SUMMER WORK AP ENGLISH
PURCHASE COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING BOOKS:
JANE EYRE BY CHARLOTTE BRONTE
ALL THE PRETTY HORSES BY CORMAC MCCARTHY
SUMMER ACTIVITY 1: READ BOTH NOVELS CAREFULLY, MAKING MANY NOTES IN THE MARGINS AS YOU READ – IN OTHER WORDS, ANNOTATE THE TEXT WITH COPIOUS COMMENTARY. ONE OF YOUR FIRST GRADES WILL BE BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF COMMENTARY IN YOUR BOOKS. IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ENCOURAGED TO ANNOTATE YOUR TEXTS. READ THE LEARNING OBJECTIVES BELOW FOR EACH NOVEL AND DO YOUR BEST TO MAKE ANNOTATIONS THAT FOCUS ON THOSE ELEMENTS SPECIFICALLY.
SUMMER ACTIVITY 2: PREPARE FOR AN OBJECTIVE TEST ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS AND AN IN-CLASS ESSAY ON THE SECOND DAY OF CLASS. YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE ESSAY QUESTION ON DAY ONE. THESE TESTS WILL SERVE AS DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS ABOUT YOUR WRITING SKILLS AND DEMONSTRATE YOUR COMPLETION OF THE SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT.
Jane Eyre Learning Objectives
Analyze the social, cultural, and historical significance of the various settings to deepen comprehension of Jane Eyre.
Analyze how changes in setting reinforce the developments in characters, plot, and themes.
Analyze how settings function as a metaphor in Jane Eyre.
Analyze how plot developments produce psychological dilemmas for the main characters.
Analyze how the relationship between Jane and other characters portray both the complexity of the characters as well as Jane’s psychological development.
Analyze how connections among motifs, setting, and character traits suggest multiple themes.
Analyze how multiple characters acting as narrators, each with a limited and possibly unreliable perspective, influence the interpretations of events, characters, and themes.
All the Pretty Horses Learning Objectives
Analyze how ATPH fits the pattern of a quest novel, and the movement of the main character from innocence to experience.
Analyze how connections among motifs, setting, character traits, character development, and plot suggest multiple themes.
Analyze the effect that specific literary devices, including foreshadowing and symbolism, have on specific passages and how they operate within the context of the novel as a whole.
Analyze the different roles and functions that characters play in ATPH and how the relationships among character actions, dialogue, thoughts, and feeling portray nuances of complex characters and advance the narrative.
Analyze the social, cultural, and historical significance of the borderland setting, and analyze how the setting functions as a metaphor to reinforce themes.
Analyze how the non-linear structure of ATPH operates to further narrative development.
Analyze how McCarthy’s choice to include non-translated Spanish and non-traditional convections influences the narrative, and understand how the variances in standard English spoken by the characters are a result of regional conventions.