AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION SUMMER READING
BOOK ASSIGNMENT: Choose a nonfiction or fiction text from the list below; read it over the summer, and
complete each of the written assignments for your chosen book.
The Warrior Woman: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin and
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour
Native Son by Richard Wright
I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Assignments for Your Nonfiction or Fiction Choice (These assignments should be ready to turn in to your
teacher on the day of your summer reading assessment.) ALL OF YOUR NOTES MUST BE IN YOUR OWN
1. Top 10 Sentences—Select ten examples of interesting syntax* from the text. For each example:
Write the sentence, complete with page number citation in MLA format.
Analyze the use of this sentence in the context of the text.
Write your own sentence in the same syntactical structure.
*Examples of unusual syntax:
“Brother, continue to listen. You say that you are sent to instruct us how to worship the Great Spirit agreeably to his
mind; and, if we do not take hold of the religion which you white people teach, we shall be unhappy hereafter. You
say that you are right and we are lost. How do we know this to be true?” –Chief Red Jacket, “Chief Red Jacket
Rejects a Change of Religion” (repetition of the phrase “you say” in order to reflect that the Native American chief
sees the white man as an outsider and cares little for his opinion.)
“I slowed still more, my shadow pacing me, dragging its head through the weeds that hid the fence.” –William
Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner uses commas in his sentence to slow down the sentence and reflect on
what the character is doing—walking slowly to somewhere he does not want to go.)
2. Analysis Chart—If you selected a novel, use the TPCASTT chart provided. If you read a nonfiction work,
complete the SOAPSTone chart.
“KNOW STUFF” ARTICLE ASSIGNMENT—In
order to be critical members of society (and successful
in AP English Language), you have to know what is going on in the world around you. You also need to know
that “just the facts” can be considerably more or less the facts, depending on what the news source would you like
you to believe. So, throughout the course of the summer, choose an article each week—they must be dated from
five different weeks—and write a short (one or two paragraphs) rhetorical analysis of the item. Follow the steps
below for each of your five articles.
1. Find a current news item—NOT an opinion piece.
2. Write a short rhetorical analysis of the item (a brief summary of the article with at least two direct quotations;
include an analysis of the writer’s/article’s bias). Consider that a writer may have bias. A writer may be
biased toward or against something. You must carefully read a biased writer.
3. You must rotate among conservative, liberal, and non-US news sources (see the list to the right).
4. You may choose a news source not on the list, but it must be reputable—if in doubt, just clear it with me first.