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					           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

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 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

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.





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 by 11:59 PM, 8AUG2010

                  4. Please contact if you have a problem or any


    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 (see my school website for class ID and

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 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

                   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


   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


       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.

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