Independent Reading Assignment Select any work from the list of Q2 Choices.

You will set your own pacing and calendar for completion. The written portion will be due on__________________________. For the work you read, you must complete a thorough outline. This outline will later serve as a study guide for your AP exam; you should bear this in mind as you consider appropriate details to include. NOTE: Final outline must be typed. Outlining a Work of Fiction 1) Title - Discuss the significance of the title to the meaning of the work. 2) Author - Research the relationship of the author to his or her work. - What is the historical or literary significance of this work? 3) Opening Chapter or Scene - What is accomplished? - What is the significance of the opening to the work as a whole? - What is the significance of the opening to the meaning of the work? 4) The World of the Work - What is the setting? - What class is being represented? - What are the values of the people? - Discuss the influence of the society on the individual characters. 5) Themes and Conflicts (REQUIRED) - Express the key ideas in one or two words. - What are the techniques that the author uses to develop these themes? (Does s/he do it through character, outcomes of the plot, etc.?) - What are the relationships of the themes and conflicts to the world? - What are the conflicts between individuals, groups, ideas, and values? - What are significant lines in the work that express these themes and conflicts? 6) Characters (REQUIRED) - What conflicts are present between characters? Are they internal or external? - Are the characters realistic or unrealistic? What is the purpose of these characters? What is their relationship to the story? - Compare and contrast some of the main characters. What is the purpose of these comparisons? 7) Style (REQUIRED) - Analyze the author’s use of diction and syntax. - Analyze the use of figurative language. - What is the tone? Discuss. - Examples! 8) Plot (This section is not designed for plot summary; in fact, this will not be tolerated.) - Discuss the structure of the plot. What is the time structure? - What point of view is the plot told through? What is the significance of this?

Are there striking or unrealistic incidents? Why? Make note of key moments and their purposes – exposition, rising action, climax, dénouement, etc. 9) Symbols - Discuss the symbols’ significance to the meaning of the story. 10) Views of the Past - What is the protagonist’s OR author’s view of the past? - Is it to recapture something? Why? - Is it to escape something? Why? 11) Parallel Events, Characters, Situation, and Works - Are there parallel events within the story? Why? - Can you find any parallels with other works? Perhaps to one we are reading in class together? Add your own experiences. 12) Conclusion - Was the conclusion a satisfactory solution to problems? Why or why not? - Do you think it was appropriate to the plot and characters? Why or why not? 13) Your Impressions (REQUIRED) - What are your impressions of the work? - How are you? How was this process for you? What’s going on in your life? Note: At this point in your English career, it should not even be a question if you need to have textual evidence…