Summer Reading Assignments for AP Language Welcome to Advanced Placement Language! I am excited that you have chosen to spend a year working harder to become a better reader, writer, and thinker. The works listed below, which are read during the summer, are part of the required reading list for A.P. Language. Reading these will help students to understand the nature of the reading requirements in A.P. Furthermore, reading some of the required books over the summer will mean that more time can be spent during the academic year on analyses, compositions, and exercises for the A.P. test. All students will be required to read and complete assignments for Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Superfreakonomics by Dubner and Levitt, 15 op-ed articles from newspapers, and 5 news or featured articles (see assignment packet for the list of writers you must utilize for the articles). Hard copies of all assignments will be due on the first day of class. Students must submit all work to turnitin.com by 11:59 PM on August 8, 2010. Students will also be assessed on the novels through a test and essay the first week of class. Failure to complete the summer assignments will result in removal from the course. Please keep in mind that this is a college level class; therefore, it is expected that students are responsible and reasonably mature in order to meet the rigorous demands of the course, inclusive of all assignments in and outside of class. Some of the reading selections may have mature subject matter and sensitive language. The assignments are attached. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Ben Barlow AP Language and Composition Summer Reading List and Assignments AP English language and Composition is quite different from the English classes that you have taken before. This course emphasizes non-fiction readings that include a mix of politics, history, social sciences, and current events; we also read some literary fiction, but the focus is not the same as a traditional English class. We read with the objective of analyzing arguments as well as looking closely at the power and the beauty of language. The summer reading requirements are a necessary foundation for the course; if they are not completed, the student will be removed from AP language and placed in a regular English class. AP Language is designed for diligent students who are eager to learn and expand their thinking and writing skills. **LATE WORK IS NOT ACCEPTED IN AP LANGUAGE. THERE IS NO LATE WORK POLICY. THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE – NO EXCEPTIONS – ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS AND SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO TURNITIN.COM BY 11:59 PM ON AUGUST 8 TH, 2010, PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2010-2011. AT A GLANCE: 1. Read newspapers throughout the summer and collect twenty articles. 2. Read Fahrenheit 451 and Superfreakonomics and complete the accompanying assignments. 3. Submit all work to turnitin.com by 11:59 PM, 8AUG2010 4. Please contact email@example.com if you have a problem or any questions. I. Newspaper Articles In order to enhance your background knowledge for this course, you need to read articles from the following newspapers / news magazines: The New York Times The Washington Post USA Today International Business Daily Newsweek Time US News & World Report The “Week In Review” section of the Sunday The New York Times provides a great look at the main events and arguments of the week and is available online. If you are going out of town for the summer, you are still required to complete the assignment. These news sources are available in most grocery stores, gas stations, and book stores, as well as online. Articles should be found weekly. DO NOT wait until the last minute to collect these articles. You should find two or three articles per week over the summer. Here is what you must collect: Read newspapers throughout the summer and collect 20 articles. You should have at least one article from each of the following writers: David Brooks, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, Nicholas D. Kristof, Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, and John Tierney. 15 of these articles should be opinion – editorial pieces (op-ed), and 5 should be news or feature articles. Assignment: o For each article, you will complete a typed (MLA format) journal entry in which you comment on the aspects of each that made you think. Also, you must include your thoughts about the issue at the heart of each piece. You must have one response per article (20 total). Generally I am looking for no less than ten sentences per journal here. o You will be required to write an essay the first week of school incorporating the knowledge gained through this exercise. o Type these journals as one MLA document and download into the proper assignment folder in turnitin.com (see my school website for class ID and password). II. Book Assignments (Fahrenheit 451 & Superfreakonomics) a. SOAPSTone approach Speaker: The individual or collective voice of the text Occasion: the event or catalyst causing the writing of the text to occur – i.e., motivation? Audience: the group of readers to whom the piece is directed Purpose: the reason behind the text Subject: the general topic or main idea Tone: the attitude of the author towards the subject AND towards the reader i. Format 1. MLA (double spaced, TNR 12 point font, left side heading, right side header, etc) 2. Type the title for each of the six parts (SOAPST) and then fully explain each following its title. Each area should be fully explained using references from the reading. A few sentences does not make for an adequate response. 3. Submit to turnitin.com by 11:59 PM on 8AUG2010. b. Individual Book Assignments i. Superfreakonomics Journals 1. MLA formatted document. Type a response to the introduction and to each chapter of the book (5 chapters) and a final response to the book as a whole. Chapter responses should include the following: a. Summary of chapter b. What you learned reading the chapter c. Your personal response; what are the implications to you personally d. Words that you do not know and their meanings. Use each of these words in a separate sentence. DO NOT SAY THAT YOU KNOW ALL THE WORDS! 2. The final response should include the following: a. A reflection on the book as a whole-what did you learn, did you like it, how was it beneficial to you, etc. b. Explain the book’s effect on the way you view society. Explain any impact it had on how you think of societal / economic issues. ii. Fahrenheit 451 Essay Assignment 1. MLA format 2. Read the following prompt and compose a well-written essay in response: Many argue that happiness lies in the ability to blend into the crowd. When we stand out, we are either humiliated or ostracized, but are never praised. Compose a well-constructed essay arguing for, against, or qualifying the following statement from Fahrenheit 451. Use examples from the novel, your own life, and other sources you can think of to support your claim. “We must all be alike. Not everyone is born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other. then all are happy for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against.” 3. Make sure to use evidence from your reading in order to prove that you both read the book and fully comprehend its thematic structure. 4. You must create an objective paper; do not use YOU, YOURSELF, YOUR, US, ME, WE, etc. Avoid “I believe” and “I think”, etc.