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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.  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.  You may use word to type written portions of the assignment but that is all.  You will not print pictures from the internet.
For this project, you will choose one faction from the book to do your project over.  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 PLAGERIZE) (3) and create your own motto (4) for your faction (this will be different from the one in the book, but you look to get an idea).  You will need to design a flag (5) that would fly over an office that exists inside your 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 read this book.  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.  You will also need to create five "jobs" (10) that they would perform inside of your faction, and explain the details of your job and how it fits into 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.  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.  


English II PAP

  • Please obtain a copy of the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald for use in the summer reading assignment (either check out a school copy or obtain your own from the public library, personal copy, Kindle digital copy, etc).  
  • Join the Google Classroom exclusively for the summer reading assignment by using the code 6p3jzyb before school dismisses May 26th. Students can replace copies of the detailed instructions at any time via the Google Classroom.  
  • If you wish to ask questions about the novel or assignment, you may email me at shess@dibollisd.org . I will not check my work email daily; however, I will check it weekly and respond to any questions I have received. If a student wishes to accept the challenge of English II PreAP but did not request the class in advance, you may share the Google Classroom link with that student.
  • I would prefer that assignments be submitted digitally through Classroom, but I will also accept neatly written responses on paper.  Students should submit their work through a plagiarism checker.  I will provide specific details on this through Classroom and on the first day of school.  
  • I expect students to have fully read the novel and have completed most of the assignment before the first day of school.  The complete assignment is due during the student’s class period on Wednesday, August 30! Late assignments will receive a grade reduction penalty, and could indicate a student’s lack of readiness for PreAP coursework.


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.”

  • For the first part of this activity, list the events in chronological order, paying attention to and discussing the details, including the drivers of the two vehicles, the places they visit, and the significant events at each location. Examine each of the car accidents in The Great Gatsby, and for each accident, note both who is involved and the cause of the accident. Please remember to include supporting quotes with parenthetical citations. [clear phrases and statements]
  • For this activity’s second part, use both accidents and two or three examples from the rest of the book, explain Fitzgerald’s commentary on how carelessness works in society. Please remember to include supporting quotes with parenthetical citations. [complete sentences]


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.



English III AP

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.


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

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


  1. Work Cited (MLA style)

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


  1. 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.


  1. Rhetorical Devices

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


  1. 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.


 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 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.