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This is due on the first the day of school. Those who do not complete will be considered for removal from the course. 

Mr. Evan N. Brengel                                                                                                                                                        Summer 2017

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Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

This assignment is designed to stimulate your brain as you prepare to delve into a year that will tax your mind and feed your soul- an exploration of classic literature? (No? Just me? Bueller?... Bueller?)

Please read all parts of this document carefully.

Course Overview

This advanced literature course will engage students in careful reading and analysis of a challenging set of literary works from a range of genres including the novel, short story, poetry, and drama. The focus of the course will be on intensive reading and discussion of the literature, as well introduce secondary critical essays for discussion and evaluation. Emphasis will be placed on thoughtful and cogent analysis of the readings using a variety of theoretical frameworks and devices.

This course is intended to provide students with an academic experience parallel to that of a college level literature course. This course will also include a writing component that focuses on expository, analytical and argumentative writing about the literature through both discussion and essay format. Students are expected to be active readers as they analyze and interpret textual detail, establish connections among their observations, and draw logical inferences leading toward an interpretive conclusion.

This course also prepares students who do all the coursework for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Exam administered each May. Students will read, write and discuss poetry, fiction, and drama at an advanced college level while using online resources to develop skills including sophisticated use of literary elements and terminology, close readings of various texts, creating, drafting, and editing college-level analytical essays, preparing and writing timed essays, and advanced use and mastery of standard English

Just So You Know What You Are Getting Into, here are some of my expectations for the course:

  • Unexcused Late Work will be accepted for 2 days after the due date. The moment it is late (not done when collected at the start of class), it is an immediate 50. After that, a permanent 0 will stay. This obviously does not apply to excused absences, but see notes about being late below.
  • It is the expectation that you will seek to find out what work you have missed. Simply missing and showing up the next day asking “What did I miss?” is a discouraged practice. Find out for yourself what you’ve missed, and seek to come in asking for a specific resource you didn’t receive.
  • Communicate by email advance notification of absences/ extended absences to stay in the loop.
  • All work should be of AP caliber. Neat, exemplary of best writing. If handwriting is illegible, type it. Never ever use “text-talk.” All writing should be legible, appropriately sized, paragraphs should be indented, etc.
  • You will have a binder/ notebook in which to collect resources. That should be in class every day, and all returned essays, tests, quizzes, and notes should be kept in there as a reference point. If you are unable to keep resources distributed to you and reproduce them next year to use as a reference when asked, it may affect your class grade.
  • Assignments are due at the beginning of class. Do not come in still needing to “put on finishing touches,” print things, etc. Those will be marked late (50%)
  • There is no turning work in piece by piece. When something is assigned, there is no giving “part now, part later.” The first submission will be scored as is.


With that fun out of the way- now on to the true fun! Literature! Flip over to find your summer assignment


1) Please Purchase Both of these Books

_______ 5 Steps to a 5 AP Literature and Composition 2017 Edition by Barbara Murphy and Estelle Rankin

Please make sure this is the 2017 Edition, which has an open book on the front. Here is a picture of what it looks like:


_______ One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Night by Ken Kesey

Physical copies of both are required. While possible to read via electronic copy, we will be doing annotations, notes etc.


2) Read The Novel


3) Prepare a Dialectal Journal

Dialectical Journal: You will complete a series of journal entries for the book that demonstrates engagement with the text, attempts to understand the various arguments presented, and provides a sampling of your best critical thinking.

For the book, you will complete a chart like the example below. In addition, you must:

• Create a heading with your name, the book title, and book author. You must use proper MLA format
• Select 8-10 meaningful passages (the sentences can be a sentence or two in a paragraph) that adequately draw from the beginning, middle, and end of the text and include the page number from which it came. These will go in the first column according to the chart.
• Paraphrase or summarize the passage. It will be helpful to provide the context in which it came. In other words, what is happening before and after this passage appears in the text? This is the second column.
• Analyze and react to the passage in full sentences—not notes. This should NOT just be a personal reaction or summary; rather, you should attempt to analyze the methods that the writer uses to make his or her message. This is where you will show your engagement and reflection. Your analysis should be longer than the selected quotation or passage. This is the third column.

3) Write an Essay

On my webpage, ( Follow the path Teachers/Brengel/AP Literature/ Summer Assignment 2017) click on the link that Says “Summer Assignment 2017.” Use the novel, and pick ANY of the prior free response prompts to write a full bodied Free Response Prompt using your summer novel as the focal point. Keep the following specifications in mind. There is a chapter in “5 Steps to a 5” that you can use to guide you on how to best write this essay.

  • Should be size 12, Times New Roman, double spaced.
  • Should be two full pages.
  • Does not necessarily need to use specific quotes (As you wouldn’t have the novel with you on the actual AP exam) from the novel, but should demonstrate a clear reading of the novel
    • Header should include your name, the course, the date and the assignment title. Should not take up more than 2 lines, modeled at the top of this page.


Final Notes

Essay, journals, and your copies of your novel and workbook are due in class on the first day of school. Like a Boy Scout, be prepared. There will be a test on your novel on the first day. Receipt of this handout and your signature on the acknowledgement page acknowledges your commitment to the program. Failure to complete this assignment and have it prepared on the first day of school may constitute consideration for removal from the course.


Questions? [email protected]