AP English Language and Composition


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: 10: 0735219095   13: 978-0735219090

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 978-0-74327356-5

"On Compassion" by Barbara Lazear Ascher
Website: https://www.dvusd.org/cms/lib011/AZ01901092/Centricity/Domain/4781/BarbaraLazearAscherOnCompassionpost.pdf
A hard copy is in your summer packet. It will also be in schoology available late August.

"Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr.
Website: http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/documents/letter_birmingham_jail.pdf
I will scan into schoology which should be available late August.

Reading:    Actively read and annotate each novel and each essay.

Written work: Due on the first day of class.

  1. Where the Crawdads Sing:  Personal response. Write a one-page response on any aspect of the novel (a character, a specific passage, a theme, etc.). Regardless of what you write about, a good response will contain specific textual support, demonstrating how the novel resonated with you. Be sure to include the author, title, and a brief summary (1-2 sentences) of the novel to begin your response. Work must be typed, double spaced, and limited to one page. Proofread very carefully. Proper use of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling is required.

* Please be advised, there is some adult content in this novel.

  1. The Great Gatsby

Examine the behavior and consider the moral values of the following six characters: Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan, Myrtle Wilson, and Jordan Baker. Next, list the characters in order of least morally corrupt to most morally corrupt. For each character, offer a brief explanation for your moral ranking and a specific quotation from the novel (with page number) that supports your reasoning. Work must be typed and limited to one page. Proofread your writing. Proper use of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling is required.

  1. Essays:  AP style multiple choice questions and very brief analysis for each of the two essays (Ascher and King):

  • Complete the corresponding multiple choice questions. These are challenging; therefore, your grade will reflect completion and the defining of unknown terms.
  • Create a literary/rhetorical terms journal in which you record each new term and its definition. You may use the website  https://literarydevices.net  (Literary Devices and Terms).  Please do NOT use dictionary.com, google. or wikipedia as the meaning may not reflect the literary/rhetorical definition. You will be expected to understand every term on these multiple choice sheets (for example: juxtaposition). Record other new vocabulary - non-literary words - (for example: sardonic) in your vocabulary notebook. See “Vocabulary work” below.
  • For each of the two shorter works (Ascher and King), clearly note (typed & bullet point/ organized):
    • What is the author’s tone? Use a descriptive word for this.
    • Who is the audience?
    • What is the author’s purpose? What point is the author conveying to his audience?
    • Record and cite an example of one rhetorical method the author uses to communicate his purpose to his audience. Next, explain how this method conveys the author's purpose. Please keep this part brief. One to two sentences should suffice.


Grammar work: Please read comprehensively and complete handouts thoroughly. The first handout is on active verbs and active voice. The second packet (noted as pages 392-400) is on proper punctuation when using quotation marks. Pages 398-400 include practice exercises and the answers. Please read everything, complete the exercises, and check your work. These are challenging grammatical concepts, so let’s start early!!

Vocabulary work: Identify, record, and define contextually each new vocabulary word. Use Merriam-Webster online  www.merriam-webster.com. Please do not use dictionary.com or google. You may use your previous year’s vocabulary notebook or start a new one for this class. Find at least thirty terms total from the four different texts assigned. These terms and definitions will be checked for a completion grade on the first day of class, and we will use your terms as a homework assignment and as part of our first vocabulary quest.  

What to Bring to Class Day 1:

  1. All texts and all of your completed work. Written assignments on the novels will be collected. All other work will be checked for completion.

Where Do I Purchase/Order the Summer Reading Novels?

  1. Barnes and Noble or other local bookstores

  2. Amazon.com or other sites

  3. You may be able to find copies of The Great Gatsby from previous classes.

Other Items of Note

All writing must be your original work. All textual references must be properly cited. All work must be typed, double-spaced, font size 12, and Times New Roman font. Submit a hard copy.  Due: First day of class. Written responses for novels will be graded. Written work for essays and grammar will be checked and graded for completion.

Films, Sparknotes, online notes, and resources, etc. are unacceptable substitutes for reading the selections. Consulting any outside sources for written work will also result in penalties, including earning no credit for the assignment. “We regret having to underscore this, but plagiarism is anathema. It is stealing. Do not even consider it.” (The venerable Mrs. Skoog)

Begin your reading early, allowing for a leisurely pace and truly enjoyable reading experience. Annotate all of your readings. Highlight aspects of the works that interest you. Keep notes on each work.  

Email me with any questions - plorence@nardin.org.  Please give me a week to respond during June, July, and August.   Happy summer! Happy reading! See you in September!!