Summer assignments

Going into 10th grade: In your reader’s journal, take notes and quotes on Frankenstein, which can be found online here  or downloaded as an epub or a pdf here. Come to class ready to discuss and to write about Frankenstein
Going into 11th grade: Read the biography and the 6 poems of Phillis Wheatley here . Also, read Mary Rowlandson, The Narrative of the Captivity and the Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682) here
Going into 12th grade: In your reader’s journal, take notes and quotes on the following “short” stories (one is very long) as you read them. Come to class ready to discuss and to write about them.
1.       “The Death of Ivan Ilych,” by Leo Tolstoy -- download pdf or view here
2.       “The Man Who Would be King,” by Rudyard Kipling -- view here
3.       “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- view here
AP Literature and Composition:
  1.  Click the AP summer packet link on the right under Class handouts and downloads, and download and save it. Print it out or read it online. Familiarize yourself with the contents, since those contents will be the foundation of your AP study during the school year.
  2.  Choose three books from the AP reading list. Please consider inviting your parents/guardians to read with you so that you can have the pleasure of discussing the reading together. For the same purpose, you may choose to form a study group with other students who will also be taking AP. You can find these books at your local library or at a bookstore. Those in the public domain (written before 1927) can be found online. If there’s a book you want to read that’s not on the list, email me for clearance (
  3.  Keep a journal as you read your books.  Your entries should reflect depth of thought. Raise questions, recognize patterns, and make life and literary connections. Come to class ready to discuss and to write about the three books you chose to read. Enjoy!
  4. Make flashcards out of the 37 terms listed in your packet under Rhetorical Devices (p. 11). Color code or in some way classify the devices as either trope or scheme. Further classify the scheme devices by separating them into schemes of balance, unusual or inverted word order, omission, or repetition. Be ready for a quiz on the rhetorical devices on the first day of class. The following is just one way you may choose to lay out a flashcard:


of balance
·  juxtaposition of contrasting ideas
·  often used in parallel structure
·  contrast may be in words and/or ideas

Example: What if I am rich, and another is poor—strong, and he is weak—intelligent, and he is benighted—elevated, and he is depraved? Have we not one Father? Hath not one God created us? (William Lloyd Garrison, “No Compromise with Slavery”)

       5.       If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me. Have a wonderful summer! 
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