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East Greenwich School District Summer Reading: AP English Literature and Composition

Summer reading requirements at Cole Middle School and East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich Rhode Island

Summer Reading Requirements for Course: AP English Literature and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition Summer Reading Requirements

*This page represents the entire summer reading assignment for AP Literature. You do not need to (though you may) select the choice book for 11-12 grades, as Crime and Punishment serves as your “injustice” text - indeed, every title below deals with injustice.  All students, regardless of when they enroll in this class, must complete the Summer Reading.

Overview: In order to prepare thoroughly for your May 2020 exam in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, you must accomplish significant reading over this summer. We simply do not have time to do all of this reading during the school year while we are also working on writing. Accordingly, summer reading will include reading AND an additional assignment regarding the following works:

Fiction Titles and Assignments (see descriptions below):

  1. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, and A Streetcar Named Desire prompts.
  2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Crime and Punishment prompts.
  3. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. Read and annotate the text.
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens OR any title from the following list of books that have been suggested by The College Board on the AP Literature and Composition Exam.

Assessment of Summer Reading:  Your grade for these summer readings will be based on notoriously difficult multiple choice plot tests (50%) and your outlines or annotations (50%). There will also be several Socratics on each work.

Questions?  Email Mrs. Izzo at kizzo@egsd.net

Required Summer Reading Book #1

Required Reading #1. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. 

  • You may want to gather a group to watch the Marlon Brando black and white movie version after everyone’s read it.
  • In addition to the reading, you must create sentence outlines responding to two of the following questions: A Streetcar Named Desire Prompts (link to prompts below).

*45 print copies available at state public libraries. Call or stop by your public library to pick up a copy.

Required Summer Reading Book #2

Required Reading #2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • This is a dense, dense text. Even for people who love literature and read quickly, it's not an easy book to get through, so don't try to plow through it in the three days before school starts. You'll ruin the end of your summer. I leave it here because it becomes a favorite book of all time for some students.
  • In addition to the reading, you must create sentence outlines responding to two of the following questions: Crime and Punishment Prompts.

eBook available available through our school library. To access the eBook, click on the book title above and enter the following:
Username: Your five digit lunch ID
Password: EGR

*Portable media player, eBook, audiobook and 50 print copies available at state public libraries. Call or stop by your public library to pick up a copy.

Required Summer Reading Book #3

Required Reading #3. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison:

  • Read and annotate the text. If you purchase your book, you may annotate directly in the text. If not, you will have to use paper or type. The link to the Annotation Rubric is below.

eBook available available through our school library. To access the eBook, click on the book title above and enter the following:
Username: Your five digit lunch ID
Password: EGR

*57 print copies, audio book, and eBook available at state public libraries. Call or stop by your public library to pick up a copy.

Required Summer Reading Book #4

Required Reading #4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens OR any title from the following list of books that have been suggested by The College Board on the AP Literature and Composition Exam (see link below).

You needn’t complete any assignment for this selection. Please just read and enjoy.

eBook available available through our school library. To access the eBook, click on the book title above and enter the following:
Username: Your five digit lunch ID
Password: EGR

*75 print copies and eBooks available at state public libraries. Call or stop by your public library to pick up a copy.