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PAP/AP Summer Reading and Assignments

Summer Reading for PAP / AP English Courses



English I PAP

Please join my Google Classroom for Summer Reading! Code 875e0v Copies of the assignment will be available there as well as the high school website.  For this project, you will need a 3 ring binder that can be used for other things in my class throughout the school year, after you turn it in.   NOTHING IN THIS NOTEBOOK SHOULD BE PRINTED FROM THE INTERNET! You have to DRAW and be creative! You may use word to type written portions of the assignment, but that is all! No printed pictures!  

For this project, you will choose one faction from the book to do your project over (You are using an existing faction from the book, not making up a new one).  Your “Divergent” project notebooks need a table of contents in the front that will tell me the order in which you have organized the needed materials. Your notebook needs a cover sheet (1) that depicts all aspects that your faction entails, and a table of contents (2) that guides me through your notebook.

You will need to write a faction manifesto (examples can be found in the back of the book, DO NOT PLAGIARIZE) (3) and create your own motto (4) for your faction (this will be different from the one in the book, but you may look to get an idea).  You will need to design a flag (5) that would fly over a government office that would exists inside you faction, as well as a symbol (6) that represents your faction (this will also be different from those listed in the book).  You need to create a wardrobe (7) that would be worn by members of your faction, both male and female. You will need to create a reading list of at least 5 books (8) that people in your faction would like to read and explain why they would choose to the read this book based on their faction traits.  You will need to write a letter (9) to another faction seeking their help and persuading them by using details that will appeal to them based on their faction’s traits and information from the book.  You will also need to create five “jobs” (10) that someone in your faction would perform inside your faction, and explain the details of your job and how it fits into the idea of your faction, not jobs that are needed, but jobs they would hold.  Lastly, you will need to write an essay (11) that MUST INCLUDE A WELL DEVELOPED THESIS STATEMENT that explains how their society is similar to our modern day society (government, societal trends, teenagers, technology, etc…).  These may go in any order that you choose in your notebook, but make sure they follow your table of contents! You will be creating 11 items for your notebook!

Use sticky notes to make notes on the book as you read.  This will make writing the character analysis so much easier.  We will hold several Socratic Seminars to discuss the book, before I give you the written test and assign your character analysis.  The essay and character analysis will be the first true sample of your writing ability that I will see- do your best. This will be a stepping stone into making you great writers.    


The week that we start school, you will be required to dress in the faction of your choosing to present your projects to the class.  Projects must be in a binder to turn into me on the first day of school.

Project Rubric

_____ Cover sheet and Table of contents (10)

_____ Manifesto (10)

_____ Motto (10)

_____Flag (10)

_____ Symbol (10)

_____ Wardrobe per faction (10)

_____ Reading list with explanations per faction (10)

_____ Letter (10)

_____ Job Creations per faction (10)

_____ Oral presentation and eye contact (10)


_____ Essay (100)

_____Total (200/2) Major Grade


English II PAP

  • Reading Material: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

    Purpose:  Sandra Cisneros tells her readers that she decided to write her novel, The House on Mango Street because “you will always be Mango Street. You can’t erase what you know. You can’t forget who you are.”  The purpose of this project is to create your own book, which will help you remember what you know, as well as show others who you are.

    Grading: The finished book project is worth 200 points and will count as two major grades. Specific point breakdowns are listed in the “Contents” section below.

    Due Date: Your finished book will be due on the third day of school, Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

    Product:  Your book will be an actual paper product on full sized notebook paper or copy paper and all pages should be bound together (ie: stapled, in a folder, in a report cover).  

    Contents:  Your book must have the following items:

    • An original cover with colorful artwork/graphics, title, and author 15 points
    • Original title of your book and a title page (look up what goes on a title page) inside the book 10 points
    • Book dedication 15 points
      • Made to a specific person (mentioned by first name or relationship)
      • Mention why this person deserves this honor
      • Length: 50-75 words
    • Table of contents that correctly matches your chapters 10 points
      • Chapters may be in any order you choose, but
      • Make sure your chapters are arranged to follow your table of contents
    • 10 chapters on topics selected from the list on the back 15 points for each chapter, 150 points combined
      • Chapter length - any chapter with fewer than 120 words will be considered underdeveloped and will not receive the full point value
      • Chapters with numerous grammatical errors in sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation will not receive the full point value
      • Start a new chapter on a new page of paper. I would prefer you use the front of the paper only.

