AP Literature and Composition 12 SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS Mrs. Murdock/2012 1. Read one of the following books and write an essay responding to the following prompt from the 2011 AP Exam. Submit your essay in final form (typed, MLA format). Book Choices Alias Grace All the Pretty Horses The Blind Assassin The Bonesetter’s Daughter The God of Small Things The Poisonwood Bible Set This House on Fire The Story of Edgar Sawtelle A Thousand Acres Margaret Atwood Cormac McCarthy Margaret Atwood Amy Tan Arundhati Roy Barbara Kingsolver William Styron David Wroblewski Jane Smiley Essay Prompt In a novel by William Styron, a father tells his son that life “is a search for justice.” Choose a character who responds in some significant way to justice or injustice. Then write a welldeveloped essay in which you analyze the character’s understanding of justice, the degree to which the character’s search for justice is successful, and the significance of this search for the work as a whole. Essays are due on July 13, 2012. 2. Select and read a collection of poems by one of the following poets (or another of literary merit): John Donne Rita Dove W. B. Yeats Christina Rosetti Seamus Heaney Langston Hughes Walt Whitman Robert Hayden E. A. Robinson Eavan Boland e. e. Cummings Emily Dickinson Keep a poetry journal (handwritten or typed) with responses to at least five poems. Your responses should contain the following: The complete text of the poem. Discussion of the meaning of the work as a whole (with text references—quotes). Written analysis of literary devices (i. e., meter, rhyme, figurative language, structure, etc.) that contribute to the meaning of the work as a whole (with text references—more quotes). Poetry Journals are due on July 13, 2012. 3. Read both of the following books. During the first week of school, you will take a test and/or do a timed writing on each. Brave New World (novel) Pygmalian (drama) Aldous Huxley George Bernard Shaw Tests will be given the first week of school. SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS ARE REQUIRED; IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THESE ASSIGNMENTS, YOU MUST CONTACT MR. ASADORIAN BY JULY 13, 2012, TO DROP THE COURSE. See me if you have any questions. If you need to contact me over the summer, email me at [email protected] or call me at 643-1981. Have a great summer!