11th grade AP English
TO: 2012–2013 JUNIOR AP ENGLISH STUDENTS
FROM: MS. J. CHITWOOD
RE: YOUR SUMMER READING LIST
Well, it’s summertime and you have the opportunity to spend some of your time doing what I hope you love to do—read! You are required to read two books this summer: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling, and Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Please do not rely on former students, Cliffs Notes, or Spark Notes for your summer reading. You have to read the actual books! The only exception this year is if you have not read the earlier Harry Potter books, then you may read condensed versions of those books. In Junior AP we study the language itself and how it works; you will not understand it through a condensed version. Junior AP English III is an exhilarating course when students are prepared. Make sure you are committed to the task!
And then you ask, “Do I take notes?”And of course, you know the answer: “Yes.”
- Basic plot notes (“bullet notes”) for each chapter.
- Character studies (in a separate section from the plot notes) for each major character (value system, motivation, attributes, development), including quotes (at least 4 from throughout the book) for EACH character to support your ideas;
- Two ideas of global theme, plus 4 quotes to support each theme;
- Two examples of imagery, including page number and significance to the novel;
- Two examples of symbolism, including page number and significance to the novel;
- Four quotes that you find most significant to our understanding of the novel.
MAKE SURE YOU LABEL EACH SECTION CLEARLY AND INCLUDE THE PAGE NUMBERS FOR THE QUOTES THAT YOU SELECT. When you write the quote, make sure you include all or most of the quote in your notebook.
Happy reading! Enjoy your summer!