Ap English 12 Summer Reading Assignment 2015

AP English Language & Composition
Summer Reading for 2015-2016 School Year

Students entering AP English Language should read the One School One Book selection - The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore and one set of three books that in some way relates to the overall question: How do your life and your perspective intersect with the ideas in these books? The sets of books to choose from are below. When you return in the fall, you will be asked to write an essay that develops an original idea in response to the arguments and thoughts in the books you have read. You do not need to take notes or otherwise write anything over the summer, but reactions or responses you do write down may be helpful to you as you write your essay.; the list is also available on the English Department web site, and from
Mr. Kaplan (alexander_kaplan@newton.k12.ma.us),
Mr. Lee (Samuel_lee@newton.k12.ma.us)or
Mr. Baron (brian_baron@newton.k12.ma.us).

The writing assignment students will be asked to complete is also available from the instructors.

 

 

Choose one of these sets of books related to the overall theme, and read any three books from that set:

 

Eating in America (choose three to read)

Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

 

Being Female in America (choose three to read)

Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons

Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher

Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women by Christina Hoff-Sommers

 

Coming to America (choose three to read)

Coyotes by Ted Conover

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Tearing at the Silence: On Being German in America by Ursula Hegi

New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser

Race in America (choose three to read)

The Content of Our Character by Shelby Steele

How Race is Lived in America by the Staff of the New York Times

Race Matters by Cornell West

White Girl: A Story of School Desegregation by Clara Silverstein

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

 

Being Poor in America (choose three to read)

American Dream by Jason DeParle

The Corner by David Simon

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Random Family by Adrian Nicole Leblanc

Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America by Leon Dash

 

Being Different in America (choose three to read)

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

All-American Boy by Scott Peck

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural by Claudine C. O'Hearn

Tearing at the Silence: On Being German in America by Ursula Hegi

 

If you have any questions, you can reach Mr. Lee, Mr. Kaplan, and Mr. Baron by email. (Find their email addresses at http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/domain/812.)

 

If the teachers read anything relevant to the topics above over the summer, they may tweet about it using #apnshs. You can follow them at @mrleeisawesome, @mrkaplanenglish, and @brianbaron13.

Click on the links below to find information regarding the Pre-AP and AP English summer reading assignments.  Each course requires students to read two novels: one required reading and one book of choice.  In addition, students must complete an assignment over the required novel.    

All Pre-AP and AP English Students:  Assignment Overview 

2017 Summer Reading Parent Letter -- English Version
2017 Summer Reading Parent Letter -- Spanish Version 
The parent letter gives information about the required reading, book of choice, and due dates for all Pre-AP and AP English courses in GPISD.  See links below for more information regarding your specific course assignment.

Pre-AP English Grade 6 

Required Reading:  Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick and one book of choice

2017 Summer Reading Assignment for Pre-AP ELA Grade 6 
Pre-AP students entering 6th grade in Fall 2017 are required to complete a one-pager assignment for their required reading, Freak the Mighty.  The directions and rubric are attached.  Students are NOT required to complete the one pager assignment with the book of choice. 

2017 Middle School Book of Choice List                                      
In addition to completing the required reading assignment, students will read a book of choice and should be prepared for an in-class activity over this book when students return to class.  We have attached a list of suggested titles for middle school students. Students may use this list as a guide for choosing an appropriate title or they may choose to read a book not on this list. Parents and guardians, we encourage you to go through the choice list with your child to help select a book appropriate for your child's age and maturity. 

Pre-AP English Grades 7 and 8 

Required Reading Grade 7:  The Giver by Lois Lowry and one book of choice
Required Reading Grade 8:  Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and one book of choice

2017 Summer Reading Assignment for Pre-AP English Classes Grades 7-8 
Students entering Pre-AP or AP English courses in grades 7-12 are required to complete annotations for their required readings.  For grades 7 and 8 students, this applies to The Giver (grade 7) and Of Mice and Men (grade 8).  Please see attached for the annotation directions, rubric, and examples.  Although encouraged, students are not required to annotate their book of choice.

2017 Middle School Book of Choice List                                    
In addition to completing the required reading assignment, students will read a book of choice and should be prepared for an in-class activity over this book when students return to class. We have attached a list of suggested titles for middle school students. Students may use this list as a guide for choosing an appropriate title or they may choose to read a book not on this list. Parents and guardians, we encourage you to go through the choice list with your child to help select a book appropriate for your child's age and maturity. 

Pre-AP English I and II

Required Reading Pre-AP English I: Animal Farm by George Orwell and one book of choice
Required Reading Pre-AP English II: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and one book of choice

2017 Summer Reading Assignment for Pre-AP and AP English Classes  
Students entering Pre-AP or AP English courses in grades 7-12 are required to complete annotations for their required texts. Please see attached for the annotation directions, rubric, and examples.  Although encouraged, students are not required to annotate their book of choice.

2017 High School Book of Choice List
In addition to completing the required reading assignment, students will read a book of choice and be prepared for an in-class activity over this book when students return to class. We have attached a list of suggested titles for high school students. Students may use this list as a guide for choosing an appropriate title or they may choose to read a book not on this list.  Parents and guardians, we encourage you to go through the choice list with your child to help select a book appropriate for your child's age and maturity.

 AP English Language and AP English Literature

Required Reading AP English Language: The Crucible by Arthur Miller and one book of choice
Required Reading AP English Literature: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and one book of choice

2017 Summer Reading Assignment for Pre-AP and AP English Classes
Students entering Pre-AP or AP English courses in grades 7-12 are required to complete annotations for their required texts. Please see attached for the annotation directions, rubric, and examples.  Although encouraged, students are not required to annotate their book of choice.

2017 High School Book of Choice List
In addition to completing the required reading assignment, students will read a book of choice and be prepared for an in-class activity over this book when students return to class. We have attached a list of suggested titles for high school students. Students may use this list as a guide for choosing an appropriate title or they may choose to read a book not on this list.  Parents and guardians, we encourage you to go through the choice list with your child to help select a book appropriate for your child's age and maturity.

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