To the Senior Scholars of AP Language and Composition:
Your decision to enroll in this course shows your commitment to a collaborative, college-level English class experience! Through the efforts of all of us—teachers and students—we will work together so that you are prepared for college, score well and earn college credit on the AP test, and reach your potential as a student. This course will give you an exciting and challenging opportunity to learn.
One way we maximize the learning in the course is through summer reading. You are to obtain copies of three novels, to read them thoroughly, and to be prepared to discuss them intelligently, both in class discussion and through an assessment the first week of school. Be active in your reading. Mark important passages directly in the text or with post-it notes. Keep track of questions you have. Look for connections.
These three novels form a unit called “What Man Has Made of Man,” a title based on the poem “Lines Written in Early Spring” by William Wordsworth. That poem is printed on the back of this page; read it as an introduction to the unit. The three novels to read are Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 1984 by George Orwell, and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
What to look for in your summer reading:
Lord of the Flies—the primal nature of Man; isolation and alienation; the lust for power; Man’s inhumanity to Man; good vs. evil; societal class system; dystopian concepts
1984—the use of language as a tool of manipulation; Man’s inherent need to rebel; isolation; Man’s inhumanity to Man; Man’s desire for power and control; dystopian concepts
Brave New World—the morality of the past vs. the present vs. the future; the effects of communism and industrialization; Man’s inhumanity; Man’s need to control his environment; isolation and alienation; dystopian concepts
As seniors you have a great opportunity to take responsibility for your own education, to think and discuss at deeper levels, and to have a positive effect on all those around you. We are excited about you taking advantage of this opportunity!
See you in August.