Ms. Fitch Ms. Grondolsky 12 AP English Tips for a Successful Summer Reading Below you will find our suggestions for your summer reading. Included is a tentative schedule for the beginning of the year, tips on when and how to read, our expectations from you, etc. Have fun and we’ll see you in August! When To Read What You can read the books in any order at any point during the summer, but the bottom line is that we will cover The Poisonwood Bible exclusively on the web forum, The Namesake in the first week of school, and then Jane Eyre (at which time you will begin reading a companion piece to Jane Eyre). Given the complexity of the books (certainly Jane Eyre), it would benefit you to read the novels twice or at least to read them once and then thoroughly review your notes and/ or reread key passages close to the start of school. Our Expectations Regarding Reading We certainly expect all three books to be read, which sounds like a “well, duh, Ms. G and Ms. Fitch!” comment, but what we really mean here is do not substitute with Cliff’s Notes/Spark Notes/Pink Monkey/Readmysummary.com or the film versions of the novels – these sites are not acceptable. Welcome to A.P.! We expect you to have a thorough working knowledge of all of the novels, which includes knowing the all characters’ names (not referring to “that depressed guy” or “the dippy sister whose name starts with G”), the details of the works, and your insight regarding the handouts for both novels. How to Read Whenever we read, whether it be novels, short stories, or poems, we expect you to “work” the text (Work it!). You must underline or notate important information, literary devices (symbols, irony, motifs, etc), thematic connections, key scenes, etc. While philosophically you may disagree with “marginalia,” for this course it is a requirement. Come to class prepared. Other Tips for a Successful Year Biblical and mythological allusions play a big part in our studies for 12 AP Literature. Most of you should have a copy of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology from freshman year. Find it a review the following gods/stories: Zeus Narcissus Poseidon The Gorgons Hera Leda Triton Tantalus Persephone Daedalus/Icarus Castor & Pollux Niobe Demeter Odysseus (the Odyssey) Helen of Troy Apollo Io Europa Poetry analysis is central to our work in preparation for the test. Our poetry anthology, Sound and Sense, is expensive ($95-ish) and we will require you to purchase a new or extremely gently used copy of the fourteenth edition); that means a clean copy – no notes. New copies will be available in our bookstore.