2015/2016 AP Literature and Composition Summer Reading Assignment (12th Grade) Gulfport High School All Advanced Placed Senior English students should be prepared to find and read TWO texts over the summer: 1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster 2. Your choice of ONE of the following three books: a. Their Eyes Were Watching God by: Zora Neale Hurston b. The Grapes of Wrath by: John Steinbeck c. Pride and Prejudice by: Jane Austen Each student is responsible for completing THREE assignments over the summer (Even if you don’t have English until Second Semester, your summer work is DUE when school starts in AUGUST). Assignment 1: You will create a student profile to assist teachers and counselors with your college application process. Directions: On the Gulfport High School website, you will find a tab for Students. On the Student page, you will find a link for a Student Profile in Google File format. Each AP and Accelerated Senior English student is responsible for completing this student profile BEFORE returning to school in the fall. This profile will be set up to help each of you when applying for college and scholarships in the fall. Every student is responsible for completing this form accurately and in its entirety. Assignment 2: This assignment will correspond with the required reading of Foster’s book, How to Read Literature like a Professor. Directions: Read the book before reading the other book. You will turn in a journal to go along with this reading. In your journal notebook, you will completely answer the journal questions which go along with each chapter of the text. Your answers should be in-depth, specific, and detailed, not superficial. Your questions are attached. Assignment 3: In order to complete this assignment, you must choose one of the three works listed above. You are responsible for reading the work of Literature, and you must complete the summer reading assignment below. You will also have a writing assignment and quiz on the work when classes begin in August. Please make sure to read the work ON YOUR OWN, and do not rely on any other work besides what you choose (i.e. the movie, SparkNotes, etc.). Directions: Complete a Major Works Detail Sheet. Each Detail Sheet must contain the following categories. The way you put this information together is totally up to you (Chart, Typed, Handwritten, Journal, etc). These are the areas that should be covered for each work. 1. Historical information 2. Biographical information 3. Characteristics of the genre 4. Plot summary 5. Author’s style of writing with examples 6. Memorable quotes (at least 12 quotes from all parts of the novel) Include page numbers for all quotes and be sure to include reasoning, explanation, etc. 7. Characters and significance 8. Setting 9. Symbols (At least five) 10. Themes (At least two) 11. Significance of the opening scene/event 12. Significance of the closing scene/event This concludes the information on summer assignments. If you have any questions, feel free to email either Mrs. Whitworth or Mrs. Gunkel for more information. Make sure each assignment you turn in is YOUR OWN and not the same as a classmate’s. Plagiarism on any of these assignments is unacceptable as well, and both copying and plagiarism will result in a zero for each assignment. The student will also have to do a new assignment chosen by the teacher. Feel free to read reviews of these works when choosing your optional work. I look forward to teaching each of you next year! Have a great summer! Good Luck! See You all Soon!