This is a rigorous summer reading assignment intended for completion before students take AP English Language and Composition. It requires students to read three books (Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont and their choice of two memoirs from a list). They must also do significant work with vocabulary development and formal and informal writing. Finally, in preparation for the non-fiction requirements of the course, students must complete a news portfolio detailing current events that happen over the summer. This assignment will keep your AP students' brains sharp and ready for the challenges of AP Language and Composition.