Summer Reading for PAP / AP English Courses
Included with this introduction is a full copy of each task within the summer assignment. Students may opt to view and complete the assignment digitally on Google Docs that I have included in Google Classroom. Handwritten work must be neatly written in blue or black ink on the example forms or on standard notebook paper. Do not use spiral or composition notebooks.
Carefully read the instructions. Some items you can respond to with simple phrases and statements but cite the source. Others must be complete sentences with citations . Section 7 is a single sentence answer, but it must be a thesis statement. Section 6 and 8 must be a well-developed paragraph that include embedded quotes and citations.
Section 1: Explain each of the following terms in the context of the early twentieth century: flapper, the Great War, women’s suffrage, bootleggers
Section 2: Select three instances in which issues concerning Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby’s wealth and status arise. Provide a concrete detail (in your own words) and a supporting quote from the text (with MLA parenthetical citation) for each instance and commentary concerning what each suggests about the character. [clear phrases and statements]
Section 3: Identify three flashbacks, and discuss how each flashback develops your understanding of Jay Gatsby. Provide a flashback (in your own words) and a supporting quote from the text (with MLA parenthetical citation) for each flashback. [clear phrases and statements]
Section 4: Two cars are involved in the complex action in “Chapter Seven.”
Section 5: Looking at the party thrown by Tom and Myrtle at their hideaway in New York and at the first lavish affair thrown by Gatsby which Nick attends, compare the host(s) of the party and party-goers, and draw conclusions about what each party reveals about its host(s). Please remember to include supporting quotes with parenthetical citations. [complete sentences]
Section 6: In a paragraph that contains seven to ten sentences, explain how Nick has changed by the end of the novel. Embed one concrete detail from the beginning of the novel and one concrete detail from the end of the novel to support your explanation with parenthetical citations. Paragraph will be size 12, double spaced, in Times New Roman, Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, or Cambria font.
Section 7: Thesis Statement In a complete sentence thesis statement, explain what F. Scott Fitzgerald suggests about materialism, the American Dream, or love. Remember that the thesis statement must contain both the subject and the claim/assertion (the author’s opinion about that topic).
Section 8: Evaluation of the Work In a paragraph that contains seven to ten sentences, discuss whether or not we still have the same social and economic class issues that are explored in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Use MLA parenthetical citations within your paragraph. Paragraph will be size 12, double spaced, in Times New Roman, Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, or Cambria font.
You will read a novel and an article with an assignment for each due the first week of school. You may choose the novel and article from the lists below. You will NOT have class time to complete these assignments during the first week.
Assignment 1 Novel
Write a paper that supports one of the statements below about literature and explain how that statement proves to be truthful with your novel.
You may not use any research. Your response in this paper is your original thought. This is your reflection of your observations and analysis of the novel. The only citations should come from the novel itself.
Do not summarize the novel nor give a plot analysis; analyze the novel based on one of the statements.
The paper should be the typical 5-paragraph paper (introduction, 3 body paragraphs of analysis and conclusion). You need three citations in your body paragraphs from your novel to prove your point.
Times, New Roman font or any plain font, 12-point and double-spaced.
DUE DATE: first week of school. Print it and if available, you will upload it to turnitin.com.
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” - C.S. Lewis
“ A story must be exceptional enough to justify its telling; it must have something more unusual to relate than the ordinary experience of every average man and woman.” - Thomas Hardy
“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” - Barbara Tuchman
Assignment 2 Article
Use the format below to answer the questions about your article. This must be typed and spaced accordingly as noted below.. Include a copy of your article. DUE DATE: First week of school.
Article Analysis 50 points
Example: Britt, Donna. "A Unique Take on Beauty." The Washington Post. WP Company, 17 Sept. 1999. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.
A quick summary that focuses on the principal ideas or arguments of the article and the audience that is intended. Limit to one paragraph.
Determine the overall tone. State it in one adjective and defend it with two phrases as examples.
List two types of rhetorical devices (figurative language, literary terms, etc..) and give a phrase for each one as an example.
Quote and comment. You can’t be wrong, so it is an automatic 10 points. However, the rest of the exercise will not receive credit if this question is not answered.
Choose one novel from the list below. You can check these out from the school’s library or if you choose, you may purchase your own copy either in book form or ebook.
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham (fiction)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (non-fiction; science)
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (non-fiction; space program)
American Sniper by Chris Kyle (non-fiction; war)
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (fiction)
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (non-fiction; sports)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (fiction)
The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger (non-fiction)
Seabiscuit by Lauren Hillenbrand (non-fiction; horse racing)
Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand (non-fiction; WWII and running)
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (fiction)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (fiction)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (fiction)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (fiction)
Novels by John Grisham, Toni Morrison, other popular American authors (English III is American literature)
An autobiography or a biography (no short picture books)
Choose an article from a newspaper or magazine either in book form or online. The article can be of history, science, literature, sports, music, etc.. It must be school appropriate. Bring your copy with you to the first day of class.