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									                                  Summer Reading and Assignments
                                  AP English Literature and Composition
                                  Instructor: Mrs. Neely
                         Code: 2fk5ua

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Please note: All summer assignments are mandatory and are due the first day of school. Note that a 20% will be deducted from your
grade after one day and 50% after two days. An assignment will not receive credit after the second day. Failure to meet the
requirements of the summer reading assignment will result in a recommendation that the student be reassigned.

Summer Assignment 1 – How to Read Literature Like a Professor
This is a delightful nonfiction read that I believe will help enlighten you on your journey with literary analysis. I
suggest you read this text first. The tasks set forth are below. Select 10 of the possible 24 tasks presented
below to complete. Do them in blue or black pen only; do not write on the back of your paper. You should
respond with 2-3 paragraphs minimum where applicable (use common sense). Each chapter does NOT need
its own page; however, please label each section that requires a response. This assignment will account for
50% of your summer reading test on this text.

                                         Writing Assignments for
                                  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
                                           by Thomas C. Foster
                                    (tasks adapted from Donna Anglin)
Introduction: How'd He Do That?
How do memory, symbol, and pattern affect the reading of literature? How does the recognition of patterns make it easier to read
complicated literature? Discuss a time when your appreciation of a literary work was enhanced by understanding symbol or pattern.
Chapter 1 -- Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It's Not)
List the five aspects of the QUEST and then apply them to something you have read (or viewed) in the form used on pages 3-5.
Chapter 2 -- Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion
Choose a meal from a literary work and apply the ideas of Chapter 2 to this literary depiction.
Chapter 3: --Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires
What are the essentials of the Vampire story? Apply this to a literary work you have read or viewed.
Chapter 4 -- If It's Square, It's a Sonnetı
Select three sonnets and show which form they are. Discuss how their content reflects the form. (Submit copies of the sonnets, marked
to show your analysis).
Chapter 5 --Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?
Define intertextuality. Discuss three examples that have helped you in reading specific works.
Chapter 6 -- When in Doubt, It's from Shakespeare...ı
Discuss a work that you are familiar with that alludes to or reflects Shakespeare. Show how the author uses this connection
thematically. Read pages 44-46 carefully. In these pages, Foster shows how Fugard reflects Shakespeare through both plot and theme.
In your discussion, focus on theme.
Chapter 7 -- ...Or the Bible
Read "Araby" (available online). Discuss Biblical allusions that Foster does not mention. Look at the example of the "two great jars." Be
creative and imaginative in these connections.
Chapter 8 -- Hanseldee and Greteldum
Think of a work of literature that reflects a fairy tale. Discuss the parallels. Does it create irony or deepen appreciation?
Chapter 9 -- It's Greek to Me
Write a free verse poem derived or inspired by characters or situations from Greek mythology. Be prepared to share your poem with the
class. The internet (or library) can provide extensive resources for classical mythology.
Chapter 10 -- It's More Than Just Rain or Snow
Discuss the importance of weather in a specific literary work, not in terms of plot.
Interlude -- Does He Mean That?
Chapter 11 --...More Than It's Gonna Hurt You: Concerning Violence
Present examples of the two kinds of violence found in literature. Show how the effects are different.
Chapter 12 -- Is That a Symbol?
Use the process described on page 106 to investigate the symbolism of the fence in "Araby." (Mangan's sister stands behind it.)
Chapter 13 -- It's All Political
Assume that Foster is right and "it is all political." Use his criteria to show that one of the major works assigned to you as a freshman is
Chapter 14 -- Yes, She's a Christ Figure, Too
Apply the criteria on page 119 to a major character in a significant literary work. Try to choose a character that will have many matches.
This is a particularly apt tool for analyzing film -- for example, Star Wars, Cool Hand Luke, Excalibur, Malcolm X, Braveheart,
Spartacus, Gladiator and/or Ben-Hur.
Chapter 15 -- Flights of Fancy
Select a literary work in which flight signifies escape or freedom. Explain in detail.
Chapter 16 -- It's All About Sex...
Chapter 17 -- ...Except the Sex
OK ..the sex chapters. The key idea from this chapter is that "scenes in which sex is coded rather than explicit can work at multiple
levels and sometimes be more intense that literal depictions" (141). In other words, sex is often suggested with much more art and
effort than it is described, and, if the author is doing his job, it reflects and creates theme or character. Choose a novel or movie in
which sex is suggested, but not described, and discuss how the relationship is suggested and how this implication affects the theme or
develops characterization.
Chapter 18 -- If She Comes Up, It's Baptism
Think of a "baptism scene" from a significant literary work. How was the character different after the experience? Discuss.
Chapter 19 -- Geography Matters…
Discuss at least four different aspects of a (one) specific literary work that Foster would classify under "geography."
Chapter 20 -- ...So Does Season
Find a poem that mentions a specific season. Then discuss how the poet uses the season in a meaningful, traditional, or unusual way.
(Submit a copy of the poem with your analysis.)
Interlude -- One Story
Write your own definition for archetype. Then identify an archetypal story and apply it to a literary work with which you are familiar.
Chapter 21 -- Marked for Greatness
Figure out Harry Potter's scar. If you aren't familiar with Harry Potter, select another character with a physical imperfection and analyze
its implications for characterization.
Chapter 22 -- He's Blind for a Reason, You Know
Chapter 23 -- It's Never Just Heart Disease...
Chapter 24 -- ...And Rarely Just Illness
Recall two characters who died of a disease in a literary work. Consider how these deaths reflect the "principles governing the use of
disease in literature" (215-217). Discuss the effectiveness of the death as related to plot, theme, or symbolism.
Chapter 25 -- Don't Read with Your Eyes
After reading Chapter 25, choose a scene or episode from a novel, play or epic written before the twentieth century. Contrast how it
could be viewed by a reader from the twenty-first century with how it might be viewed by a contemporary reader. Focus on specific
assumptions that the author makes, assumptions that would not make it in this century.
Chapter 26 -- Is He Serious? And Other Ironies
Select an ironic literary work and explain the multi-vocal nature of the irony in the work.
Chapter 27 -- A Test Case
Read “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield, the short story starting on page 245. Complete the exercise on pages 265-266,
following the directions exactly. Then compare your writing with the three examples. How did you do? What does the essay that follows
comparing Laura with Persephone add to your appreciation of Mansfield's story?
Choose a motif not discussed in this book (as the horse reference on page 280) and note its appearance in three or four different
works. What does this idea seem to signify?

