Summer Reading Assignment
AP English Literature & Composition
The Scholars Academy—Juniors
Instructor: Melissa DeLoach
This reading list contains four groups of literature
based on themes or styles common in each piece which, of
course, we will discuss in the AP Literature course second semester. You will also meet
for AP Literature class during the first week of school in August before college classes
begin, and we will complete some activities on the summer reading. You may also find
these works helpful as you take English 102 Composition in the fall. You are required
to read FOUR of these books this summer. Choose one book from each group. Complete
the QQTT assignment explained on the back of this handout based on your readings.
These tasks point directly to the requirements of the AP Literature Exam which you will
take for college credit in May.
Pulitzer Prize Fiction CHOOSE ONE.
Olive Kitteredge by Elizabeth Strout (2009 winner)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (1988 winner)
Culture Shock CHOOSE ONE.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Many Appearances on the AP Literature Exam—The Conflicted Male
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Many Appearances on the AP Literature Exam—The Conflicted Female
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
QQTT Assignment explained on back.
I recommend you purchase copies to use for reference throughout the year. Just a suggestion.
Email me with questions about your summer reading assignment as needed
throughout the summer at email@example.com.
Academic integrity is required of all Scholars.
Your words should be yours, not the internet’s or your scholarly neighbor’s.
THE QQTT ASSIGNMENT: CHOOSE FOUR BOOKS HERE—ONE FROM EACH GROUP.
For each book read, prepare your “QQTT”: one QUESTION, one QUOTE, and two TALKING
POINTS from the book. Here’s how:
QUESTION = Formulate a broad question which pertains to this group of literature.
Write a complete question. Then answer the question based on the piece of literature you read
in that group. USE the work to answer your question specifically. No fluff. The hardest part
will be writing the question. My group titles may help.
QUOTE = Choose the most meaningful passage from the work in your critical opinion.
It does not have to be a piece of dialogue between characters. Yes, write the quote down word
for word and document the page number. Then explain why you believe this passage best
exemplifies the author’s message and purpose of the work as a whole.
TALKING POINTS = Write down two different topics you want to discuss with this
work of literature. Explain the topic and what you want to say about it. Why is this topic an
important talking point for this work? Yes, anything goes as long as it relates to the book!
SCORING YOUR QQTT:
FORMAT = 10 pts each QQTT Your responses should be typed, 12 point, double
spaced, with title of work and author at top. Type your name in the upper right hand corner of
each page. Follow the turn-in guidelines explained below under DUE DATE as part of your
CONTENT = 60 pts each QQTT Your responses should be rich in thought,
demonstrating insight and critical observances of these works. I beg to be impressed by your
personal reading ah-ha’s. It’s ok if you don’t have profound earth shattering breakthroughs
while reading. Just show me your struggles to figure it out, how you’ve made sense of it all for
you alone. Question it all! No, I am not going to give you a quota to meet in length. Rich,
developed QQTTs mean I can’t say: “But what? But why? But how? But if…” after reading one
of yours. You’ve answered possible questions, peeled back all the layers of the question, the
quote, the topics.
WRITING = 30 pts each QQTT Your responses must be well written. Though
informal compared to formal essays, your original QQTTs must demonstrate “control of
language” as required on the AP exam. I should not have to stumble through your writing,
sludging along spackled sentences, fractured by irresponsible structure, spelling, and sinkholes.
You, hopefully, get the idea.
DUE DATE: This SUMMER READING assignment will count as 4 major grades in AP
English Literature second semester. You may also use the QQTTs in English 102. (Each QQTT is
a separate grade.)
QQTT #1: Email me one completed QQTT no later than August 1. No vacation excuses
please. Send it before you go. No technological excuses please. Working computers exist in
every corner of the globe. I will quickly give you feedback via email so you can make sure you
do the last ones correctly.
QQTT #2 & #3: Turn in paper copy of the 2nd & 3rd QQTTs on the first day of
school—Tuesday, August 18. You will also participate in activities based on these readings
during the first week of school before college classes begin. Your QQTTs will be a needed tool
to use, thus the paper copy requirement. Warning: If you don’t read, you will not be able to do
the first AP Literature class assignments in August (AP class will meet before your college
English 102 begins the first week.). Make sure QQTT #1, 2, or 3 is the Pulitzer Prize winner.
QQTT #4: Turn in your 4th and final QQTT no later than September 1 in my Digital
We will review your QQTTs in January
as we meet again for the semester-long AP Literature class.