Advanced Placement Literature and Composition
2012 Summer Assignment~ McGee~ Floyd E. Kellam High School
Welcome to AP Literature and Composition. What follows is a list of activities that
comprise your summer assignment. I hope that you find them enjoyable and enriching; I
know that you will find them helpful as we start the process of tackling the AP exam.
An important reason to complete a summer assignment is to get a jump on the
curriculum. Most high schools begin their year before Labor Day, and yet all high
schools take the AP exam on the same date in May. This puts us behind right at the
beginning of the year. In addition, most, if not all of you, have begun to think about the
college application process. The summer assignment is meant to help you focus on this
process and be able to develop an essay for your college applications.
One thing before you read on - I want to encourage you to read on your own this
summer. I’m giving you a couple of things, but read on your own. Read the newspaper
(in hand or online); read magazines; read books you enjoy; read poetry; read at the
beach; read on your break from work; read before you go to sleep. I promise you that if
you read, good things will happen! Your vocabulary will increase and become more
sophisticated; you will recognize allusions and idioms more readily; and your writing will
improve immeasurably. So do it! Read!
As a beginning to this process, please complete the following assignments:
I. Read Thomas Foster’s book, How to Read Literature like a Professor.
This is an engaging and easy to read book that you will enjoy. You will find this book to
be a valuable tool in helping you really look at literature and feel more confident as you
begin to analyze literary pieces on your own. You can buy or borrow the book, but in
either case you will need to read it. I will expect you to be an expert with the contents
of this book.
*I will give you a quiz during the first week of school on this book.
II. Read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
On the class Edmodo is an introductory Prezi. It will give you some information about
Mary Shelley and the Romantic Movement in England.
As you read, look for things that puzzle you, disturb you, or resonate with you. If you
decide to buy the book, mark directly in it. Ask questions in the margins; underline things
that interest you. If you are using one of Kellam’s books and don’t plan on purchasing it,
use post-its or create a running response log. Read actively and enjoy the book.
You will take a reading quiz the first day of school on this novel.
Complete the RWN assignment for Frankenstein. The assignment is on Edmodo
in the Library. Bring your RWN to class on the first day of school. We will be using it
for discussion, and you will be able to use it on your reading quiz. I will collect the RWN
sometime during the first two weeks of school. It will be worth a test grade.
III. The college application process will begin in earnest come September. In order
to get the ball rolling, you will write a working, rough draft of a college essay. Your
choices are taken from the Common Application which can be found at this website:
The rough draft of your essay is due the first day of school.
Begin working on your academic resume.
One of the things we will work on during the first nine week grading period is getting your
academic resume in order and polishing your college essay. A brainstorming graphic
organizer is available on Edmodo in the library to get you thinking about all the things
you might include in your resume. Begin working on it. You will need it around the
second or third week of school
IV. I am looking forward to a productive year with my students. In order to get to know
you a little better, I am asking that you write me a letter of introduction. Tell me
whatever it is you think I should know about you: your strengths, your weaknesses, your
nickname, your favorite food, etc. Please include the titles of three works of literature
you remember reading in high school. These can be novels, plays, short stories, or
poems. I will post a letter to all of you on Edmodo. Please upload your letter to me as
soon as possible, but before the beginning of the school year.
If you’re having trouble, or are confused, email me at email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact me through the Facebook AP Literature page
[mcgee’s ap lit].
What you need:
How to Read Literature like a Professor - by Thomas Foster - Can be
purchased through Amazon for $10 new, or as low as $1 used – my current
students may be willing to sell or give you their copies.
Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley. I will provide you with a school copy;
however, you are welcome to buy your own copy so that you may mark in it.
A composition notebook that will serve as your Reader/Writer Notebook.
On Edmodo is a list of essential literary terms you MUST know. When we speak or
write about literature, there is a common language we use, and our goal is to become
proficient in understanding and using these terms. I have posted the list for your
convenience, and so you may begin looking at these. We will be working with this list
throughout the school year.
Go to www.edmodo.com
Click “I am a student”
The group code is: ckykdn
Create a user name and password - your user name should be your name, or first initial
and last name.
Email me at email@example.com if you have any questions.