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Pre AP English II Summer Reading


Students enrolled in Pre AP English II are required to complete a summer reading assignment. Students will be tested on the material upon return to class in August. If you have any questions regarding the assignment, please e-mail me:lee.dillard@academyisd.net.


1. Read and annotate Brave New World by Huxley.

2. Read and annotate Death of a Salesman by Miller.

3. Be prepared to complete assignments and quiz over the material when school starts.

4. Bonus: Complete a journal for Brave New World for bonus points. You may use the composition book you used in Pre AP English I. It is a good idea to keep track of that journal. The following example is for The Scarlet Letter, but the concept is the same forBrave New World.



The Scarlet Letter


Ch. 1 The Prison Door


Pull the sentence from the chapter that you think is the most important. Put it in this column in quotation marks. Page number should follow in parenthesis.

Ch. 2 etc.

Explanation: Explain why you chose the quote. Do not paraphrase! Is it foreshadowing? Is it about character? Why do you think this particular passage is important to the novel as a whole, etc. The explanation may be longer than the quote itself.



We have a new summer reading incentive. Any novel tested on during the summer, will receive double points (up to 10). For example, Things They Carried is worth 10 points. If tested before school starts, it is worth 20 points. The Joy Luck Club is worth 14 points. If tested in the summer, it is worth 24 points.We are hoping this will encourage students to get some of the required reading completed before school starts.


Pre AP students MUST read novels on the AP list. The AP list contains the novels that have been used on the AP tests in the past. All of the novels are of literary merit. Some novels have adult content, so parents are welcome to research the novels before having the student read. Be sure to avoid novels you know are studied in class.



AP Summer Reading


Students enrolled in AP English Language and AP English Literature are required to complete a summer reading assignment. Students will be tested on the material upon return to class in August. If you have any questions regarding the assignment, please e-mail me: lee.dillard@academyisd.net.



AP English Language (Juniors)


1. Read and annotate The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

2. Reading journal for The Scarlet Letter.  Please use a composition book. You may use the same composition book you used as freshmen and/or sophomores.


The Scarlet Letter


Ch. 1 The Prison Door


Pull the sentence from the chapter that you think is the most important. Put it in this column in quotation marks. Page number should follow in parenthesis.

Ch. 2 etc.

Explanation: Explain why you chose the quote. Do not paraphrase! Is it foreshadowing? Is it about character? Why do you think this particular passage is important to the novel as a whole, etc. The explanation may be longer than the quote itself.


3. Read and annotate The Crucible by Arthur Miller.





AP English Literature (Seniors)


1. Read and annotate How to Read Literature Like a Professor. A project based on this book will be assigned the first week of school.


2. Read and annotate The Odyssey (Robert Fagles translation).


3. Reading journal. You will need two passages from each book in The Odyssey. Journals are due the first day of class.


Have a great summer!