AP Literature and Composition 12 SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS Mrs. Murdock/2014 1. Read one of the following books and write an essay responding to the prompt from the 2014 AP Exam. Book Choices The Age of Innocence The Memory Keeper’s Daughter Oryx and Crake The Poisonwood Bible A Prayer for Owen Meany A Streetcar Named Desire Tess of the d’Urbervilles A Thousand Acres The Women of Brewster Place Edith Wharton Kim Edwards Margaret Atwood Barbara Kingsolver John Irving Tennessee Williams Thomas Hardy Jane Smiley Gloria Naylor Essay Prompt It has often been said that what we value can be determined only by what we sacrifice. Consider how this statement applies to a character from a novel or play. Select a character that has deliberately sacrificed, surrendered, or forfeited something in a way that highlights the character’s values. Then write a wellorganized essay in which you analyze how the particular sacrifice illuminates the character’s values and provides a deeper understanding of the meaning of the work as a whole. Support your response with specific text references, using MLA citations. ESSAY IS DUE JULY 11, 2014. 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 Billy Collins W.H. Auden Natasha Trethewey Keep a poetry journal (handwritten or typed) with responses to at least five poems. Your responses should be in paragraph form and 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 JOURNAL IS DUE JULY 11, 2014. 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. I have limited copies of these that I will check out for the summer. Brave New World Silas Marner Aldous Huxley George Eliot 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 11, 2014, 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!