Welcome to Summer Reading 2012!
Dive Into Summer Reading
The Avon Park High School English Department requires students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement Language and Composition courses at Avon Park High School read literature during the summer months. The purposes of the program are to support and enhance the reading skills developed during the school year, and to encourage the appreciation of reading for its own sake. Students must be prepared to present evidence of their reading in their English class in the fall. The assessment will be averaged into their English grades for the year. Students are not required to purchase these books; however, it is recommended. Most books are available for purchase through Books a Million or may be checked out from the local public library.
v Selection One: Students must read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
v Selection Two: Students must read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Note: There are copies of these novels available for check out. See Mrs. Brown in room 207 to check them out.
v Selection Three: Choose any CONTEMPORARY NON-FICTION book that has been published in the last 20 years. It must be at least 250 pages in length. NO BIOGRAPHIES. See suggested titles on the attached sheet.
v Assignments: Place all assignments in a reading folder
1. Join the AP class discussion board on edmodo.com. The group code is Group Code: ue2cj3. I suggest that you try to create this account prior to the end of the 2012-13 school-year so that I can assist you if you need it. You will need to set up the account so that you receive notifications via email or text message. I will be submitting items throughout the summer for which you will have to send in responses. Print out any discussions/assignments and put them in your reading folder.
Choose THREE of the following projects to complete. These must be brought to
class within the first week of school. Each of the writing assignments should be
ONE PAGE in length.
1. Write an epilogue and/or prologue to the book, describing events that could have taken place before and after the plot of the book.
2. Pretend you are a librarian. Write an explanation of why you chose this book for the school library. You may interview the librarian to get ideas.
3. Write 10 discussion questions for the book with complete answers. These are not one word answers. The questions should be about plot, character, irony, theme and such. Each answer should be at least 3 sentences
4. Compose two articles for a newspaper published at the time of your book. Each article will relate an event from the book.
5. Create a script for one scene of your book and/or film the scene.
6. Plan a dinner party for a character that is consistent with his or her personality. Write instructions to the catering staff, including the menu, table setting, and guest list of celebrities.
7. Assume the persona of the author and explain why you wrote the book and how you chose the title, setting, and created the characters.
8. Draw a map of the main setting of the book, labeling important locations. This must be VERY detailed.
9. Describe an experience you've had that was like the experience of the character.
10. Write a different ending for the book. (I wouldn’t suggest doing this for the non-fiction book)
11. Keep a journal as you read the book; include your reactions, thoughts, and feelings. NO SUMMARY!!!
This would be ideal to do for your non-fiction book as you will need to do a reflection essay during class the first week of school.
SUGGESTED NON-FICTION BOOKS FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDENTS