A.P. English Literature and Composition Summer Reading Assignments
1). Book Analysis Papers
Select two novels from the enclosed list and read them over the summer. Be sure to read at least one of your books from list one. Remember that an analysis is not a plot summary. For these first essays you should focus on characterization: How does the way these characters are conveyed help to reveal a theme? Organize your thoughts into a clear thesis and be sure to include three properly cited quotations and a Works Cited page. Each paper should be 500-750 words in length, which usually works out to two to three pages typed and double-spaced.
2).The College Essay
We will be spending some class time in writing workshops to assist you with your college essay. To that end, in late September you will submit a college essay to me. You will find sample questions on any college application form; during this workshop you will choose one for yourself. You should try to write an essay that captures the “real you” on the page, and we will complete some activities in class that will assist you with this.
You can ease some of your apprehension about college decisions by planning to visit a few campuses this summer. If you can arrange interviews while you are there, you will have that much less to deal with in the fall.
Have a great summer!