Summer Reading Assignment for AP English Literature and Composition by lee92256


									AP English Literature and Composition: Summer Reading Assignment
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*Visit Mr. Smith’s fusion page over the summer for updates on the readings and helpful links to complete the assignment.”

Rationale: Thomas Foster’s deftly demonstrates what critical readers should be looking for as they explore literature.
The selected chapters provide a foundation of our exploration and analysis of literature. How to Read Literature Like a
Professor provides the tools for you to develop a critical perspective that is vital to an AP student’s success.

Summary: This summer assignment, though not required, is strongly recommended. It will be assigned at the
beginning of the year as a course requirement (it will have to be completed while satisfying ongoing course requirements)
and it will be due on September 15, 2009. The summary is worth one grade and the analysis will be worth two grades.
It is our expectation that you will complete it over the summer as it will reduce the amount of reading you will be assigned
at the beginning of the school year.

Procedure: Follow these steps to complete the assignment
1. Purchase a copy of How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster available at Border’s and other
   bookstores. (This text will be used all year!).
2. Read one of the following chapters:
    Chapter 5 – Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?
    Chapter 10 – It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow
    Chapter 12 – Is That a Symbol?
    Chapter 13 – It’s All Political
    Chapter 19 – Geography Matters
    Chapter 20 - … So Does Season
    Chapter 21- Marked for Greatness
    Chapter 24- …And Rarely Just Illness
    Chapter 25 – Don’t Read with Your Eyes
3. Based upon your chapter reading: Summarize the chapter by writing down five to eight key facts you discovered
   from the reading
4. Select a short story (it can be from any genre and may be one with which you are very familiar) that lends itself to
   analysis based upon your reading selection from Step 2.
5. Read the short story
6. Utilizing the key facts from the How to Read Literature Like a Professor chapter you selected in Step 2, analyze the
   short story; be sure to write down how the elements in your chapter apply to the short story
7. Type everything up and bring to class by the 15 of September.

Assessment: Your performance will be based upon this rubric.
  Category            4                            3                           2                            1
  Summarization       Student can identify 5 to    Although Student can        Student identifies 5 to 8    Less than 5 facts are
                      8 pertinent key facts        identify 5 to 8 key facts   facts from chapter           identified and the facts
                      from chapter reading         from chapter reading,       reading, but the facts are   are not key or essential
                      that are essential to        most, but not all are       not key or essential to      to understanding topic
                      understanding topic          essential to                understanding topic.
                                                   understanding topic
  Short story         Student chooses an           Student chooses an good     Student chooses an           Student chooses a short
  selection           excellent short story that   short story that lends      average short story that     story that is too
                      lends itself to analysis     itself to analysis          proves difficult to          simplistic and lacks any
                                                                               analyze                      depth for analysis
  Relates summary     Student accurately           Student accurately          Student makes few            Student makes no
  to short story      relates reading from text    relates most of the         connections between the      connections between the
                      to the short story as        reading from text to the    text and the short story     text and the short story
                      shown by the use of          short story as shown by     as shown by the use of       as shown by the use of
                      relevant textual             the use of a few relevant   very few textual             no textual examples
                      examples                     textual examples            examples

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