Wichita Falls High School ap literature and Composition Summer Assignment 2015 Required Reading



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AP Literature and Composition

Summer Assignment 2015

Required Reading:

  1. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  2. One Choice Book from the list provided

  3. How to Read Literature like a Professor by: Thomas Foster

*You may check out a copy of each of the required novels from the English Department or purchase your own in order to annotate. We do not have copies of all the choice novels, only some. It is recommended to purchase your own novels.

*You will turn in both novels for an annotation grade and your composition notebook with both of your required assignments for the novels on the first day of class!

Novel Choices:

The Poisonwood Bible by: Barbara Kingsolver

The Catcher in the Rye by: J.D. Salinger

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

A Passage to India by: E. M. Forster

Beloved by: Toni Morrison

REQUIRED Assignment One: Annotate the Texts

Your assignment is to annotate both novels (LOTF and CHOICE). When annotating your text, use any space available— margins, blank pages, empty space on the page, etc. I suggest that you use post-it notes and/or bright pen colors. DO NOT highlight or underline too much. If you highlight and underline everything, nothing will stand out.



While You Read

Ask questions—Are you confused about something? Write the question down. You might find the answer later, or you might get an opportunity to ask your questions during class discussions.

React to what you read—Maybe you just read something that made you mad, startled you, or brought you to tears. Write down your reaction to the text so you remember it later.

Underline, bracket, or circle important passages—Is there a quotation that you think is important or thoughtful? Is there an idea you think might be worth remembering? Is there a “big idea” that is at the foundation of the novel?

* Focus on the essential elements of literature (plot, setting, characterization, point of view and theme) and any other aspects of literature study as instructed by your teacher.

Consider characterization – is there a passage that reveals something about an important character? Make note of this. Where is each major character introduced in the text? Make note of character entrances. What is significant about this first appearance?

Make connections—Maybe something you read reminds you of an experience you’ve had or parallels something going on in the world today; perhaps something in the text reminds you of a literary movement you have studied or a philosophy with which you are familiar. Record these connections and they will help you find meaning and relevancy in what you read.

Track motifs—If you notice a reoccurring idea or pattern as you read, start noting the motif when it takes place. Doing so will help you understand the message that the article is trying to convey.



AFTER YOU READ

If you really want to understand the text, consider these ideas to help you make sense of what you’ve read…

Title your chapters or article sections—Some books and articles have chapter titles already. If they don’t, go back and give them relevant titles when you finish reading the section. Doing so will help you remember what was discussed in that part of the text.

Summarize what you’ve read—In the empty space at the end of a page, rewrite the text noting the essential points, using only a couple of sentences. You might find that doing so will help you understand what you just read.

Respond to what you’ve read—Sometimes a summary isn’t enough. You might want to comment on what you just read, give an opinion about a concept, or complain about the author’s insight/viewpoint.

Make a prediction—Predicting is a great thinking exercise. There is not a better time to do so than after you’ve read one section and before you begin the next. You might be surprised to find your prediction is right or wrong!



Connect ideas to each other or to other texts.

Note if you experience an epiphany—Note any “ah ha” moments, where you clarify something that you found puzzling.



WHAT TO ANNOTATE

�� Note how the author uses language.

 effects of word choice (diction) or sentence structure or type (syntax)

 Point of view / effect

 Repetition of words, phrases, actions, events, patterns

 Narrative pace / time / order of sequence of events

 Irony

 Contrasts / contradictions / juxtapositions / shifts



 Allusions

 Other figures of speech or literary device

 Reliability of narrator

 Motifs or cluster ideas

 Tone / mood

 Imagery

 Themes

 Setting / historical period

Symbols

Note: You may write all marginal comments on Post-It Notes placing them on appropriate pages in lieu of the written annotation in the novels.

Annotation Rubric:

A: (100-90)

 Completes assignment thoroughly with obvious effort and reflection

 Text is marked throughout.

 Words and phrases are marked, and commentary and notations appear in the margins that indicate a response to the words and phrases marked.

 The comments in the margin reflect application of literary terms, questioning, summarizing, and analysis.

 Annotations accurately identify motifs or themes of the work.

 Reader has identified unfamiliar vocabulary and attempted to define those words.



B: (89-80)

 Assignment is complete but lacks the insight, depth, or thoroughness of an “exceeds” assignment.

 Text is marked throughout; marginal comments demonstrate an attempt at analysis.

 Marks longer passages (entire sentences/entire paragraphs) but lacks commentary and analysis.

 Commentary and notations in margins appear less frequently or may not respond directly to the passage annotated.

 Annotations may not accurately identify motifs or themes of text.

 Reader may have identified unfamiliar vocabulary but did not attempt to define the words.



C: (79-70)

Text is not consistently marked throughout.

 Random passages appear to be marked; passages selected often have no real significance.

 Annotated passages may be very long or very short.

 Annotations include little/no marginal comments or marginal comments that is characterized by plot level questions or simplistic summary.

 Annotations include little/no attempt to identify motifs or themes of text.

