AP Language & Composition Summer Reading

Students taking AP Language and Composition are required to read 1 book, for which they should be prepared to discuss upon their return in September.
In addition, they should read 5 essays of their own choosing. They should then choose 2 essays to do a close reading analysis. They will submit a close reading template and 1 paragraph for each of these 2 essays.
The close reading template as well as other helpful materials can be found in the link below.
Book Choices (Choose one)

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg (contributors: Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams)

My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber


Essay Reading List (Choose five).

James Baldwin’s Notes of the Native Son

Wendell Berry’s An Entrance to the Woods

Eula Bliss’s The Pain Scale

Robert Dallek’s The Medical Ordeals of JFK

Joan Didion’s Goodbye to All That

William Hazlitt’s On the Feeling of Immortality in Youth

Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place (first section only)

John McPhee’s The Search for Marvin Gardens

Chimamanda Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists

Lia Purpura’s Autopsy Report

Scott Russell Sanders’s Under the Influence

Richard Selzer’s The Knife

David Foster Wallace’s Consider the Lobster

E.B. White’s Once More to the Lake

Virginia Woolf’s Shakespeare’s Sister
Click on the link below to access the close reading template and other materials that will be useful as you complete the Summer Reading Assignment for AP Lang.
Link is accessible with wwprsd account.
AP Lang Summer Reading Materials

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