Quiz on books will be on day 1!


     Note to parents and students



    AP LIT Summer Reading:


    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller


    Fine print: (22 is a long work, so don’t wait until the last day to start!)


    In order to avoid plagiarism, avoid Sparknotes.  Read these on your own!  Do the following to each book:


    1. Title, Author, Date of publication.
    2. List of Characters. Write a brief character sketch for three major characters explaining their significances / Be sure to include a quote from the work which encapsulates who they are as a person.
    3. List of 3 quotes that best mirror the key ideas / themes of the book. Explain why they were chosen by you, but avoid first person.
    4. What did you notice about / from the book that no-one else did? Write a 7-10 sentence paragraph that explains your epiphany or understanding. Your epiphany can be theme-based or style-based, or both! Don’t retell the obvious!




    (you must learn to rely on your own thinking / perceptive ability…that’s what the AP test is all about…and you’ll be turning this in to TURNITIN.com during the first week, so yes, print it out. Be ready to take a quiz on DAY 1 over these books!)



     Note on the novels/plays:  One or both of these works may or may not deal with mature themes, diction, or syntax.  We do not acknowledge or condone these instances, if any; rather we will simply investigate as if we were doctors examining a patient…and then we learn from it, becoming improved practitioners of thought.  This AP literature class is intended to serve as a surrogate to or for a college literature class where writings are judged upon merit without regard for every social norm.  Therefore a mature perspective is required and necessary. 





    Just like a college class, you are expected to access your own reading.  Therefore it is recommended you purchase a copy (Amazon.com / Barnes and Noble / used bookstores) for you to underline in, annotate, and continue the writing with your own thoughts.  I am fine with eReaders if you can take notes while you read.  Otherwise, borrow from the library or friends.  But make sure you do so sooner than later. Some works do have PDFs on-line free to read, but not all.


    Here is a list of required readings for the school year:


    Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

    Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

    *Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Othello by William Shakespeare (in our textbook)


    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

    The Stranger by Albert Camus (one class set)

    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (in our textbook)

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee


    {You will choose only one of the following so wait until school starts before you obtain this:

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving}




    ***Bold=Fall Semester