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AP Literature and Composition Summer Assignment

I encourage you to enjoy this summer and allow yourself time for relaxing, rejuvenating, and
oh yes!reading. As you know, we can always uncover more with each reading. Whether or not
you have read any of the texts on the syllabus, you will need to revisit, reread, and annotate these

This summer you will be required to read and annotate the following books:

Required Reading:

The Art of Fiction, David Lodge (at least pages 1-29 + 154-7)
Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger Note: These texts are a
*Novel of your choice: (See options below) selection of the most
o Wuthering Heights, Emily Bront frequently cited texts
o Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky on the AP Literature &
o Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison Composition Exam
o The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
o Moby Dick, Herman Melville
o Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Annotations: Annotations may be written on sticky notes and placed in the text or written in a
dedicated spiral notebook. Of course, you may also purchase your own copies of the text and
write annotations directly on that text. Your annotations should consider every aspect of the text,
from the structure of the work as a whole to the denotation and connotations of individual words.
Please see the attached rubric as a guide for your annotations.
Major Works Data Sheets: Complete 1 Major Works Data Sheet (graphic organizer) for
Catcher in the Rye and 1 Major Works Data Sheet for the novel of your choice. This (MWDS) is
due the first day of class. Beginning August first, I will offer web-based discussion forums on
these texts. Web-based discussions will take place on Google Classroom or

This reading is required, and your annotations will be assessed during the first weeks of the
school year. There will be a timed essay examination about these texts during the first week of
school. We will also use these texts as a foundation for our first unit of study as we examine the
approach we will take toward literature and the development of essay topics.

Bible and Mythology Review:

In order to completely understand a work of literature, you must be able to identify allusions and
use your knowledge of the allusion to make deeper meaning of the text. To help you meet that
goal, look up each of the mythological and biblical terms and create a glossary (typed or in a
brand new Writers Notebook) that includes the following information:
Name (and origin) of entity
Attribute or defining characteristic
Function/significance in literature/culture
Summary of myth/legend/tale
*This would be a terrific opportunity to begin identifying classical and contemporary allusions to
these mythological and biblical terms. I highly recommend that you include these allusions in
your glossary. Consider the vast array of texts, artwork, films, songs...

Classical Mythology
Achilles Electra Odin
Adonis Elysian Fields Pan
Aeneas fauns Pandoras Box
Ares/Mars Golden Fleece Paris
Argus Hades Parnassus
Athena/Minerva Holy Grail Prometheus
Atlas Hector Proteus
Augean stables Henry, John Pygmalion
Bacchus/Dionysus Hera/Juno Romulus and Remus
Cassandra Hermes Scylla and Charybdis
Cerberus Hiawatha Sisyphus
Ceres/Demeter Judgment of Paris Tiresias
chimera Jupiter/Zeus Titan
Circe Laocoon Venus/Aphrodite
Daedalus Leda Vesta
Damocles Midas Zephyr
Delphic oracle Nemesis

Abraham and Isaac Esther olive branch
Annunciation golden calf pearls before swine
Ararat Jacobs Ladder Promised Land
Armageddon Jeremiah Prodigal Son
Babel Job Queen of Sheba
Babylon Leviathan Ruth
burning bush Lots wife
Damascus Methuselah

This list of figures is not exhaustive and there are certainly other (some much more common)
figures that are frequently referenced in literature (e.g. Jesus, Adam and Eve, Job, Cupid).

Resources for mythology research:

Oxford Classical Mythology Online


Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia

Optional Reading (If you have time, you definitely should read even more!)

Two goals of AP Literature and Composition are to read widely and deeply. In order to provide
you with an opportunity to read more works by writers that have appeared on the AP Literature
test in the past, I have included the list of authors provided to instructors when planning the AP
Literature and Composition course. If you would like to read more this summer, choose novels,
plays, short stories, or poems written by these writers. Emphasize novels and poems before plays
and short stories.

Please contact me via email with any questions.

Happy reading!

Ms. Arbeiter

Representative Authors

Poetry: W. H. Auden; Elizabeth Bishop; William Blake; Anne Bradstreet; Edward Kamau Brathwaite; Gwendolyn
Brooks; Robert Browning; George Gordon, Lord Byron; Lorna Dee Cervantes; Geoffrey Chaucer; Lucille Clifton;
Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Billy Collins; H. D. (Hilda Doolittle); Emily Dickinson; John Donne; Rita Dove; Paul
Laurence Dunbar; T. S. Eliot; Robert Frost; Joy Harjo; Seamus Heaney; George Herbert; Garrett Hongo; Gerard
Manley Hopkins; Langston Hughes; Ben Jonson; John Keats; Philip Larkin; Robert Lowell; Andrew Marvell; John
Milton; Marianne Moore; Sylvia Plath; Edgar Allan Poe; Alexander Pope; Adrienne Rich; Anne Sexton;
William Shakespeare; Percy Bysshe Shelley; Leslie Marmon Silko; Cathy Song; Wallace Stevens; Alfred, Lord
Tennyson; Derek Walcott; Walt Whitman; Richard Wilbur; William Carlos Williams; William Wordsworth; William
Butler Yeats

Drama: Aeschylus; Edward Albee; Amiri Baraka; Samuel Beckett; Anton Chekhov; Caryl Churchill; William
Congreve; Athol Fugard; Lorraine Hansberry; Lillian Hellman; David Henry Hwang; Henrik Ibsen; Ben Jonson;
David Mamet; Arthur Miller; Molire; Marsha Norman; Sean OCasey; Eugene ONeill; Suzan-Lori Parks; Harold
Pinter; Luigi Pirandello; William Shakespeare; George Bernard Shaw; Sam Shepard; Sophocles; Tom Stoppard; Luis
Valdez; Oscar Wilde; Tennessee Williams; August Wilson

Fiction (Novel and Short Story): Chinua Achebe; Sherman Alexie; Isabel Allende; Rudolfo Anaya;
Margaret Atwood; Jane Austen; James Baldwin; Saul Bellow; Charlotte Bront; Emily Bront; Raymond
Carver; Willa Cather; John Cheever; Kate Chopin; Sandra Cisneros; Joseph Conrad; Edwidge Danticat; Daniel
Defoe; Anita Desai; Charles Dickens; Fyodor Dostoevsky; George Eliot; Ralph Ellison; Louise Erdrich; William
Faulkner; Henry Fielding; F. Scott Fitzgerald; E. M. Forster; Thomas Hardy; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Ernest
Hemingway; Zora Neale Hurston; Kazuo Ishiguro; Henry James; Ha Jin; Edward P. Jones; James Joyce; Maxine
Hong Kingston; Joy Kogawa; Jhumpa Lahiri; Margaret Laurence; D. H. Lawrence; Chang-rae Lee; Bernard
Malamud; Gabriel Garca Mrquez; Cormac McCarthy; Ian McEwan; Herman Melville; Toni Morrison; Bharati
Mukherjee; Vladimir Nabokov; Flannery OConnor; Orhan Pamuk; Katherine Anne Porter; Marilynne Robinson;
Jonathan Swift; Mark Twain; John Updike; Alice Walker; Evelyn Waugh; Eudora Welty; Edith Wharton; John Edgar
Wideman; Virginia Woolf; Richard Wright
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