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AP Language Summer Work 2011

AP Language Summer Work 2011

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Hialeah Gardens Senior High Advanced Placement Language and CompositionSummer Readings and Activities 2011Mrs. C. RodriguezOVERVIEW 
 AP English Language and Composition is a class that hones your skills as a reader and writer. In this class you will analyze the effectiveness of languageand argument in various texts. Our focus will be nonfiction (as seen in our summer reading selections), but we will read a small amount of fiction, too. You will learn to focus on ASTaD (an author’s style, tone and diction) as you read, and you will express your findings in your writings. From A to Z(anaphora to zeugma), you will learn the many tools authors use to move their readers. As a means of test preparation throughout the year, we willpractice three essay styles: analysis, argumentative, and synthesis. Vocabulary will also be a strong focus, which will not only prepare you for your APtest, but also for the SAT, ACT, college and life! The summer readings and assignments will help you in each of the aforementioned areas! By completingthese assignments thoroughly, you will find yourself on the road to success! Remember, you have accepted this challenge, and Gladiators never back 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 AP Language & Composition blog at:http://cRoDsApCrEw.blogspot.com (also check my new website: www.crodsdreamteam.com). Check the blog/website once or twice a week during thesummer for any 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 need to print it, read it, and use Adler’s tips in the following readings:
What the Dog Saw
 by Malcolm Gladwell and
 Lincoln on Leadership
 by Donald Phillips
These two novels and activities are in lieu of the school-wide summer readings and assignments.
Be sure to bring your books to class on the first day, and be prepared for a test on both! You will also have a project on both (to be announcedthe first week of school)
 You will need these items for your assignments (all will be used throughout next school year, too):
One three-subject spiral OR composition notebook (WILL SERVE AS YOUR VOCABULARY JOURNAL):~ the first section is for vocab you will learn in class beginning in August~ the second section is for the words you find in your readings that you don’t know (you will define them)~ the third section is for the Gladiator Words of the Day 
 Another three-subject spiral OR composition notebook (WILL SERVE AS YOUR READING-RESPONSE JOURNAL):~ the first section (divide into two sections) is for
What the Dog Saw
 Lincoln on Leadership
 ~ the second section is for editorials you will read during the course of the year~ the third section will be for the two novels we read August-December
Index cards (see the AP Words to Know Summer 2011 handout)
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 with six dividers (to be labeled: notes, responses, ASTaD, SAT/ACT lessons, vocab tests, AP mock exams)
Please note that the following dates serve as a guide to help you keep a healthy pace. Use your own discretion to determine a comfortable speed at which you complete the readings and assignments. However, both readings and assignments should be done by the first day of class on August 22, 2011.
 Week of June 13th – 19th:
Read “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D.
What the Dog Saw – The
Preface, “The Pitchman” and “TheKetchup Conundrum”
 Lincoln on Leadership
- Preface
 Week of June 20th – 26th:
What the Dog Saw –
“Blowing Up” and “True Colors”
 Lincoln on Leadership
- Introduction
 Week of June 27th – July 3rd:
What the Dog Saw –
“John Rock’s Error” and “What theDog Saw”
 Lincoln on Leadership
– Part I (People)
 Week of July 4th – July 10
What the Dog Saw –
“Open Secrets” and “Million DollarMurray”
 Lincoln on Leadership
– Part II (Character)
 Week of July 11th – July 17 
What the Dog Saw –
“The Picture Problem” and“Something Borrowed” and
Connecting the Dots”
 Lincoln on Leadership
– Part III (Endeavor)
 Week of July 18th – July 24
What the Dog Saw –
“The Art of Failure” and ”Blowup”
 Lincoln on Leadership
– Part IV (Communication)
 Week of July 25th – July 31
What the Dog Saw –
“Late Bloomers” and “Most Likely toSucceed”
 Lincoln on Leadership
- Epilogue
 Week of August 1st – August 7 
What the Dog Saw –
“Dangerous Minds” and “The TalentMyth”
 Lincoln on Leadership
- Afterword
 Week of August 8th – August 14
What the Dog Saw –
“The New-Boy Network” and“Troublemakers”
  Week of August 15th – August 21st:
Break time! (Be sure you are studying, though!)
There will be both required and bonusquestions posted on the blog each week.Your posts must be thoughtful and insightful responsesto the questions.
