THERE IS NO SUMMER ASSIGNMENT; HOWEVER,
HERE ARE SOME SUMMER SUGGESTIONS TO GET YOU READY FOR AP LIT:
1. Know biblical allusions and literary terms (see the docs and links below).
2. Learn how to annotate a literary work (see several resources below).
3. Learn how to read like a professor (read the links/articles).
4. Learn how to analyze poetry, prose, and drama (see literary analysis documents).
5. Start practicing by working through an AP Literature and Composition practice book.
7. Get familiar with this AP course, the textbook, and this website. I will refer to this site all year. You will be required to download materials and bring documents to class.
6. Mark Wednesday, May 9th on your calendar. This is the date for our AP EXAM.
7. See you in the Fall. Enjoy your summer assignment free summer!
*We will have tests on the literary terms and allusions the 3rd week of class.
**We will go over the terms and allusions before the test.
*Full understanding of many great literary works depends on the students’ ability to interpret the Biblical allusions in these classical and contemporary writings. For example, Mark Twain alludes to Moses in the bulrushes in Chapter two of Huckleberry Finn, and students must know the biblical story of Moses’ life to enjoy fully the humor and social satire behind Twain’s allusion. To illustrate further, one must understand Christ motifs, Judeo-Christian values and themes, and Biblical characters and symbols to comprehend fully the meanings of works such as The Great Gatsby, The Crucible, The Grapes of Wrath, Hamlet, Tartuffe, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and many other poems, essays, plays, novels, and short stories. *See David Van Biema’s “The Case for Teaching The Bible” published in Time Magazine March 22, 2007 for a more detailed rationale. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1601845,00.htm
NOTE: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE WE ATTEMPTING TO PROSELTYIZE. The objective of this reading assignment is to enrich student’s understanding of and interpretive skills with the great literature of western civilization. It is also to prepare them for the A.P. exam whose makers expect students taking the test to be familiar with the Bible and recognize Biblical allusions in the passages in the exam.
Above is the URL to David Van Biema's article "The Case for Teaching the Bible"
Time Magazine March 22, 2007
Download the literary terms 2011 and know the definitions. See the biblical allusions list and download the biblical alllusions 2012 document and know the meaning and context of the allusions (some allusions will appear on both lists-you don't need to repeat the allusion).
You will NOT turn in the literary terms or biblical allusions, but you will need to know several definitions and be able to identify when and how a term/allusion is used in a piece of literature.
DO NOT COPY SOMEONE ELSE.
Biblical Allusions (tested with terms. the list has some bible verses that can be matched to the allusion or you can look up the allusion in a bible dictionary. You are responsible for the meaning, not the verse.) The two books of the Bible that may provide the best time investment are Genesis (the first book of the Old Testament)
and Matthew (the first book of the New Testament). Twenty-five of the biblical
items that half of the teachers agreed students need to know are found in the book of
Genesis; twenty-five are in Matthew.
Here are some examples students should know when studying literature. See the biblical allusion documents and links for others:
CAIN AND ABEL
GARDEN OF EDEN
ADAM AND EVE
DAVID AND GOLIATH
NOAH AND THE FLOOD
DO TO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD
HAVE THEM DO TO YOU
TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL
EYE FOR AN EYE
LET THERE BE LIGHT
PSALMS, BOOK OF
AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER?
FALL OF MAN
HEAVEN [OR HEAVENS]
PARTING OF THE RED SEA
TOWER OF BABEL
WALKING ON WATER
CAST THE FIRST STONE
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
SODOM AND GOMORRAH
ABRAHAM AND ISAAC
JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS
MARY [THE VIRGIN], THE MOTHER OF JESUS
APOSTLES, THE TWELVE
IN THE BEGINNING
JACOB AND ESAU
JONAH AND THE WHALE [BIG FISH]
RENDER UNTO CAESAR THE THINGS
WHICH ARE CAESAR’S
REVELATION, BOOK OF
ROOT OF ALL EVIL
TIME TO BE BORN AND A TIME TO DIE
***SEE DEFINITIONS AND FLASHCARDS BELOW
2 LINKS TO BIBLICAL ALLUSIONS AND PHRASES:
The Literary Analysis Handouts are guidelines and suggestions for how to analyze a work of fiction, poetry, and drama. The handouts contain an exhaustive list of questions and suggestions to help you create a comprehensive and insightful analysis. All of the questions may not apply to your work; however, we suggest you try to answer as many questions as possible for each element (character, setting, imagery, etc.) and you support those answers with evidence from the text. The questions can be answered in order or compiled in paragraph form. The more in-depth your analysis, the higher the grade. See the 9-point AP scoring guide for more specifics.
The 3 files below are the literary analysis documents for short stories (fiction doc.), poetry (poetry), and plays (drama). The other documents on this page will help you to complete all of the assignments and to understand all of the genres we will study this year. THEY SHOULD BE DOWNLOADED AND USED ALL YEAR.
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU SURVIVE AP LIT.
NEED HELP WITH GRAMMAR, ANALYZING, ANNOTATING, WRITING or ANYTHING ELSE RELATED TO AP LIT? SEE LINKS AND DOCUMENTS BELOW:
Above is a link for how to succeed at Harvard. This advice will help you succeed in AP English IV too.