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English Language Arts

AP & Pre-AP Summer Assignments


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A recommendation for an AP class comes with responsibility. Students will be required to produce college level work their junior and senior years in high school AP classes, and are expected to do homework, reading and assignments over holidays and breaks, as well as summer reading and accompanying assignments. In turn, your child could possibly earn college credits, build college skills, and be on track for college admissions requirements.

The high school English department requires the following summer reading:

  • Incoming freshmen - Animal Farm by George Orwell and accompanying packet
  • Incoming sophomores - The Pearl by John Steinbeck allegory essay and assignment
  • Incoming juniors/seniors - How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, a book chosen off the AP summer reading list, and assignment

These books are available for purchase at local bookstores, online, or may be checked out at a public library. The assignments will be on the Faith Family Academy website under the Pre-AP/AP tab. A hard copy will be provided as well. Assignments are due the first day of class of the 2016-17 school year.

For more information on the AP program, go to:

English II Pre-AP

The Pearl Allegory Assignment

Pre-AP English II

During the summer, you are required to read The Pearl by John Steinbeck. You must purchase your own copy of the book; it can be found on or in local bookstores.

When you have finished reading, complete the literary analysis essay assignment. Make sure you complete both parts of the assignment. You must have these ready to tum Into your PreAP English II teacher on the first day of class or you will be removed from Pre-AP.

Download the assignment here.

AP English III & IV

This assignment is due to your AP Language and Composition teacher the first day of class. You MUST HAVE this assignment completed and ready to turn in on the first day of school or you will be automatically dropped from the AP class and placed in a regular English III class.

PART 1: You will need to purchase two books. The first book is How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. You can find this on to purchase, or at a bookstore. In addition to purchasing How to Read Literature like a Professor, you will need to choose one title off this list and purchase it as well.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

PART II: Read How to Read Literature like a Professor. As you read, annotate, take notes, or summarize to help you comprehend and retain what you are reading. You also need to fill out the first column on the following graphic organizer by defining each literary device, symbol, archetype, etc. that is discussed in that chapter.

Then, begin reading your novel. As you read your novel, find examples of the common literary devices, archetypes, symbols, themes, etc. that were mentioned in How to Read Literature like a Professor. Notate these examples on the following graphic organizer by giving the direct quote (or a well-written summary if it is longer than three or four sentences) and explaining the connection between the two books.

Not every novel will have an example of the device found in every chapter of How to Read Literature like a Professor; however, you are required to have at least twenty lines filled out in the graphic organizer below. Extra lines will count as extra credit.

Download the graphic organizer here.

Scoring Guide

Literary Analysis Scoring Guide

9-8 With apt and specific references to the story, these well-organized and well-written essays clearly analyze how Steinbeck uses symbolism to create an allegory. The best of these essays will acknowledge the complexity of this allegory. While not without flaws, these papers will demonstrate an understanding of the text as well as consistent control over the elements of effective composition. These writers read with perception and express their ideas with clarity and skill.

7-6 These papers also analyze how Steinbeck uses symbolism to create an allegory, but they are less incisive, developed, or aptly supported than papers in the highest ranges. They deal accurately with technique as the means by which a writer created an allegory, but they are less effective or less thorough in their analysis than are the 9-8 essays. These essays demonstrate the writer's ability to express ideas clearly, but they do so with less maturity and precision than the best papers. Generally, 7 papers present a more developed analysis and a more consistent command of the elements of effective composition than do essays scored 6.

5 These essays are superficial. They respond to the assignment without important errors in composition, but they may miss the complexity of Steinbeck's use of literary techniques and offer a perfunctory analysis of how those techniques are used to create an allegory. Often, the analysis is vague, mechanical, or overly generalized. While the writing is adequate to convey the writer's thoughts, these essays are typically pedestrian, not as well conceived, organized, or developed as upper-half papers. Usually, they reveal simplistic thinking and/or immature writing.

4-3 These lower-half papers reflect an incomplete understanding of The Pearl and fail to respond adequately to the question. The discussion of how Steinbeck uses symbolism to create an allegory may be inaccurate or unclear, misguided or undeveloped; these papers may paraphrase rather than analyze. The analysis of technique will likely be meager and unconvincing. Generally, the writing demonstrates weak control of such elements as diction, organization, syntax, or grammar. These essays typically contain recurrent stylistic flaws and/or misreadings and lack of persuasive evidence from the text.

2-1 These essays compound the weaknesses of the papers in the 4-3 range. They seriously misunderstand The Pearl or fail to respond to the question. Frequently, they are unacceptably brief. Often poorly written on several counts, they may contain many distracting errors in grammar and mechanics. Although some attempt may have been made to answer the question, the writer's views typically are presented with little clarity, organization, coherence, or supporting evidence. Essays that are especially inexact, vacuous, and/or mechanically unsound should be scored 1.

0 This is a response with no more than a reference to the task or no response at all.

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