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Summer Reading Assignments Summer Reading Assignments

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The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to substitute for a college composition course; therefore, you will be required to read complex texts with understanding as well as to enrich your prose in order to communicate your ideas effectively to mature audiences.  You will learn how to analyze and interpret exemplary writing by discerning and explaining the author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques, eventually applying many of these techniques to your own writing.  In order to prepare for our seminars, you are required to read, annotate and log a selection of texts over the summer. You are expected to complete these assignments and submit them on the first day. 


Required Texts:

Hartzell, Richard – The Princeton Review: Cracking the AP English Language and Composition Exam 2013 (or later) edition, ISBN: 9780307945112

Heinrichs, Jay – Thank You for Arguing, ISBN: 9780307341440

Peterson and Brereton, eds. – The Norton Reader 12th Edition, ISBN: 0393929485. 




Please read, and annotate (do not log):

The Norton Reader—“Reading With a Writer’s Eye” and “Strategies for Writing”: pp. xx-lv.

Cracking the AP English Language and Composition Exam—Part 1 “Welcome to the Exam” pp. 1-9

Thank You For Arguing in its entirety – see specific instructions below

Please read, annotate and log (see log expectations on “Close Reading” handout):

Eighner, Lars: “On Dumpster Diving” The Norton Reader pp. 20-29

Mairs, Nancy: “On Being a Cripple” The Norton Reader pp. 59-68

McMurtry, John: “Kill ‘Em! Crush ‘Em! Eat ‘Em Raw” The Norton Reader pp. 354-359

Rauch, Jonathan: “In Defense of Prejudice” The Norton Reader pp. 680-688

Roach, Mary: “How To Know If You’re Dead” The Norton Reader pp. 282-295

Woolf, Virginia:  “In Search of a Room of One’s Own” The Norton Reader pp. 1074-1084


NOTE: Before tackling the texts above, please read the handouts “Close Reading and Reader Response” and the chapters from the textbooks.  These texts provide an introduction to rhetorical analysis as well as methods of annotation and expectations for your log. You should read these texts efferently (to glean information).  You should read the remaining selections aesthetically (to analyze rhetorical strategies and arguments). 



For each of the five sections:

·     Write a summary of least 5 key points in the section, providing textual support

·     Develop at least one clarifying question for each section (what you still don’t understand from that section and/or want to learn about in class). Make sure to reference the text specifically.


·     You will respond to a prompt on one of the assigned essays on the first full day of the course.

·     If you want to contact Mr. Gunnar, please use this email address:  rgunnar@jeffco.k12.co.us

·     If you want to contact Mr. Stotts, please use this email address:  bstotts@jeffco.k12.co.us   

·     If you lose a handout, visit www.mrgunnar.net. 


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