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.”

Here’s how:

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!