courses are required to read at least two books during the summer. Below are the guidelines and reading list for AP English 11: Language and Composition. We hope that students will use the list as a starting point and choose other selections to read during the summer as well. Reading is the single most important factor attributed to school success. Required summer reading and assignments must be completed before the first day of school. Late work will result in a 10% penalty per day it is late. As a matter of academic integrity, students are expected to generate their own ideas and reflections; use of Sparknotes and other study aids is strictly prohibited. All work is expected to be the student’s independent and original work. Assignments that reflect shared or borrowed content will be subject to the GHS plagiarism policy. REQUIRED READING SELECTION #1: All students must read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Before you begin, read background information posted on the National Endowment of the Arts THE BIG READ project website – www.neabigread.org/books/greatgatsby. Two interesting articles on the historical context are found under “Teacher’s Guide” -handouts one and three- called “Prohibition” and “Harlem in the Jazz Age.” While reading the novel, each student must keep a dialectical journal. See directions below. Dialectical Journal Directions: The dialectical journal is a type of double-entry note-taking which students use while reading literature. In the two columns students write notes that dialogue with one another, thereby developing critical reading and reflective questioning. You should have a minimum of two journal entries per chapter of The Great Gatsby. The left column of your journal will contain quotations or paraphrase specific moments in the text for analysis. The right side will contain critical commentary about the significance of each quotation/paraphrase as well as general reflections, observations, and questions. In addition to analysis and commentary, each entry should include one or more of the following as it pertains to the selected quotation or moment: *the rhetorical strategy or literary element used and its effect on the reader *analysis and effect of diction and style *author’s purpose *questions that come to mind *predictions *insightful connections *unfamiliar vocabulary words from the quote and their definitions *evidence of character or theme development *any recurring motifs or symbols See the attached sample dialectical journal page and rubric for further clarification regarding expectations for this assignment. **Students are also required to complete the discussion questions listed on the National Endowment for the Arts THE BIG READ project website (located under Reader’s Guide, then on the right side toolbar under discussion questions). Both the dialectical journal and the discussion questions for The Great Gatsby are due the first day of class. REQUIRED READING SELECTION #2 All students enrolled in AP English 11 are also required to read Arthur Miller’s famous play, Death of a Salesman. After reading the play, students will complete an essay in response to the following: America has long been known as a land of opportunity. Out of that thinking comes the “American Dream,” an idea that anyone can ultimately achieve success, even if he or she began with nothing. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, we follow Willy Loman as he reviews a life in desperate pursuit of a dream of success. The playwright suggests to his audience both what is truthful and what is illusory in the American Dream and, hence, in the lives of millions of Americans. Write an argumentative essay in which you explore the notion of the American Dream and argue whether this dream is an illusion or a reality (or a combination of both) based on your own opinions and your understanding of the play and what it suggests. Your paper should be two to three pages typed, double-spaced, with 12 point font. You will be graded on the development and support of your ideas, your organization, adherence to standard rules of writing (grammar and mechanics), and the extent to which you incorporate evidence from the play into your argument. Essays are due the first day of class. Students will take an objective/discussion test on the play during the second week of school. Each assignment is worth 100 points for a total of 400 points: Dialectical Journal on The Great Gatsby 100 points In class essay on Gatsby the first week 100 points Argumentative Essay on Death of a Salesman 100 points Test on Death of a Salesman the second week of school 100 points Books will be distributed through English classes the last week of school and are available for check-out in Mrs. Pry’s room, 101, before June 8.
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