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AP Language Summer Learning

AP Language Summer Learning

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Hialeah Gardens Senior HighAdvanced Placement Language and CompositionSummer Readings and ActivitiesMrs. N. Davis & Mrs. C. Rodriguez
The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help you become skilled readers of prose written in avariety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both writing andreading should make you aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as wellas the way conventions and language contribute to effectiveness in writing. An AP English Language and Compositioncourse should help you move beyond such formulaic responses as the five
paragraph, FCAT
type essay. The summerreadings will help you to interpret, analyze, reflect upon, and synthesize texts from a variety of disciplines and periods. Bycompleting these assignments thoroughly, you will find yourself on the road to success! Remember, you have accepted thischallenge, and Gladiators never ba
ck down from a battle…so read, read, read and go to
war with your writing!
These activities, the class handouts, our discussion posts, and other information will be listed on our APLanguage & Composition blog at http://hghsAPlanguage.blogspot.com. Check the blog once a week during the summer forany updates or for other pertinent information.
 You will first read: “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D. There is a link already on the blog.
You will needto print it,
read it, and use Adler’s tips in the following readings:
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference 
by Malcolm Gladwell
per week (8 in total) from ONE of the following online magazines/newspapers: Harper'sMagazine, Mother Jones, New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, The Economist, The Los Angeles Times, TheNational Post, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, or U.S. News & World Report.
These readings are in lieu of the school-wide summer readings and assignments.
 You will need these items for your assignments (all will be used throughout next school year, too):
One spiral notebook (for journaling
and the words you don’t know and define in the readings
Index cards (for vocabulary, literary tools, and tone words). Include your own abridged definition and anexample for each word.
Highlighters, pens, and a pack of sticky notes
For the beginning of the school year, you will need a two
inch (or more), three
ringed binder.
Please note that the following dates serve as a guide to help you keep a healthy pace. Use your own discretion todetermine a comfortable speed at which you complete the readings and assignments. However, both readings andassignments should be done by the first day of class on August 23, 2010.
Week of June 13th-19th:
Read “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer J. Adler,
The Tipping Point (Intro, and Part One) 
One editorial
Week of June 20
- June 26
The Tipping Point (Part Two, Part Three) 
One editorial
Week of June 27
-July 3
The Tipping Point (Part Four) 
One editorial
Week of July 4th
July 17
The Tipping Point (Part Five, Part Six) 
One editorial
Week of July 18
July 24
The Tipping Point (Part Seven) 
One editorial
Week of July 25
July 31
The Tipping Point (Part Eight) 
One editorial
Week of August 1
August 7
The Tipping Point (Afterword) 
One editorial
Week of August 8
August 14
One editorial
 Week of August 15
August 21
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Note: You can earn bonus points if you respond to discussion questions posted on the blog!

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