Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Summer Reading
AP English Language and Composition is a course designed to be the equivalent in rigor of a college course in rhetoric, literature studies, and composition. The focus of AP Language and Composition is an intensive analysis of both fiction and non-fiction. In AP Language and Composition we focus on author's establishment and development of argument. While you are probably more familiar with analyzing theme and character, while reading this summer, we would like to have you direct more of your attention to the kind of argument/agenda your authors present and the strategies your authors use to create the argument. Read BOTH books listed below AND complete the accompanying assignment. These texts are models for you to develop as writers and thinkers.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
As you actively read, please consider: What seems to be the author's central argument or thesis? How does the writer develop and support that argument? What sections of the book are most persuasive and powerful? Which sections of the book are less persuasive or ineffective? What are some other strengths and weaknesses of the text? Are there perspectives, facts, circumstances, etc. that the writer could consider more thoroughly that challenge or complicate the central argument of the book?
Please be prepared to bring this book to class during the first two weeks of class.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Actively read, underline, highlight, talk back to the author, question the author, circle symbols and make notes in the margin of the literary devices the author uses. Keep asking: What does this mean? What might the author's purpose be in this section of the novel? What are the prevailing tones of the narration during key scenes? What statements does the author make through character? Through setting? Your annotations should be your running commentary, your analysis, observations and interpretation of the author's style, purpose, and idea.
Please bring your text with you on the first day of class and be prepared to show your thoughtful annotations and post-it notes.
An essential part of being successful in AP Language is building your vocabulary skills along with increasing your ability to analyze both fiction and nonfiction texts. You must complete this assignment before the first day of class on August 21, 2017.