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AP English III Summer Reading Project

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Advanced Placement English III Summer Reading 2021

AP English Language Journal Directions:  In order to do well on these exercises, you must-

  • Keep all of the exercises in a journal that will be submitted day one. 
  • Date and number each exercise at the top of your page.
  • Journal for each assignment in four to six complete, thought-provoking paragraphs.  Ask at least one question per assignment.  You can either try to answer this question or leave it open for discussion upon returning to class.  
  • Use a pen.  
  • Most of these textual assignments can be found online.  

Complete any three (3) of the first five assignments.

Assignment One: Non-Fiction and ethnic issues in post-colonial America.

Text: “Black Hawk’s Farewell” Author: Black Hawk

Published: 1812

    • Read “Black Hawk’s Farewell” 
    • Complete a journal assignment with respect to the journal guidelines.
    • When we get back to class, be prepared to discuss this piece of non-fiction with peers and your instructor.

Assignment Two:  Short Story / The emergence of an American “voice”. 

Text: “Rip Van Winkle” Author:  Washington Irving

Published:  1820

    • Read “Rip Van Winkle”
    • Complete a journal assignment with respect to the journal guidelines.
    • When we get back to school, be prepared to discuss the emergence of the American “voice” as it applies to this work of literature.

Assignment Three: “How-To” Literature and feminine responsibility in early 1800’s America.

Text: Introduction to The American Frugal Housewife

Author: Lydia Marie Child Published: 1832

    • Read the introduction to The American Frugal Housewife 
    • Complete a journal assignment with respect to journal guidelines.
    • When we return to school, be prepared to refute or defend the following argument: “The best place for a woman in 1832 was in the kitchen and at home having babies.”

Assignment Four:  Conformity, individualism, and Transcendentalism during the American New England Renaissance.

Text: “On The Duty of Civil Disobedience”

Author: Henry David Thoreau Published: 1854

    • Read “On The Duty of Civil Disobedience” 
    • Complete a journal with respect to the journal guidelines.
    • Upon return to our beloved classroom, be prepared to write your own manifesto with respect to your obedience to Franklinton High School.

Assignment Five:  Short Story / The emergence of feminism in America.

Text: “The Yellow Wallpaper” Author:  Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Published: 1892

    • Read “The Yellow Wallpaper” 
    • Complete a journal with respect to the journal guidelines.
    • When we see each other again, be prepared to argue the validity of insanity pleas in a court of law.

Assignment Six:  Read two (2) of the following three (3):

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 

Moby Dick

The Scarlet Letter 

Read the books cover to cover.  There will be a test on the books you choose when you come to class the first day of the semester. 

Notes from Mrs. Bauer:

Do not get caught behind with these assignments.  If you complete a reading assignment per week and start reading the novel right away, you will succeed.  Remember, just because we are going on break does not mean we have a right to quit learning.  Learning is a daily activity, and I have chosen works of American literature that will let you explore your own experiences.  I want the journals to be loaded with thoughts and ideas, not superficial and “robotic”.