 Annotations include little/no recognition of unfamiliar vocabulary.

 Annotations do not reflect careful


D or below (0-69)

Student has seemingly not put effort into the assignment or has not read the text.

 Annotated text is not submitted on time.



SPECIAL NOTE

If your work is plagiarized or copied in any way, you will receive a zero for this major assignment and your parents and sponsors will be contacted.

Required Assignment for The Lord of the Flies:


  1. You MUST complete a log tracing the symbols and biblical allegories found in the novel in your composition notebook. You will be required to log FIVE major symbols and FIVE biblical allegories from the LOTF. Please refer to the example format of the log below!

  2. Additionally, keep a vocab log for unknown words you encounter in your composition notebook. Be sure to include the word, definition, part of speech, connotation and a sentence using the word (10 words or longer).

  3. If any part of this assignment is plagiarized (copied from an online source or another student), you will receive a zero for this major assignment and parents and sponsors will be contacted!

Allegory Definition: Allegory is a figure of speech in which abstract ideas and principles are described in terms of characters, figures and events. It can be employed in prose and poetry to tell a story with a purpose of teaching an idea and a principle or explaining an idea or a principle. The objective of its use is to preach some kind of a moral lesson

Biblical References that could be present in LOTF:

  • The tree of life/the tree of knowledge of good and evil

  • The garden/Eden

  • Temptation and the fall

  • Cain and Abel/the mark of Cain

  • Bad things happen to good people/ the story of Job

  • Solomon’s wisdom

  • David and Goliath

  • The land flowing with milk and honey

  • The prodigal son

  • The massacre or slaughter of innocents

  • Lamb of God

  • Turning water into wine

  • The good Samaritan

  • Going up the mountain

  • Going out to the desert

  • Wine and bread at the Last Supper

  • Raising the dead or coming back from the dead/Lazarus

  • Mary Magdalene

  • Carrying the cross/crown of thorns

  • Lucifer or the fallen angel

  • Leviathan

Required Assignment for Choice Novel:

  1. Complete the attached novel notes for your choice novel in the second half of your composition notebook in order to give yourself space for responses.

  2. Additionally, keep a vocab log for unknown words you encounter in your composition notebook. Be sure to include the word, definition, part of speech, connotation and a sentence using the word (10 words or longer).

  3. Again if any part of this assignment is plagiarized (copied from an online source or another student), you will receive a zero for this major assignment and parents and sponsors will be contacted!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Erika Scheffe by email, elleopold@gmail.com

Example LOTF Allegory/Symbol Log

Page Number:

Symbol or Allegory Cited:

Quote from the Text:

Explanation/Significance of the Symbol or Allegory:

Page Number:

Symbol or Allegory Cited:

Quote from the Text:

Explanation/Significance of the Symbol or Allegory:

Page Number:

Symbol or Allegory Cited:

Quote from the Text:

Explanation/Significance of the Symbol or Allegory:

Page Number:

Symbol or Allegory Cited:

Quote from the Text:

Explanation/Significance of the Symbol or Allegory:

Discussion Questions- Choice Book

Directions: Each of the following questions should be answered THOROUGHLY AND COMPLETELY! Your job is to show me you learned SOMETHING about the novel. I may ask questions that stem from the ideas discussed below during graded discussion so be prepared.

Name:

Your Name_________________________________________

1. Write the work’s title in the box above in some memorable way—for example, have fun with fonts!

2. Author: ___________________________________

3. Date of Original Publication: ______________________

4. Title: Explain the significance of the title in the overall work:

5. Setting:

  • Describe the time and place/s in which the action occurs.



  • How is it related to the time period in which the work was written?



  • What is especially significant about the setting/s?

6. Themes : Plot is what happens in a literary work. THEME is what the literary work MEANS, or the message about life that the author is trying to convey. Examine some of the significant subjects (2-4) in the novel and explain how the author uses plot and characterization to convey these. If possible, show how these themes are interconnected. Then, write at least TWO THEMATIC STATEMENTS for the novel.

1.

2.

7. Character:

YOU MUST CHOOSE AT LEAST THREE CHARACTERS FROM YOUR CHOICE NOVEL TO DISCUSS BELOW.

1) Give a brief character description

2) Relay one specific significant incident that involves that character.

3) Discuss that character's importance/significant impact on the work as a whole.



  • List any minor characters who also play a role in the story:

8. Conflict

  • Identify the major conflicts (3-5) in the work and explain whether each is internal or external.

9. Connections

  • Write a detailed paragraph in which you relate your novel to another piece of literature we have studied this year. You must make specific connections and reference specific events and characters.

10. Beginnings & Endings

  • Describe the opening scene of the work IN DETAIL. What is its impact on the overall work?



  • Write the last line of the novel and explain the final image in the novel. What do you think it means?

11. Significant Quotes

  • List FOUR significant quotes from the novel and EXPLAIN the importance of each quote in relation to the story (for example: does the quote relate to character? Theme? Setting? etc.)


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