Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Summer Reading
Students enrolled in AP Literature and Composition will be required to read two (2) selections, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Students will be evaluated during the first weeks of the school year on these summer readings. Evaluations may be essay, objective test, oral response, or a combination.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
This modern novel tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries.