AP Language and Composition (11th grade English) Summer Assignment 2015 Contact Information: Jennifer Humbard: email@example.com Melanie Huynh-Duc: firstname.lastname@example.org Summer Reading Materials: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Due Dates: Monday, August 24 (the first day of school): Double Entry Text Analysis Journal (preferably typed) for The Scarlet Letter Monday, August 31: Test on both works of summer reading Description of Assignment: RATIONALE: An essential aspect of college-level critical reading and writing is deep analysis of the text. Reading is often too passive of an experience for many students. One way to get students involved is through the use of a dialectical journal. WHAT IS IT? A double-entry, note-taking process done while reading. You transfer a reader’s interior monologue on paper by providing two columns in dialogue with each other (see back for example). This encourages critical reading as well as reflective questioning/thinking. STUDENT TASK: Draw a line down a middle of a piece of paper, or make two columns in a Word document. The left column is labeled “text” which will be where you provide direct quotations from The Scarlet Letter. Be sure these quotes properly represent the beginning, middle, and end of the novel (at least one from each chapter). In the right column, comment on the left-column’s quotes, and analyze the text. Record questions, comments, and ideas next to the text that has piqued your interest. **DO NOT USE QUOTES FROM SPARK NOTES, CLIFF NOTES, GRADESAVER, PINK MONKEY, or the like. Those quotes will not be accepted.** FORMAT: (see back for example) RUBRIC: Format and presentation: ____/ 10 o Student name, name of text and section of text at the top? o Legible handwriting or typewritten Notes and Citations column (left side): ____/20 o For each chapter of text, is there at least one direct quote? o Is each citation correctly quoted and punctuated with a page number? Comments/analysis column (right side): ____/70 o Is the commentary/analysis in full sentences? Does the commentary/ analysis directly comment on the left quote? o Is each commentary/analysis a true comment/analysis, or is it simply summarizing? Is the commentary/analysis insightful? Does it reveal something unique and original about the text? Total: ____/ 100 points (5 points) (5 points) (15 points) (5 points) (20 points) (50 points) Student Name: _________________________________ Name of text (correctly punctuated): ________________ Class Period: ________ Chapter of text: ______ TEXT COMMENTARY/ANALYSIS “Citation….” (pp). Commentary on the reference; your thoughts, evaluations, judgments, comparisons, contrasts, analysis of the language and ideas in the text. Is there a connection to other information? How would you analyze the tone? See DIDYLS explanation below. “…to perceive how her beauty shone out, and made a halo of the misfortune and ignominy in which she was enveloped” (46). This quote stood out to me because of the personification of “her beauty.” Hawthorne’s use of figurative language effectively stresses that true innocence overcomes the shame and disgrace put upon Hester. Furthermore, the word choice Hawthorne uses is ironic: the juxtaposition of “halo” and “ignominy” could foreshadow events that her ‘sin’ will not be as significant as her genuine innocence. How to analyze the author’s tone: DIDLS Diction- The connotation of the word choice. What words does the author choose? Consider his/her word choice compared to another. Why did the author choose that particular word? What are the connotations of that word choice? Images- Vivid appeals to understanding through the senses. What images does the author use? What does he/she focus on in a sensory (sight, touch, taste, smell, etc.) way? The kinds of images the author puts in or leaves out reflects his/her style? Are they vibrant? Prominent? Plain? Details-Facts that are included or those that are omitted. What details does the author choose to include? What do they imply? What does the author choose to exclude? Language- The overall use of language, such as formal, clinical, jargon. What is the overall impression of the language the author uses? Does it reflect education? A particular profession? Intelligence? Is it plain? Ornate? Simple? Clear? Figurative? Poetic? Syntax- How the structure affects the reader’s attitude. What are the sentences like? Are they simple with one or two clauses? Do they have multiple phrases? Are they choppy? Flowing? Is there antithesis, chiasmus, parallel construction? What emotional impression do they leave?