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									                           AP English Language and Composition
                                         Grade 11
                               Summer Reading Assignment


Summer Readings:
    a. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    b. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Assignments:
1. Vocabulary Definitions (work with others to share the burden)
              ***do yourself a favor and start learning these over the summer
2. Reading Logs for Song of Solomon and The Bean Trees (at least one entry per chapter--
   typed)—see attachment
              ***do individually (no outside sources)
              ***come up with your own themes and symbols
              *** I expect that you will have difficulties with symbols. Look for reoccurring
              images, colors, objects, etc.
              ex. (white)innocence/purity; (dove)peace; (wolf)predator
          ****see attached samples
3. Essay:
   (a) This assignment will take place in class 10 days after the start of school. Both books
      will be discussed prior to this assignment in case you have any questions.


Important Information:
1. All summer assignments are due the first day of class (bring them the first day in case
   you’re unfamiliar with your schedule). Points will be deducted for lateness.
2. Feel free to email me over the summer with any questions or problems
   (kwilder@sbo.hampton.k12.va.us). You may also submit these assignments through email
   as well. I will send you an email verifying that I have received your work.
3. AP English Language and Composition is a very time consuming course. If you are too
   busy during the summer or academic school year with traveling, sports, or any other
   extracurricular activities then this class may not be for you. Just being smart is not enough.
                      AP English Language and Composition
Overview
         AP English is a very demanding course that requires an extremely close reading of a text. The
primary focus of the course is rhetoric (how a writer uses such things as structure, tone, diction,
sentence structure, audience, etc. to achieve his/her objective). Why does an author place this
paragraph or sentence here instead of there? Why does he/she use those specific words? Why does
he/she alternate between short and long sentences in a given paragraph? Besides covering American
literature, we will be covering several essays over topics including poetry, the sciences, politics, leisure,
and numerous social issues. You will be required to clearly state and defend your opinion. More
importantly, you will be required to address and acknowledge opinions that may be contrary to your
own ideas and beliefs. You can certainly disagree with an author or classmate’s opinion; however, you
can’t dismiss thoughts or opinions contrary to your own. Furthermore, you will be expected to notice
holes or fallacies in an author’s argument.
Expectations
         AP English Language and Composition is a college (not high school) level course. You will be
required to read more novels and write more papers than an honors course. You can expect to have
homework every night that requires reading and/or writing. A strong work ethic and solid time
management skills are a necessity. This is especially true when you’re involved in time consuming
extracurricular activities or are taking multiple AP classes. This will not be accepted as an excuse. I
can assure you that I won’t overload you with work for the sake of giving you work. I will keep
assignments within reason. However, if you want to just breeze by your English class, you’re in the
wrong place.
My Approach
         I don’t expect my students to come to me with all the necessary vocabulary and fine reading
skills in hand. You can still be a fine AP student even if you are lacking in grammar or writing. My goal
is to gradually introduce you to the skills needed to be a successful AP student. Understand that most
students will struggle from time to time (even those at the very top of the class). Every year, several
students “survive” AP English and you can too.
Parents
         Please keep up with your child’s work and grade. Your help is needed to keep up with
homework and other major assignments. Know that I post grades regularly and feel free to refer to
www.k12planet.com to see them for yourself. For quick questions, email is the fastest way to reach me.
For more difficult issues, feel free to call me, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
                                       AP Vocabulary List

                                             Poetry
limerick            lyric                  meter                 ode
sonnet                        ballad               blank verse         free verse
haiku               elegy                  epic                  sonnet

                                       Types of Literature
expose                     fable                  satire                parable
prose               allegory               caricature

                            Figurative Language/Sound Devices
metaphor         simile                    personification           hyperbole
oxymoron/paradox                           apostrophe(not punctuation)
alliteration     assonance                 consonance         onomatopoeia
cacophony        euphony


                                        Literary Elements
allusion             anachronism           analogy               symbol
antithesis           aphorism/idiom        denouement
moral                motif                 nonsequitor           pun
understatement       overstatement               syntax                 parallelism
connotation          denotation            archetype
catharsis            hubris                imagery               rhetoric
dramatic monologue                               soliloquy
irony(dramatic, situational, verbal)


                                          Tone/Diction
tone                diction                terse                 didactic
pedantic            ornate                 trenchant             colloquial
                 READING LOG EXAMPLES from Animal Farm

Pg. 28 “…our lives are miserable, laborious, and short…”
This is not unlike slavery here in the U.S. and elsewhere. Mr. Jones would be the white slave
owner and the animals would be the slaves. You could say the same thing about professional
athletes in a lesser degree. The star football player could give his blood, sweat, and tears only
to be let go when he had outlived his usefulness. The same thing happened with Player X with
the Philadelphia Eagles last year…

Pg. 29. “Man is the only animal that consumes without producing. Yet he is lord of all
the animals.”
 The first thing that comes to mind is the comment about us being lord over all. I remember
hearing something in the Bible about Man having dominion over all living creatures. Let’s take
for granted that you believe in God and the Bible, but when does the time come when we have
abused this privilege too much? Don’t our parents grant us certain rights (to take out the car,
stay out late, to have a pet, etc.). When we constantly abuse these privileges, aren’t they taken
away from us? Should our “right” to rule over the animal kingdom be taken away from us?
        As far as us consuming without producing, don’t even get me started. How many years
has it taken to create all the natural resources that we are dependent upon? However, we go
through these resources (coal, gas, etc.) in single days. How much longer will they last? Is it a
coincidence that humanity’s exponential population explosion coincides with an exponential
decrease in the number of animal species alive on the planet? Sometimes I see humanity as
destroyers more than creators.

“Comrades”
       It has just dawned upon me that this is the second or third time they’ve used the term
“comrade.” This book is an allegory about incidents that occurred in Russia. Only makes sense
that they throw in a Russian word or two.
       This makes me think of foreign language courses here at Phoebus. Wish they offered
Russian with an actual teacher on campus. This only shows how close we used to be towards
our Spanish and French brethren. We don’t seem that close to the French at all today.
Remember a few years ago when various places in the U.S. (including the Congressional
cafeteria in Washington D.C.) started referring to french fries as “freedom fries”? That was
completely ignorant because of Reason X and Reason Y.

**Do not merely summarize the chapter or passage. I’ve already read the book. This should be
an original idea coming from you and not the author.
**Compare characters and events from the book to other characters and events from previous
novels and stories you’ve read (or current events).
**State the quote (and location by page #) then write your paragraph of commentary (6-8
intelligent sentences)
**Comment on universal themes, reoccurring symbols, and archetypes (character types—
underdog, the scrooge, trickster, etc.). You can also talk about human nature in general.
**Explain why this passage is significant to the book. Why should we care about this word,
color, sentence, paragraph, behavior, etc.?

								
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