Summer Assignment 2 – Summer Reading: Choose Four from the list below:
AP English Literature is a reading-intensive course whose purpose it to prepare you for college-level
literary interpretation and analysis, work that is solidly supported by textual evidence. Annotation is a
skill you will need to have mastered in order to succeed in your future educational pursuits. I strongly
suggest that you annotate your copy of the novel or keep an annotated notebook for each novel. You
will need these annotations to complete the assessment when you return to class in the fall. I have
included a short overview of what my definition of annotation is below:

Annotations are more than highlighting; you should add margin notes, including comments & questions,
connections to other parts of the book, reactions, and summary statements, and reflections at the
beginning/end of chapters. Try to develop your own system of annotation with symbols and color coding for
your reactions to certain aspects such as character, language, style, setting, and theme. Good annotation
takes a long time but is invaluable later. See the list below for some other aspects to consider in your
annotation. The purpose of a reader response journal is to dialogue with the text; it goes beyond annotating
(which is still a good thing and highly recommended). You should do the following in a format that works for
you (typed or hand-written), but which allows you to add to this during class discussion during the semester (I
suggest a dialectic/double-sided entry journal format kept on the FRONTS of your paper only):
        1. Take notes about (or annotate examples of) significant aspects of the text such as plot, character,
                 and theme, etc. Always identify page numbers.
        2. Analyze use of language—author’s style, diction, tone, structure, point of view, voice, etc. Cite
                 specific examples with page numbers.
        3. Contemplate significant quotations, applying meaning not only relative to the text but also to
                 contemporary life. Indicate page numbers of quotations.
        4. Draw connections between/among other prose works or poetry you have read or historical events in
                 positive and negative ways. The world of literature is not one of isolation.
        5. Respond/react on a personal, even creative, level to the text being read.
                 Honest commentary is valuable in stimulating discussion and questioning.

