11th Grade AP English Language Summer assignments- 2015 You will be reading a variety of texts that explore a wide range of topics. This class will enable you to create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and personal experience. You will analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical devices and techniques. Please purchase a durable notebook for literary notes. We will call this our reader’s notebook. You will start the notebook in the summer and continue using it during the course of the school year. The summer entries will be due the second week of school. ( September 19th) Organizing the reader’s notebook: On the title line, record the title of the work along with the author. Fold the paper in half so that you have 2 columns. In the left column, you will paraphrase or quote resources (quotes are preferred). Note the page number/s in parentheses. In the right column, you make observations. These could be about literary concepts, diction, style choices, connections, questions, explanations as to why you feel the quote is important… You will read two novels over the summer: Into the Wild and Fahrenheit 451. Additionally, you will find current and interesting events to summarize. 1. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Please collect 10 passages (these may be brief) which you find important. Record them in the reader’s notebook. Explain what intrigued you about the passage. Make a connection to something you have experienced, read, or heard about. write a personal/ reflective response to the following question: Did Christopher McCandless die happy? Use text and show your knowledge of the book from start to finish. Also, try to make connections to your own life, choices, and experiences. This should be around 500 words. This may be informal. Demonstrate your knowledge of essay structure. This response will be submitted to turnitin.com 2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury As you read the novel collect 10 passages which you find of thematic, stylistic or symbolic importance. Explain them and why they are important in your reader’s notebook. In an essay, identify one aspect of American life that Bradbury seems to critique in the novel. Bradbury has been heralded as a prophet, one who recognizes issues that prove to be problematic in our world today. Define a problem that Bradbury seems to highlight. Bradbury’s critiques might reflect upon values, hobbies, relationships, political correctness, and censorship. Then defend, challenge or qualify the validity of this critique in our modern world. In this essay you are showing not only your knowledge of the novel; but also your ability to connect to current issues. Essay Submission: You will submit your writing assignments (Into the Wild happy response and Fahrenheit 451 societal criticism) via Turnitin.com. For those of you who have never used this site and/or have forgotten how to enroll, the directions are as follows: Go to http://www.turnitin.com/static/index.html If you have an account, login. o If you do NOT have an account use the following link: http://www.turnitin.com/login_page.asp?err=1&lang=en_us Click on "create a user profile" and follow the instructions Next, you need to enroll...use the following: Class ID: 10039784 Password: APlang Once you have completed this, find the Assignment for each novel and submit the essays. Into the Wild is due by Aug. 15th and Fahrenheit is due by Aug.22th. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org Or contact me via schoology with the access code N4SCH-JDJ5S (the last two are number 5 and letter s) Please do not sign up until after June 12th because I need to delete my current students. 3. Find three interesting newspaper or magazine articles (an online publications such as the New York Times or CNN.com are fine) which are at least 250 words. You will need to these articles and then highlight the thesis or main idea in it. For these you will write a précis- this is a very succinct summary, with very definite instructions. The form of a précis follows. It is only a 4-5 sentence summary. This will be typed and included with the current article. This is due on the second day of school. Precis Format: Name of author [optional: a phrase describing author], genre and title of work [date and additional publishing information in parenthesis]; a rhetorically accurate verb (such as "assert," "argue," “suggest," "imply," "claim," etc.); and a THAT clause containing the major assertion (thesis statement) of the work. An explanation of how the author develops and/or supports the thesis, usually in chronological order – always identifying the rhetorical mode(s) employed. This is the longest sentence in the essay A statement of the author's apparent purpose (introduce with the infinitive “to”). A description of the intended audience and/or the relationship the author establishes with the audience. Many times we incorporate tone here also. Student example- follow this formula: Bell Hooks, in her essay “Women Who Write too Much”(1999), suggests that all dissident writers, particularly black female writers, face enormous time pressures, for if they are not prodigious, they are never noticed by mainstream publishers. She supports her position first by describing her early writing experiences that taught her to “not be afraid of the writing process”; second, by explaining her motives for writing, including “political activism”; and lastly, by affirming her argument, stressing that people must strategically schedule their writing and “make much of that time.” Her two-pronged purpose is to respond to critics and to encourage minority writers to develop their own voice. Although at times her writing seems almost didactic, hooks ultimately establishes a companionable relationship with her audience of both critics and women who seek to improve the effectiveness of their own writing.