La Sierra High School ap literature and Composition: Summer Work Requirements 2015



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La Sierra High School

AP Literature and Composition: Summer Work Requirements 2015



Welcome!
We are excited about your interest in this challenging class. The information below covers the background work necessary for a successful academic year and a well-rounded liberal arts high school education. Additionally, the required summer work enables AP classes to examine all the material necessary to pass the AP exam in May. It is important to understand that AP Literature and Composition is a college-level course, and much of the reading required will be completed outside of class. These summer assignments are your first opportunity to show your ability to work independently. Questions about the work should be directed to Mrs. Clazie (913) or Mrs. Bokman (918). Have a great summer, happy reading!!! All appeals for help between June and August should go to melissa.clazie@alvord.k12.ca.us or denise.bokman@alvord.k12.ca.us. Please know that your summer work is 10% of your first semester grade. You cannot get an A without it.

**All work is to be hand-written in a spiral notebook and organized into labeled sections as outlined below, and is to be turned in on the first day of classes. WARNING: Use no other sources than the texts listed below and your own words. Accessing the Internet or any other source for information constitutes plagiarism which will not be tolerated and may result in a “zero” grade.

It is recommended that, if possible, students purchase the necessary texts for this course. This will allow them greater opportunity to interact with the text, to make notes, or to read ahead. These titles are available at most local bookstores, or may be checked out from local libraries. The books listed in each section are the suggested texts for completing the summer work. Any book or online source containing the required text is acceptable.

1.) Greek and Roman Mythology: The following list of reading is taken from the contents page of

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton. $7.50 ISBN: 0-446-60725-8.

**Complete the following assignments: Read all the stories listed below; Summarize each story in no less than one paragraph.
The Gods Stories of Love and Adventure Heroes of the Trojan War

The Titans and the Twelve Great Olympians Cupid and Psyche The Judgment of Paris

The Lesser Gods of Olympus Orpheus and Eurydice The Trojan War

The Underworld Ceyx and Alcyone The Fall of Troy

The Lesser Gods of Earth Pygmalion and Galatea The Adventures of Odysseus

The Roman Gods The Quest for the Golden Fleece

The Two Great Gods of Earth Phaethon The Less Important Myths

Demeter (Ceres) Daedalus Midas (p. 292)

Dionysus (Bacchus) Heroes before the Trojan War Sisyphus (p. 312)

How the World and Mankind were Created Perseus

The Earliest Heroes Theseus

Flower-Myths: Narcissus, Hyacinth, Adonis Hercules


2.) Oedipus the King (or Oedipus Rex): This play by Sophocles from Ancient Greece is found in The Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus. $9.95 ISBN:0-14-044425-4

**Complete the following assignments: Read the play in its entirety; Summarize the play by filling in the Novel Form (see next page).

3.) Biblical/Religious Allusion: Use any translation of the Bible, i.e, NIV, NAS, KJV. On-line bible sources are great. **Complete the following assignments: Read each story listed below; Summarize each story in no less than one paragraph.


OLD TESTAMENT NEW TESTAMENT

Genesis 1-9 & 19 - Creation Luke 2 - The Nativity


The Fall John 11 - Raising Lazuras from the Dead

The Mark of Cain Mark 11 - The Triumphal Entry Noah & The Flood Mark 14, 15, & 16 - The Betrayal (Thirty Pieces of Silver) Sodom and Gomorrah/ Lot and His Wife The Crucifixion



1 Samuel 17 - David and Goliath The Resurrection

Daniel 6 - Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Jonah - Jonah in the Belly of the Whale



CAUTION: USING ANY OUTSIDE SOURCE WITHOUT PROPER CITATION IS PLAGIARISM. YOU CAN EXPECT TO EARN 0% ON ANY PLAGIARIZED WORK.

NOVEL FORM


To better prepare for the AP exam, students must note and review how quality literary pieces function. This form will act as a guide to help you outline specific works important to your growing repertoire of knowledge. During this course, you will be required to use this format to review every major piece of literature we read as well as select pieces you have read in the past.
Each response should be at least a solid paragraph in length. Make sure that you ALWAYS explain the significance of the items you are examining to the work as a whole. Specific textual support should accompany the more analytical and descriptive responses.

  1. Book basics: title, author, literary movement, date written





  1. Major characters: 1-2 sentence description for each of two to three major characters and how they are related to one another (the number of characters you write about will depend on your literary interpretation)




  1. Minor characters: 1-2 sentence description for each of two to three minor characters and how they interact with the each other and/or the major characters (the number of characters you write about will depend on your literary interpretation)




  1. Main settings: 1-2 sentence description for each of two to three main settings and how they effect plot, characterization, or theme (settings should come from the piece’s beginning, middle, and end)




  1. Plot summary: 1 paragraph maximum!




  1. Symbols: 1-2 sentence description for each of two important symbols and how they effect plot, characterization, or theme (be sure to use textual support to explain their significance)




  1. Style: 1 paragraph analyzing the author’s style using diction, tone, detail, point of view, syntax, and/or organization (see your AP Language Rhetoric Project for definitions and examples)




  1. Theme: 1 paragraph identifying and explicating the overall “truth about life” that the author conveys in the piece



  1. Quotes typical of the work: 2-3 sentence explanation for each of three short quotations (include the quote itself, the speaker, the scene/occasion, the importance of the quote to scene/occasion and the work overall)





  1. Literary elements: 2-3 sentence explanation for each of two literary elements and how the function in the piece to support plot, characterization, or theme (i.e.; allusion, alliteration, metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, etc., see your AP Language Rhetoric Project for more choices and for definitions and examples)

CAUTION: USING ANY OUTSIDE SOURCE WITHOUT PROPER CITATION IS PLAGIARISM. YOU CAN EXPECT TO EARN 0% ON ANY PLAGIARIZED WORK.

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