    Chapter Subjects:  Your chapters must be chosen from the following subject list. You cannot use the same topic for more than one chapter.

    • Your name (how you got it, what it means, what you think of it, etc)
    • Your neighborhood
    • Games or favorite toys from your childhood
    • A time you got into trouble
    • A time you saw someone else get into trouble
    • Advice from an adult
    • A positive story from your experiences at school
    • A negative story from your experiences at school
    • A special family member
    • A happy time for you
    • Going to work
    • A special holiday (other than birthday)
    • A special birthday
    • The big game, contest, or competition
    • A birth
    • An achievement
    • A loss
    • Life in East Texas
    • 1 chapter on the topic of your own choice

    Contact Information:  Sherri Hess

    Email  [email protected]

    Google Classroom Code: 5nm9w4

    I will check my school email at least once per week and I will respond to emails to answer questions or to clarify instructions. I cannot guarantee I will be available to respond to emails immediately since I will be taking daily radiation treatments through most of the summer.  



English III AP


Summer Reading

English III AP


Ms. Jones, Room B7 [email protected]

DIRECTIONS: Complete both parts of the assignment. Each part will count as a test grade for the first nine weeks. The requirements for English III AP is to complete both summer assignments by the deadline, August 31.

  • All work must be completed and submitted by the assigned deadline. You may turn in assignments late, but there will be points deducted. Or if you choose not to complete the assignments and wish not to receive two zeros, then you will need to change your schedule.
  • AP students are expected to meet the challenges of the course and assignments including the exam for college credit. If not, then you will need to change your schedule.

Students will read the non-fiction novel Friday Night Lights (or choose one from the novel list below) and an article with an assignment each due the first week of school. You will NOT have class time to complete these assignments during the first week. Both assignments are due the 1st Friday of the first week, August 31. Please check out Friday Night Lights (or choose one from the novel list below) from the library before school ends or purchase your own copy.


Please read your assignments carefully and do not wait until the last minute to get your assignments completed. I expect thoughtful work with effort. Your essays will be graded on content and style. Points will be deducted for mistakes in grammar, sentence structure and content.

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 Friday Night Lights (or choose one from the novel list below) .

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.

Please type in Times, New Roman font or any plain font, 12-point and double-spaced. Please print your paper.

DUE DATE:  August 31


Novel List


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 Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (nonfiction; science)

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (nonfiction; 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 Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger (non-fiction)

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand (nonfiction; horse racing)

Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand (nonfiction; WWII and running)

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)



Check the list on Search for AP summer reading list. Please do not choose a book you have already read for another class.

Join the class: AP English 2019 Jones

Code: 85ddpn


Statement One:

“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


Statement Two:

“ 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


Statement Three:

“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

Choose an article from a magazine or newspaper either in print or online. The article topic can be anything from politics to sports to science, but must be school appropriate to present to class. Use the format below to answer the questions about your article. This must be typed and spaced accordingly as noted below. Print your assignment and a copy of your article. DUE DATE: August 31.


Article Analysis

I. Work Cited (MLA style)

Example: Britt, Donna. "A Unique Take on Beauty." The Washington Post. WP Company, 17 Sept. 1999. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

Clear, James. “Mental Models: How to Train Your Brain to Think in New Ways.” James Clear. Web. Aug. 2017.

II. Precis/Main idea

A quick summary that focuses on the principal ideas or arguments of the article and the audience that is intended. Limit to one paragraph.


III. Tone

Determine the overall tone. State it in one adjective and defend it with two phrases as examples.

IV. Rhetorical Devices

List two types of rhetorical devices (figurative language, literary terms, etc..) and give a phrase for each one as an example.


For example: “Relying on a narrow set of thinking tools is like wearing a mental straight jacket.” simile

“I first discovered what a mental model was and how useful the right one could be while I was reading a story about Richard Feynman, the famous physicist.” appositive

V. Favorite Passage

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.