                                    Assessment Prompt: Due September 2nd

               Select a single analysis element discussed by Mr. Foster in How to Read Literature like a
       Professor and then write a 3 to 5 page paper using that single element of analysis as your central
       focus for writing a critical review of the four novels you selected to complete for summer
       reading. The critical analysis must include parenthetical citations for all five summer reading
       selections and a work cited page (which will not be included in page count). MLA Format 

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseinni
Hosseini's stunning debut novel starts as an eloquent Afghan version of the American immigrant
experience in the late 20th century, but betrayal and redemption come to the forefront when the narrator,
a writer, returns to his ravaged homeland to rescue the son of his childhood friend after the boy's parents
are shot during the Taliban takeover in the mid '90s. Amir, the son of a well-to-do Kabul merchant, is the
first-person narrator, who marries, moves to California and becomes a successful novelist. But he remains
haunted by a childhood incident in which he betrayed the trust of his best friend, a Hazara boy named
Hassan, who receives a brutal beating from some local bullies. After establishing himself in America, Amir
learns that the Taliban have murdered Hassan and his wife, raising questions about the fate of his son,
Sohrab. Spurred on by childhood guilt, Amir makes the difficult journey to Kabul, only to learn the boy has
been enslaved by a former childhood bully who has become a prominent Taliban official. The price Amir
must pay to recover the boy is just one of several brilliant, startling plot twists that make this book
memorable both as a political chronicle and a deeply personal tale about how childhood choices affect our
adult lives. The character studies alone would make this a noteworthy debut, from the portrait of the
sensitive, insecure Amir to the multilayered development of his father, Baba, whose sacrifices and
scandalous behavior are fully revealed only when Amir returns to Afghanistan and learns the true nature
of his relationship to Hassan. Add an incisive, perceptive examination of recent Afghan history and its
ramifications in both America and the Middle East, and the result is a complete work of literature that
succeeds in exploring the culture of a previously obscure nation that has become a pivot point in the
global politics of the new millennium.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
"When you know your name, you should hang on to it, for unless it is noted down and remembered, it will
die when you die." And the scribbled no-name "Macon Dead," given to a newly freed black man by a
drunken Union Army officer, has stained out a family's real name for three generations, and then we meet
the third "Macon Dead," called "Milkman." Raised among the sour hatreds of the richest black family in a
Michigan town, Milkman learns not to love or make commitments, learns to turn away from his father's
hard, tight greed, his mother's unloved passivity, his sisters' sterile virginity. He stands apart from his
outcast aunt Pilate (a figure reminiscent of Sula, living beyond all reason), a "raggedy bootlegger" who
keeps her name in a box threaded to one ear. And he stands above the wild untidy adoration of his cousin
Hagar, above the atrocities against blacks in the 1950s, even while his friend organizes a black execution
squad. However, when Milkman's father opens the door to a family past of murder and flight, Milkman - in
order to steal what he believes is gold - begins the cleansing Odyssean journey. His wanderings will take
him through a wilderness of rich and wonderful landscapes murmuring with old tales, those real names
becoming closer and more familiar. He beholds eerie appearances (an ancient Circe ringed with fight-eyed
dogs) - and hears the electric singing of children, which holds within it the pulse of truth. Like other black
Americans, Milkman's retrieval of identity from obliteration helps him to shake off the "Dead" no-name
state of his forebears. And, like all people, his examination of the past gives him a perspective that
liberates the capacity for love. Morrison's narration, accomplished with such patient delicacy, is both
darkly tense and exuberant; fantastic events and symbolic embellishments simply extend and deepen the
validity and grace of speech and character. The gut-soul of Roots, with which this will be recklessly,
inevitably linked, and a handsome display of a major talent. (Kirkus Reviews)

