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2017 Summer Readings

AP 11

Summer reading is an integral part of the AP 11 year. Please make sure you read all the books carefully and complete the accompanying assignments thoroughly.  I will be collecting all written work on the first day of school; no late work will be accepted. We will be discussing the books on the first day of school so it is vital to come to class fully prepared.

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

  1. Find three examples of color imagery that contribute to the development of one of the narrative elements. 

    i.e. “ And there were other sensations that drew them together…intensely blue shadows of hemlocks on sunlight snow.” (13) Wharton paints Mattie and Ethan using bright, rich colors to instantly show the reader that Mattie fills Ethan’s stark existence with life and vivacity. She does this early on so the relationship is firmly established and the contrast with Zeena later on is even more apparent.

  2. Choose one symbol and discuss its significance to the work as a whole.

  3. With what character do you most sympathize? Defend your response.

Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

Please respond in thoughtfully crafted paragraphs supported with textual evidence when appropriate.

  1. What themes or motifs run through all three stories?

  2. Which vignette did you find most intriguing or compelling? Explain your choice.

  3. In what genre (s) would you classify the novel? Justify your response.

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

  1. As you’re reading keep a running list of things you’ve learned about each of the presidents Vowell discusses.

  2. Vowell frequently uses humor in situations that are not usually treated with humor. Find three instances of her humor that you enjoyed. Please cite examples with page number.

The works will be analyzed closely in the first week of school in a graded discussion format. Please do not omit any of the readings. You will find yourself immediately behind in a fast paced class. Please be sure to read the work not watch the film that may be tangentially based on the book. In all cases, the film is radically different from the book and you will cheat yourself out of the pleasure of interacting with the text.

During the summer, I have sporadic access to my email. Should you have any questions about the assignments or books, you should discuss them with me before the end of school. Should a really pressing question arise during the summer you may contact me at msauter2@bcps.org but please do not expect an immediate response.

AP 12

Reading a variety of authors and levels is essential to a comprehensive understanding of literature. To foster this end, please avail yourself of the summer to expand your literary horizons. All work for the books must be completed prior to the beginning of school; we will begin working with the texts on the first day of school. I will be collecting all your written work on the first day of school.   

1.   Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany OR The Cider House Rules** by John Irving

  2. Grendel by John Gardner OR

     Deerskin  by Robin McKinley OR

    Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Identify and describe an aspect of Brave New World that you find:

  1. Disturbing

  2. Intriguing

  3. Admirable

  4. Ironic

  5. Recognizable in our society today

Each letter should be a cogent paragraph clearly identifying the aspect and why you found it to fulfill the question.

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

  1. Discuss Mc Murphy as a Christ figure.

  2. What is Kesey’s message about oppression and oppressors?

  3. Is the end of the novel optimistic? Defend your answer.

     

    A Prayer for Owen Meany OR The Cider House Rules** by John Irving 

  1. Analyze the novel using one of the following literary approaches: formalistic, feminist, psychological, philosophical or sociological. This should be a well developed essay employing a thoughtful thesis statement and supported with textual evidence. Please cite all sources including the novel.

     

** The Cider House Rules is a novel in which abortion plays a pivotal role in narrative element development. If you find this to be too distracting to analyze the novel carefully, please do not choose it for analysis.

 

Grendel OR Deerskin OR Spindle’s End

 

  1. Choose a well loved tale from our shared canon. It might be a fairy tale or a story of a similar nature. Create your own version of the tale. You should incorporate the iconic moments and images of the story. I do not expect your story to be more than five pages. If you would like to create a picture book, consider storybird.com.  https://storybird.com/create/ 

As you’re reading:

Find an example of each of the following literary devices. Please include the actual text with appropriate citation.

  1. Allusion                                               6. invective

  2. Anaphora                                            7. hyperbole

  3. Antithesis                                            8. litotes

  4. Apostrophe                                         9. polysyndeton

  5. Asyndeton                                          10. symbol

 

i.e. anaphora: the repetition of similar words or phrases at the beginning of a phrase or clause

With the hot, mid-day sun burning down upon her face, and lighting up its shame; with the scarlet token of infamy on her breast; with the sin-born infant in her arms; with a whole people, drawn forth… (Hawthorne 59)

 

The works will be analyzed closely in the first week of school in a graded discussion format. Please do not omit any of the readings. You will find yourself immediately behind in a fast paced class. Please be sure to read the work not watch the film that may be tangentially based on the book. In all cases, the film is radically different from the book and you will cheat yourself out of the pleasure of interacting with the text.

During the summer, I have sporadic access to my email. Should you have any questions about the assignments or books, you should discuss them with me before the end of school. Should a really pressing question arise during the summer you may contact me at msauter2@bcps.org but please do not expect an immediate response.