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SHS Reads: AP Lit and Comp

Links to summer reading requirements and other resources to promote reading.

A.P. English Literature and Composition Summer Reading Assignments

1) Read How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Print copies available in the library

​Please stop by the library to obtain a copy of this book. Read through this text thoroughly, creating a summarized guide for yourself in a Google Document. The guide should summarize each chapter of the text and include important information from each chapter. You should take notes on things that you think are important or new information that you are gathering. This guide will help you reference this text throughout the year while reading works of literature.  

2)  Book Analysis Paper - some print options available in the SHS library

Select one novel from this list and read it over the summer.  You will then be writing an analytical paper about the book. Remember that an analysis is not a plot summary.  For this essay you should focus on characterization: How does the way characters are conveyed contribute to the meaning of the work as a whole (theme)? Choose one character for this essay. Feel free to reference How to Read Literature Like a Professor when analyzing the character. Organize your thoughts into a clear thesis and be sure to include properly cited quotations and a Works Cited page.  Your paper should be around 700-900 words in length, which usually works out to 3-4 pages. One important thing to keep in mind is that you do not need to follow the traditional "5 paragraph essay." You should play around with structure and paragraphing.

3) The College Essay

We will be spending some class time in writing workshops to assist you with your college essay.  Over the summer, review the Common App essay prompts or any college application form. Choose an essay question and begin brainstorming ideas for a narrative that captures the “real you” – one that can be used during our writing workshop. 

Please email Mrs. Sennett with any questions:

Have a great summer!

2022 Google Classroom Code: wrsont6

Available print books have been pulled and are available to check-out for the summer.