One of the major objectives of the AP Language and Composition class is to help students to become more skilled, analytical, and careful readers. It is essential that students continue to practice critical reading skills independently during the summer months. The Summer Read assignment is designed to allow students to preview major themes of the course, reflect upon and challenge their notions of reading and writing, and to instill a strong work ethic that students will be expected to maintain throughout the upcoming school year.
• The “Room for Debate” assignments serve several purposes. First, they will help familiarize students with nonfiction texts, which much of this course centers upon. Also, students will begin to analyze the techniques used by writers to support differing viewpoints on a subject. In addition, we will be referring to this assignment later in the term as students research, gather various resources on, and create a synthesis essay about a current issue in the news. Students will be expected to use MLA formatting for their Works Cited, which they will become familiar with through the Summer Read assignment.
• In addition, students will read Tim O'Brien's novel "The Things They Carried" and respond to seven in-depth questions. This assignment will help students to preview major themes of the course, including the distinctions between truth and fiction, the power of stories, and the "real" meaning of a text. They will also be invited to consider theme, symbolism, point of view, and characterization.
• The first page outlines the assignment, including a rationale and directions. Each assignment is then explained in more detail. There are samples of both components for students to model, and grading rubrics have also been provided.
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