AP Literature Summer Assignment

AP Literature Summer Reading


Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is a senior English course taught at a college level with the content, approaches, and expectations commensurate with a college English course.  This is a course which analyzes how an author makes meaning; it deals in elements of style analysis in the novel, drama, and poetry. Students are expected to bring the same dedication, enthusiasm, and scholarly acumen to all their efforts in the class so that we may all learn from one another through various approaches.


Students must complete an in depth reading of the following works of literature before the first day of school:


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

East of Eden by John Steinbeck


Take notes as you read.  If you buy copies of the books, highlight and write marginal notes.  This will help you review quickly and efficiently when you need to. Reading response journals may be substituted for the highlighting and annotation for both novels if you choose or if you read library copies.  If you decide to use the journal, draw a vertical line down the center of each page. On the left-hand side, copy significant quotations which express character development or a theme of the work, for example. On the right-hand side, explain why you think this quotation significant.  There are no maximum or minimum requirements; use good judgment. All notes made during reading will be allowed in class for assignment and testing purposes.


The summer may seem long and limitless in June, but August will be here before you know it.  Set a schedule for yourself and stick with it. Don’t wait until the last few days to read these books.


Have fun!


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