Finn by Jon Clinch
In this masterful debut by a major new voice in fiction, Jon Clinch takes us on a journey into the history
and heart of one of American literature’s most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn’s father.
The result is a deeply original tour de force that springs from Twain’s classic novel but takes on a fully
realized life of its own.
Finn sets a tragic figure loose in a landscape at once familiar and mythic. It begins and ends with a lifeless
body–flayed and stripped of all identifying marks–drifting down the Mississippi. The circumstances of the
murder, and the secret of the victim’s identity, shape Finn’s story as they will shape his life and his death.
Along the way Clinch introduces a cast of unforgettable characters: Finn’s terrifying father, known only as
the Judge; his sickly, sycophantic brother, Will; blind Bliss, a secretive moonshiner; the strong and quick-
witted Mary, a stolen slave who becomes Finn’s mistress; and of course young Huck himself. In daring to
re-create Huck for a new generation, Clinch gives us a living boy in all his human complexity–not an icon,
not a myth, but a real child facing vast possibilities in a world alternately dangerous and bright.
Finn is a novel about race; about paternity in its many guises; about the shame of a nation recapitulated
by the shame of one absolutely unforgettable family. Above all, Finn reaches back into the darkest waters
of America’s past to fashion something compelling, fearless, and new. (B&

Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-
year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the
old-timers call "Milk Sickness." "My baby boy..." she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving
Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes
known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and
devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..."
Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that
will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight
against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth
Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person
to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and
David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all
while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the
birth, growth, and near-death of our nation

Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone,
with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the
darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld.
While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection
of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his
secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things.

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
In this rousing examination of contemporary American male identity, acclaimed author and journalist
Elizabeth Gilbert explores the fascinating true story of Eustace Conway. In 1977, at the age of seventeen,
Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more
than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped,
and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to
nature. To Gilbert, Conway's mythical character challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be a
modern man in America; he is a symbol of much we feel how our men should be, but rarely are.
    Please note there is mature language present in this piece. Please keep that in mind when you
       make your novel selection. I have chosen this piece because the value of the message outweighs
       the 5 or 6 pieces of foul language.

Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
In 2000, Elizabeth Gilbert's Stern Men debuted to phenomenal critical attention. Now, Penguin is
publishing a new edition of Gilbert's wise and charming novel for the millions of readers who devoured
Eat, Pray, Love and remain hungry for more. Off the coast of Maine, Ruth Thomas is born into a feud
fought for generations by two groups of local lobstermen over fishing rights for the waters that lie
between their respective islands. At eighteen, she has returned from boarding school-smart as a whip,
feisty, and irredeemably unromantic-determined to throw over her education and join the "stern
men"working the lobster boats. Gilbert utterly captures the American spirit through an unforgettable
heroine who is destined for greatness-and love-despite herself.

Finn Mc Cool by Morgan Llywelyn
Somewhere in the shadowy borderland between myth and history lies the territory of Finn Mac Cool.
Mightiest of the Irish heroes, leader of the invincible army of Fianna, he was a man of many faces:
warrior, poet, lover, creator, and destroyer. Finn Mac Cool is a man taken from one of the lowest classes
of Irish society, driven by ambition and strength to rise above his birth and bring new respect and status
to his people.
He had it all and lost it all, but in the end he gained immortality. Finn Mac Cool is a novel of sweeping
historical grandeur and awesome adventure.

Othello by William Shakespeare
Othello, the Moor of Venice is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in
approximately 1603, and based on the Italian short story "Un Capitano Moro" ("A Moorish Captain") by
Cinthio, a disciple of Boccaccio, first published in 1565. The work revolves around four central characters:
Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army; his wife Desdemona; his lieutenant, Cassio; and his
trusted ensign Iago. Because of its varied themes — racism, love, jealousy, and betrayal — Othello is
widely felt to remain relevant to the present day and is often performed in professional and community
theatres alike. The play has also been the basis for numerous operatic, film, and literary adaptations.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
This drama is one of the great tragedy themed plays by William Shakespeare. The themes illustrated in
the play include ambition, fate, deception and treachery.

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