In your vocabulary journal, write down terms you don’t understand from your summer readings. In the second section of  your spiral notebook (as stated under “Necessary Supplies” listed on the previous page), define these words in a succinctand simple way, provide their parts of speech, as well as a synonym and an antonym. This will also help you when it’s timeto take the S.A.T.2. For
What the Dog Saw,
 you must do the following:
Take notes in your book, as stated in Adler’s “How to Mark a Book.”
For each chapter (there are 21 in total), write a half 
page entry in your journal that states your reaction and response to Gladwell’s ideas.It can be about your feelings about his findings, or how you feel about the way he presents his message.
 Answer the following questions in your journal once you’ve read ALL of the book (you will not do this for each section, just the book as a whole): How is this book different from the novels you are used to reading in English classes? Do you agree with the argument(s)? Why? What strategies (in syntax, style, and literary devices) does the author use in making his argument? Does the style of writing affect theeffectiveness of the book? What types of evidence does the author use to support his claims? Do you see any holes in this argument? Doesthe author address those holes? What did you like about Gladwell’s writing? What did you not like? How can you apply what youlearned in these readings to your own life?
For Lincoln on Leadership, you must do the following:
Take notes in your book, as stated in Adler’s “How to Mark a Book.”
 You need to pick two quotes from each of the four parts (listed below). Choose two quoted from each part that move you most (can be ina negative or positive way). The 8 quotes you choose will serve as essay prompts.
In your journal, for the quotes you choose, write an argumentative essay for each of the eight. Basically, you will defend or challenge thequote using examples from
 Lincoln on Leadership
, you prior knowledge (history, science, psychology, or events in the news), an examplefrom one your past readings (can be from a novel, short story, essay or speech you read in ANY of your previous classes), as well as anexample from your personal observations and/or experiences. Be sure to use the following: a SHAPRP hook, ALIVE words, a thesisstatement, body paragraphs about 7-9 sentences long, a STRONG conclusion with a closer that POPS! You will likely have six paragraphs– an introduction; one body paragraph using your support from your prior readings; one from the novel itself; one body paragraph usingan example from your prior knowledge; one from your personal observations/experiences; and a conclusion.
 When it’s all said and done, you will have eight essays completely written. I will provide an example of an argumentative essay on the blog later in the summer, so you can see the format.
Remember, choose two quotes from each of the four parts!PART I:1.
Be the embodiment of good temper and affability.2.
If your subordinates can stand it, so can you. Set a good example.3.
 Wage only one war at a time.4.
 When you extinguish hope, you create desperation.5.
Remember, human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed.6.
Delegate responsibility and authority by empowering people to act on their ownPART II:1.
Stand with anybody who stands right. Stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.2.
Have malice toward none and charity for all.3.
Touch people with the better angles/angels of your nature.4.
The probability that you may fall in the struggle ought not to deter you from the support of a cause you believe to be just.5.
Make consistency one of the main cogs in the machinery of your organization.PART III:1.
Seize the initiative and never relinquish it.2.
Never forget that your organization does not depend on the life of any one individual.3.
Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.4.
 Your war will neither be done nor attempted unless you watch it every day and hour, and force it.5.
Sometimes it’s better to plough around obstacles rather than to waste time going through them.6.
Go out into the field with your leaders, and stand or fall with the battle.7.
Remember that the best leaders never stop learning.PART IV:1.
Remember that there will be times when you should simply not speak. Say to your listeners: “Kindly let me be silent.”2.
 A good laugh is good for both the mental and physical digestion.3.
Loyalty is more often won through private conversation than in any other way.4.
 When effecting renewal, call on the past, relate it to the present, and then use them both to provide a link to the future.
4. For the AP Words to Know for Summer 2011, you must do the following:
 You need to print and learn the "AP Words to Know” from the blog.
Follow the instructions on the handout.
Have these terms memorized before the first day of school. THERE WILL BE A TEST ON THE FIRST DAY!
 When you see these concepts at work in your novels, underline it in your book and identify it. Think about its function and why theauthor used that particular tool or style!

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