This introductory AP Literature unit can be used for summer work or for the first three weeks of the year--or both! It includes:
Lecture notes on how to define literary merit
Lecture notes on the major literary elements
A sample reading list
Discussion questions on four short stories and ten poems.
The questions included are intended to help students discover the links between the what (theme, argument) and the how (literary devices). I've found that this helps to increase their confidence in analysis and close reading.