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AP Language and Composition - Summer Reading

Summer Assignment 2019

2019-2020 Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Required Summer Reading Assignment

Eleanor Roosevelt High School

ATTENTION: The 2019-2020 ERHS Summer Reading Assignment is required for all incoming Honors/AP students. The Summer Institute is an optional addition to the reading assignment. Students who attend the institute will be offered one-on-one instruction and support in completing the reading assignment and MAY NOT substitute attendance for completion.


In the  Advanced Placement Language and Composition course, we focus on the reading and analysis of short, non-fiction pieces. In order to prepare you for this class, you will read and analyze five short, prose selections, focusing on the rhetorical situation of each. You will need to print and thoroughly annotate each piece. Then select a different analysis task from below to complete for each selection. You will complete all FIVE tasks. Record your tasks using a Google doc, print, and prepare for upload instructions for submission in August.


Reading Selections:

Come to class on the first day of the semester with fully annotated texts and be prepared for discussion of the pieces.


An excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan

“If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?”

By James Baldwin


“Living Like Weasels” by Annie Dillard

“Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie


Analysis Tasks:

You must choose one rhetorical analysis task to complete for each selection. Please click on the hyperlinks to access the template and instructions for each task. Follow the instructions for each task, and complete your assignment on a single google doc (use multiple pages within the doc to distinguish between the tasks). Bring hard copies of your assignments to class, but be sure to retain the digital file for submission to your teacher.


Non-fiction AP One Sheet

Detailed SOAPSTone

Rhetorical Precis

Say Mean Matters

Quote Analysis

Argumentative Writing Task


Additional Resources:

Rhetorical Analysis Terms

Rhetorical Precis PowerPoint Instructions

Guidelines for Annotation

List of Tone Words


Teacher Support:

Need more support? Come to the Summer Institute for guided support from your teachers! We will introduce you to the basics of rhetorical analysis, the terms and concepts covered in these assignments, and provide open-lab time to help you in completing the assignments. You are welcome to sign up for Day 1, Day 2, or both, depending on your needs. Click on this link to sign-up.


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