AP Literature Summer Reading Assignments 2016-17 Revised

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To:           AP Literature Students

From:       Ms. Hutchinson      laura.hutchinson@bcsemail.org

Date:        May 26, 2016

Re:           Summer Reading Assignments

If you have recently read the Hunger Games trilogy or at least seen any of the movies, you have already been exposed to the literary genre of the dystopian novel.  Your summer reading novels will further immerse you in this genre, as you explore novelists who predicted much of the reality of today’s scientific and technological innovations.     

          1984 (by George Orwell)                        and                   Brave New World (by Aldous Huxley)

In addition to these two novels, you will also read How to Read Literature Like a Professor.

All of the assignments below will be collected on the first day of class, and a test on all three books will be given on the second day.  In addition, many assignments and discussions during the first nine weeks are based on these books.  Please make sure you have read them thoroughly and are prepared to discuss them intelligently.

Assignments for Novels:

*Read each novel carefully. You will write two essays using the AP Prompts listed below.  You should use textual support, providing in-text documentation consisting of quotes with page numbers in parentheses.

AP Essays:  You will write two essays one for each novel choosing from the AP prompts listed below.   You must select two different prompts:

2012 Prompt:  And after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency.”  Pauline Hopkins, Contending Forces

Choose a novel or play in which cultural, physical, or geographical surroundings shape psychological or moral traits in a character. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how surroundings affect this character and illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole.  Do not merely summarize the plot

2007 Form B Prompt:  Works of literature often depict acts of betrayal.  Friends and even family may betray a protagonist; main characters may likewise be guilty of treachery or may betray their own values. Select a novel or play that includes such acts of betrayal. Then, in a well-written essay, analyze the nature of the betrayal and show how it contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.

2003 Form B Prompt:  Novel and plays often depict characters caught between colliding cultures – national, regional, ethnic, religious, institutional. Such collisions can call a character’s sense of identity into question. Select a novel or play in which a character responds to such a cultural collision. Then write a well-organized essay in which you describe the character’s response and explain its relevance to the work as a whole.

1995 Prompt:  Writers often highlight the values of a culture or a society by using characters who are alienated from that culture or society because of gender, race, class, or creed. Choose a novel or a play in which such a character plays a significant role, show how that character’s alienation reveals the surrounding society’s assumptions or moral values, and explain the relevance of the character’s alienation to the work as a whole.

1991 Prompt:  Many plays and novels use contrasting places (for example, two countries, two cities or towns, two houses, or the land and the sea) to represent opposed forces or ideas that are central to the meaning of the work. Choose a novel or play that contrasts two such places. Write an essay explaining how the places differ, what each place represents, and how their contrast contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.

1970 Prompt with Hutchinson Revision:  Choose a character from a novel or play of recognized literary merit and write an essay in which you (a) briefly describe the standards of the fictional society in which the character exists, (b) show how the character is affected by and responds to those standards, and (c) discuss the significance of this relationship (character and society) on the work as a whole. In your essay do not merely summarize the plot.

“Work as a whole” Component:  This means to discuss how the concept supports a theme or develops a specific tone in the work using specific examples.  It should be a separate paragraph before the conclusion.

Note:  All work should be typed and double spaced in 12pt. Times New Roman font.  The AP essays should be five paragraphs using your best writing skills.  Using textual evidence will make your essay stronger.  The length should be approximately 2 ½-3 typed pages. You are encouraged to email me over the summer if you have questions or concerns. I will be out of town from July 9-16, so don’t expect responses then.  Otherwise, I will check my email every two days or so.


Assignment for How to Read Literature Like a Professor           

Read this book taking brief notes on each chapter.  You will use your notes to prepare for the test items.  

I have a limited supply of books, so many of you will need to purchase them or borrow them from a local library as I do not have copies to assign for everyone.  If you cannot find the text at a library, and this is a financial hardship for you, please see me and I will work something out for you.  

Total Assignments:  2 Essays, 1 test on all three books. 

NCGP Note:  If you are completing the project portion of the NCGP over the summer, you must take photographs (on several different days) of yourself engaged in the project with your mentor.  You should have several pictures from different days/hours.  It is also a good idea to complete your journal for the project hours.  One hour of project time = a substantial paragraph.  Also, be sure to have your mentor verify your hours and complete the mentor final evaluation form.


Last Modified on May 26, 2016