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AP Language and Composition Summer Work
2017-2018 School Year
Welcome to Advanced Placement Language and Composition! I look forward to our year together. The following is your summer work for the 2017-2018 school year.
This assignment will be due on 9/8/2017.
Read one book on the College Board's list of 101 books for college-bound readers. The link is available here and on Facebook on a page called "Mrs. Terhune's Summer Work." The site listed also offers descriptions to help you make your selection. This should be a text you have not previously read, whether independently or in another course. There are also a few titles on the list I would like you to omit from your selections: To Kill A Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, The Crucible, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Once you have finished reading the text, type a 3-4 page analysis in which you discuss your thoughts on the book overall. What would be your position on the text after reading it? This should be a debatable stance on the text. Someone might argue your position with an opposing perspective. It should not just be factual information about the text. Please use specific examples from the text to support your position. Make your argument central and avoid plot summary. The thesis of this paper should be your position on the text as a whole and your thoughts on the message conveyed by the author.
Sample thesis for Lord of the Flies:
While William Golding aims to argue that humanity is inherently evil, he undermines this idea by introducing a character who is innately pure and instead shows that there is the capacity for good within all of us.
This statement would serve as my thesis and I would support my position with specific evidence from the text.
Feel free to email me over the summer if you have questions regarding the summer work or the course itself (email@example.com). Have a great summer and I look forward to meeting you in the fall!