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Required Summer Reading for AP Literature 2019

 Completing the following assignments is a necessary step in Advance Placement English, as it will prepare you for the rest of the year. 

You can either borrow these titles, read online or order them for yourself.  I recommend having text you can annotate (take notes in the margins, or mark anything you don’t fully understand).  If you would like to order your own copy-the following two sources have the best prices (the books usually range between $1 and $3). or

 The Bible (the King James Version or the New Standard Version is best for syntax and structure)

            Read the following excerpts from the Bible—there is no writing to accompany this reading. You should view these sections as literature, not as religious teachings. The purpose of these stories is that they provide background for many of the allusions in the literature/poetry we will be studying later this year; therefore you must be familiar with the verses.


            From the book of “Genesis”

                                Ch 1-4 Creation and the Fall of Mankind/Cain & Abel

                                Ch 6-8 Flood

                                Ch 11-12  Babel/Beginning of Israel/Jewish Nation

                                Ch 19 Sodom & Gomorrah

                                Ch 22 Abraham Tested

                From the book “Exodus”

                                Ch 1-11 Moses & Plagues/ “Deliverance”

                                Ch 20 Ten Commandments


                                Ch 13-16 Samson/Delilah

                “Samuel 1”

                                Ch 16—17:54  David & Goliath

                “Kings 1”

  • 3Wisdom of Solomon


                14:12-15   Treachery/Fall of Satan



                                Ch 1-4  Jesus, John the Baptist, Temptation

                                Ch  14:1-36 Miracles

                                Ch 18:21-25 Forgiveness

                                Ch 26-28 Last supper, crucifixion, resurrection


2. Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Take notes (in whatever way is easiest for you) specifically on the elements of characterization and satire (if you don’t know what this is, find out) in the ways she mocks human error and what social criticism she gives.

 You will write an essay on this novel upon returning to school, and we will use that essay as our first writing workshop.

 3. Half of our year is spent on poetry, so your final assignment is POETRY. Read the following Dylan Thomas poem and complete the two writings.

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


1. You are to type a one-page, double spaced response to this piece, explaining both your personal interpretation of the poem (I will know if you merely “Google” it), and the way it applies to you at this point in your life.  This is your chance for me to learn about WHO YOU ARE.

2. Then, choose a song that you believe defines you in some important way, print the lyrics, and type a one-page, double-spaced response explaining why the song you chose defines you. Put some thought into this—this will be my first impression of you as a person.  You will not be asked to share these with your peers, so be as honest as possible. (You may go slightly over the one page limit, but not more than a few lines---part of the assignment is to be concise in your analysis.)

You may also choose to order these additional titles, as we may be reading these selections throughout the course of next year, though this list is subject to change. I have some of these for you to check out, but not all of them. Electronic copies are acceptable for the novels, but not the plays.

1984 (Orwell)                                                               Othello (Shakespeare)

The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)                                    The Screwtape Letters (Lewis)

Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky)                       The Kite Runner (Hosseini)                          Oedipus The King (Sophocles)                               A Tale of Two Cities  (Shakespeare)

I am available if you need help or have questions through the summer— email me.  However, I do not check my email daily in the summer, so it may be a matter of days before I can respond to you. And emailing me the night before school is not a good choice.

The written responses are due the first day of school, no exceptions! 

The majority of the year will be based upon the discussions we have as a class (and your participation is a MUST), so being prepared is not a request, it is a necessity 

I am looking forward to seeing you all in the fall; we should have a great year ahead of us!