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Summer Project

2018 AP English Summer Assignment

  • Students must read ALL THREE of the following works of literature:
    • Othello by William Shakespeare
      • Select a novel, play, or epic poem that features a character whose origins are unusual or mysterious. Then write an essay in which you analyze how these origins shape the character and that character’s relationships, and how the origins contribute to the meaning of the work as a whole.
    • Atonement by Ian McEwan
      • A symbol is an object, action, or event that represents something or that creates a range of associations beyond itself. In literary works a symbol can express an idea, clarify meaning, or enlarge literal meaning. Select a novel or play and, focusing on one symbol, write an essay analyzing how that symbol functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole. Do not merely summarize the plot.
    • The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
      • In many works of literature, a main character has a mentor or mentor-like acquaintance whose influence dramatically changes how the character views not only himself or herself, but the world as well. Choose a novel or play in which a mentor exhibits such a strong influence, either beneficial or harmful, on one of the main characters. Then, in a well-organized essay, discuss the nature of the mentor’s influence and its significance to the work as a whole.
      • Students will be required to write an arguable, thought-provoking and insightful thesis statement for each of the 3 works using the prompts provided. All 3 thesis statements are due on the first day of English class (10 points per thesis = 30 points).
      • Students will be required to write an in-class essay the first week of the new academic year on one of the novels selected by the instructor.
      • Students will be expected to use the thesis statement they wrote for the work in question.
  • You will be taking a literary terms test during the first week of school on the following terms (20 points):

Sentences:  loose, periodic, balanced, declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative; syntax function and form

Literary terms:  Tone, Mood, Symbol, Syntax, Apostrophe (not the punctuation mark), Antithesis, Personification, Assonance, Metaphor, Diction, Simile, Point of View, Paradox, Imagery, Hyperbole, Denotation, Understatement, Allusion, Irony, Connotation.

  • Complete the AP English Literature Biblical Religious allusions sheet (20 points).
  • Read a poem from the works of an AP recommended poet (list is on the WHS website) and fill out the poetry worksheet (20 points). You must also print a copy of the poem on which to write your annotations regarding found poetic devices, theme, structure/form, genre, historical background…Your poem must be heavily notated; show your thinking as quantity and quality of annotations will determine your score on this assignment
  • Create a Literary Criticism PPT (20 points). See worksheet for directions.

ALL WORK is DUE the first day of school and an essay within the FIRST TWO WEEKS of school. Your project will be worth 110 points total!

Note: All reading lists and worksheets will be available on the WHS website – Home page- in May!