English 12 AP BOOK ACTIVITIES:
Get started now: use the summer!
THE READING OF ALL THREE BOOKS MUST OCCUR IN THE SUMMERTIME BECAUSE TESTS WILL BE GIVEN ON EACH BOOK DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS. In September, the books will be discussed in the order given below.
For EACH of these books, please complete a 5” x 8” notecard, detailing an analysis of the work. Include all of the information as seen on the Sample Card Report which is included here to serve as a model. THESE WILL BE COLLECTED THE SECOND DAY OF CLASS. Since these will serve as your “pre-AP” review, make them detailed so that you can vividly recollect what each book is about
NATIVE SON by Richard Wright
1. After completing the book, read about EXISTENTIALISM. Make notes on your sheets as to those points that do or do not apply to Bigger Thomas. Complete a 1 page (typed and double-spaced) analysis of whether Bigger Thomas IS or IS NOT an existential hero.
2. MOTIFS: List the recurring words or images [motifs].
When you start noticing that an author is using the same
phrase or picture or color or sound or image again and again,
you’re “on to something” on the interpretive level. List these
motifs IN THE FRONT OF YOUR BOOK.
Hurston’s THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
A. Take the TWO motifs that you have been assigned (mule, horizon, Janie’s hair and clothing, pear tree and petals) and, using the charts provided, map out how these motifs work throughout the book.
B. Write a well-developed paragraph for each motif, explaining what the motif represents and what it adds to an understanding either of Janie or of the novel or both.
FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
Read the information on various critical interpretations of Frankenstein. (From the Interweb)
Complete the top sheet, thinking through each theory.
THEN write a one page (typed, double-spaced) analysis of Frankenstein using your own critical theory. This may be totally original or it may borrow from the various critical theories read. If you favor one critical interpretation more than the others, recognize that one and explain your agreement in your own analysis.