Ap english Language and Composition Independent Reading List Quarter 1 Book Check: Friday, September 11



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AP English Language and Composition Independent Reading List
Quarter 1 Book Check: Friday, September 11

Quarter 1 Book Report: Friday, October 16


Quarter 2 Book Check: Friday, October 30

Quarter 2 Book Report due: Friday, December 11


Book Report: Typed in MLA essay format with one paragraph for each number.


  1. Describe when and where the story is taking place, information about the narrator, what you think the book is trying to achieve, what theme(s) or life issue(s) the book focuses on.

  2. Describe an important character: their appearance, actions, ideas, thoughts, and interactions with other characters.

  3. Describe the setting, time period and geographical region.

  4. Analyze a conflict, life experience or turning point that has a major effect on one or more characters.

  5. Describe the similarities in themes or content between the book you read and another you’ve read before. How do the approaches differ?

  6. The ending: how does the author finish the book? What effect does the ending have on the reader (you)? How does the ending compare to another book you’ve read?

  7. Comment on what you’ve learned from reading this book.



ERA 1: COLONIAL TO MID-19TH CENTURY

(Colonial, Revolutionary, Romantics)


Cooper, James Fenimore – The Last of the Mohicans

Franklin, Benjamin – Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The House of Seven Gables, The Scarlet Letter

Melville, Herman – Moby Dick, Billy Budd

Mitchner, James – Chesapeake Centennial, Hawaii

Thoreau, Henry D. – Walden


ERA 2: CIVIL WAR & 19TH CENTURY RACE RELATIONS
Brown, Dee – Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Crane, Stephen – The Red Badge of Courage

Frazier, Charles – Cold Mountain

Haley, Alex – Roots

Morrison, Toni – Beloved

Shaara, Michael – The Killer Angels

Stowe, Harriet Beecher – Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Welch, James – Fools Crow


ERA 3: LATER 19TH CENTURY

(Post-Civil War, Westward Movement, Industrial Age)


Cather, Willa – O Pioneers!, My Antonia

Clark, Walter van Tilburg – The Oxbow Incident

Dreiser, Theodore – Sister Carrie, An American Tragedy

James, Henry – Portrait of a Lady, Washington Square, The Ambassadors

Twain, Mark – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Wharton, Edith – The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence


ERA 4: EARLY 20TH CENTURY

(Early Modernism, 1900 to WWII)


Baldwin, James – Go Tell It on the Mountain

Doctorow, E.L. – Ragtime

Faulkner, William – The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom; Light in August

Hemingway, Ernest – The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms

Lewis, Sinclair – Babbitt, Arrowsmith

Morrison, Toni – Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Jazz, Song of Solomon

Norris, Frank – McTeague, The Octopus

Potok, Chaim – The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev

Sinclair, Upton – The Jungle

Smith, Betty – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Stegner, Wallace -- The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Joe Hill, Angle of Repose

Steinbeck, John –East of Eden, Cannery Row

Walker, Alice – The Color Purple
ERA 5: WW II & Later 20TH CENTURY
Capote, Truman In Cold Blood (nonfiction)

Dillard, Annie – An American Childhood

Gaines, Ernest -- A Lesson Before Dying

Guterson, David -- Snow Falling on Cedars

Haley, Alex -- Autobiography of Malcom X

Heller, Joseph – Catch 22

Keillor, Garrison – Lake Woebegon Days

Kesey, Ken –One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Kogawa, Joy -- Obasan

O’Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried

Plath, Sylvia -- The Bell Jar

Puzo, Mario – The Godfather

Silko, Leslie Marmon – Ceremony

Villasenor, Victor – Rain of Gold

Warren, Robert Penn – All the King’s Men

Wolf, Tom – The Right Stuff (nonfiction)

Wouk, Herman – Winds of War

Wright, Richard – Native Son


ERA 6: CONTEMPORARY, POST MODERN
Boyle, TC -- Tortilla Curtain

Conroy, Pat – Lords of Discipline

Conway, Jill – The Road from Coorain

Jen, Gish – Typical American

Proulx, Annie – Shipping News

Quindlen, Anna -- Blessings

Reichl, Ruth – Tender at the Bone

Smiley, Jane – A Thousand Acres



Wolff, Tobias – This Boy’s Life


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