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					                   AP Language Summer Reading & Writing Project—150 points
        —30 points for textual marking, 45 points for main idea frames, 40 points for field trip;
                            25 points for blog posts, 10 points for grammar

Explanation: Recent research has shown that students who do not spend their summers reading, writing, or
thinking actually causes them to lose much of what they learned and the skills and knowledge they have
gained during the course of the year. How do I know this, you may ask? I just do man, trust me…

Anyway, all students who are planning on taking AP Language and Composition must complete a summer
reading and writing project. THE ASSIGNMENT IS MANDATORY. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE
THIS ASSIGNMENT, YOU WILL BEGIN THE YEAR OFF WITH AN ‘F’ INSTEAD OF AN ‘A.’

Here are the steps to success:

1. Since AP Language will be focused on nonfiction, we will be reading a nonfiction text, Never a City So
Real, a book about Chicago. It is 147 pages long.

2. Read your book over the summer.

3. Mark your text—by now this should be a strategy that everyone can employ. You should mark your text
for the following (these need not be marked all of the time, and do not include all of the things you could
mark).—30 points
                Main Ideas
                Supporting Details
                Comparisons/Contrasts—within text, text-to-self, text-to-text
                Cause and Effect relationships
                Whoa’s/Wow’s
                Context Clues
                Asking the text questions

4. For each chapter, you must complete a main idea/supporting detail summary frame. There are nine
chapters, so that’s 5 points per chapter. You must have at least 3 supporting details per frame and at least
one of those must be direct and cited correctly.—45 points

5. Since this book is based in Chicago, I will be planning 2 Saturday field trips. We will meet at the school
and take the L to our destinations. You must attend 1 of them. If you attend more than one, you can receive
extra credit. Dates, times, and places will be forthcoming.—40 points

6. Throughout the summer, you will need to post discussion questions and answer other students’ questions
on our blog which can be found at:                                             --25 points

7. Proofread all of your writing as your grammar counts for 10 points.

The rating scale that follows will show you exactly how you will be scored.

Good Luck!

P.S. I will be in town most of the summer—give me a call if you need help—773-641-9976;
GLCaneva@cps.edu

				
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