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AP Literature and Composition - Summer Reading

Ms. Goldsmith Mr. Metcalfe

OVERVIEW: Because AP Literature and Composition is a college-level class, students will be asked to complete college-level coursework. In preparation for the class, we are assigning specific mandatory work-it must be completed by the first day of class in August. Please note, however, that you may attend this summer's AP/HONORS SUMMER INSTITUTE as a way of fulfilling the summer reading requirement. You can sign up for the AP Summer Institute by visiting the ERHS website.

Click Here for a pdf of the summer assignment.

Click Here for AP One Sheet Instructions.

Required Reading:

Please select one of the following novels.


Anna Karenina



Crime& Punishment

Cry the Beloved Country

East of Eden

Farewell to Arms


Go Tell It on the Mountain

Great Expectations

Invisible Man

Jane Eyre

King Lear

Light in August

Native Son

One Hundred Years of Solitude


Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

The Color Purple

The Poisonwood Bible

The following two assignments must be completed by the first day of class of Semester One.

Submit the assignment electronically to Canvas the first week of class.

  1. Complete 25 dialectical journal entries. Analyze these 25 lines for diction, tone, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and characterization (if appropriate). Please include the page numbers.
  2. Complete an AP 1 Sheet.

Suggested Reading to Prepare for the Upcoming Year

We will be reading the following pieces of literature next year in AP Literature and Composition. You may want to read them during the summer when you can do so at your leisure. Also, you can read any books from the ERHS HONORS OUTSIDE READING LIST, any of which can be used on the Open-ended AP Essay Test. We will read much short literature and many poems, as well, in class. Pick up an anthology of each - or find them online - and enjoy reading this summer.

Oedipus Rex

Death of a Salesman

Heart of Darkness


Doll's House

The Kite Runner

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