A.P. English Language Summer Assignment.

Ms. Plazola 

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A.P. English Language and Composition

Summer Assignment 2022-2023


This summer assignment serves as an introduction to rhetoric and AP English Language and Composition literary terms. While completing this assignment, students will have the opportunity to work with the literary terms and concepts employed by writers, analyze the way a subject is presented to readers, and form an opinion about the style and decisions authors make as they craft arguments and stories to engage and educate readers.

Join the Schoology Group: AP English Lang. 2022-2023.  Use the access code:  7N4T-QZ4X-5WJB7.

  • I will post additional resources here, as well as answer questions you may have over the summer. 
  • To join the group, go to Schoology→ Groups→My Groups→ Join Group→then type in the access code above. 

Required texts/resources:

  • Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle. See the PDF here
  • If you choose to purchase a study guide for AP English Language, I recommend the following: Hogue, Dawn. AP English Language and Composition Crash Course. 3rd Edition.
    • ISBN-13: 978-0738612720 or ISBN-10: 0738612723. Please keep in mind that the exam for this course was redesigned, so some elements may be missing from older study guides out there. 
  • Access to a computer and the internet.

Your summer assignment has 2 parts:

  1. Read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and complete 12 passage-annotation exercises. 
    • Complete the passage annotation exercises. 
      • As you read, choose the most significant quotations that show character development, illuminate a conflict, identify the setting, or contribute to the plot. Begin your entries midway through the book, once you have a good understanding of most characters and their interactions.
      • Copy down the quotations into college-ruled notebook paper; center the quotes on the page so that there is enough room for annotations (student samples will be posted on the Schoology Group Resources section). You can also (type and) print out the quotations and paste them to the page, but please do not type your responses to the quotes – those need to be handwritten;
      • The quotations can be between 5 to 10 lines each; leave enough space between quotes for responses;
      • Number each entry and each quotation; for full credit, you need to have completed 3 entries of 4 quotes each (a total of 12 annotated quotations)
  • For The Glass Castle (Grade 11)
  • Entry 1: Parts I and II
  • Entry 2: Part III
  • Entry 3: Part IV
      • Follow T.H.A.W. annotation guidelines. To review this annotating format and see samples, go to Annotation at Ortho
    • NOTE! As an AP student, your annotations are expected to include references to the writer’s use of literary devices, i.e., characterization (direct/indirect), conflict (internal/external), figurative language (imagery, simile, metaphor, personification, etc), use of rhetorical appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), etc. Your annotations should be completed with insight, accuracy, and critical thought. Your comments need to prove sophistication of thought, proper engagement with the text, and an evident understanding of its meanings. 
  • Don’t just point out the literary device; explain the purpose behind its use.
  • It is strongly recommended that you purchase this novel or have access to it for approximately the first 3 weeks of the semester.
  • Rhetorical Terms Lists:
    • Organize flashcards for the lists of rhetorical terms provided. All four rhetorical terms lists are due on the first day of school. This is a total of 100 rhetorical terms
  • The front of each card should have the term clearly written.
  • The back of the flashcard will have three sections: (1) the official definition (see handout),  (2) the definition in your own words (show comprehension), and (3) an example from a text/online source or an explanation of how the term functions.

All assignments are due on the first day of school, August 15, 2022.