Hialeah Gardens Senior High Advanced Placement Language and Composition Summer Readings and Activities Mrs. N.

Davis & Mrs. C. Rodriguez
OVERVIEW The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help you become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both writing and reading should make you aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way conventions and language contribute to effectiveness in writing. An AP English Language and Composition course should help you move beyond such formulaic responses as the five‐paragraph, FCAT‐type essay. The summer readings will help you to interpret, analyze, reflect upon, and synthesize texts from a variety of disciplines and periods. By completing these 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! CLASS BLOG These activities, the class handouts, our discussion posts, and other information will be listed on our AP Language & Composition blog at http://hghsAPlanguage.blogspot.com. Check the blog once a week during the summer for any updates or for other pertinent information. REQUIRED READINGS 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:  The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell  One EDITORIAL per week (8 in total) from ONE of the following online magazines/newspapers: Harper's Magazine, Mother Jones, New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, The Economist, The Los Angeles Times, The National 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. NECESSARY SUPPLIES 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 an example 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. SUMMER READING SCHEDULE 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 23, 2010.
Week of June 13th-19th:  Read “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer J. Adler, Ph.D.  The Tipping Point (Intro, and Part One)  One editorial Week of June 20th- June 26th:  The Tipping Point (Part Two, Part Three)  One editorial Week of June 27th-July 3rd:  The Tipping Point (Part Four)  One editorial Week of July 4th – July 17th:  The Tipping Point (Part Five, Part Six)  One editorial Week of July 18th – July 24th:  The Tipping Point (Part Seven)  One editorial Week of July 25th – July 31st:  The Tipping Point (Part Eight)  One editorial Week of August 1st – August 7th:  The Tipping Point (Afterword)  One editorial Week of August 8th – August 14th:  One editorial Week of August 15th – August 21st:  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Note: You can earn bonus points if you respond to discussion questions posted on the blog!

ASSIGNMENTS 1. Keep a vocabulary journal or words you have to look up as you read. Define these words, provide their parts of speech, a synonym and an antonym. This will also help you when it’s time to take the S.A.T. 2. For The Tipping Point, you must do the following:  Take notes in your book, as stated in Adler’s “How to Mark a Book.”  For each part, 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 these questions in your journal once you’ve read ALL of the book: How is this book different from the novels you are used to reading in English classes? Do you agree with the argument? When? Why? How does the author establish credibility? What types of evidence does the author use to support his claims? Do you see any holes in this argument? Does the author address those holes? Does the style of writing affect the effectiveness of the book?  Keep in mind that we will have a class debate using the information from this book during the first week of September. 3. For vocabulary, you must do the following:  You need to print and learn the "Style and Rhetorical Appeals ‐ Terms to Know” from the blog.  Put each word on an index card and include your own abridged definition and an example of each. Have these terms memorized before the first day of school. THERE WILL BE A TEST ON THE FIRST DAY! 4. For the editorials, you must do the following:  Remember, you need editorials NOT articles. There is a difference. An editorial states an OPINION, while an article states FACTS.  Find your editorial from one of the newspaper/magazines listed on the blog.  Print your editorial, take notes on the printout as stated in Adler’s “How to Mark a Book.”  Use the SOAPSTone handout on the blog as a response to your reading.  Write a one‐page journal entry that discusses each of the SOAPSTone topics.  Do NOT summarize the editorial! See the sample on the blog!  Remember, you will do a total of eight! PLAGIARISM & ATTENDANCE  Plagiarism WILL NOT be tolerated! Deliberate plagiarism ‐ is claiming, indicating, or implying that the ideas, sentences, or words of another are one's own. It includes copying the work of another, or following the work of another as a guide to ideas and expression that are then presented as one's own. Accidental plagiarism is the improper handling of quotations and paraphrases without a deliberate attempt to deceive. If the plagiarism is accidental, the student may correct and rewrite the paper, but will be penalized at least a letter grade.  Attendance is key for this class. If your parents are going to schedule dental or medical appointments for you once school starts, please ask them to make them after school hours. MISCELLANEOUS  You can check out your books from the local library, but we recommend you buy your own copy (used or new). Obtain your copies EARLY!  For purchasing online, there are these sites: Cheapbooks.com Bn.com Amazon.com Borders.com  There are also several bookstores that already have The Tipping Point in stock.

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