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AP English Language and Composition Summer Reading

The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to substitute for a college composition course; therefore, you will be required to read complex texts with understanding as well as to enrich your prose in order to communicate your ideas effectively to mature audiences.  You will learn how to analyze and interpret exemplary writing by discerning and explaining the author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques, eventually applying many of these techniques to your own writing.  In order to prepare for our seminars, you are required to read, and annotate a selection of texts over the summer. You are expected to complete these assignments and submit them on the first day of school.


-Heinrichs, Jay. Thank You For Arguing. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2013.

-They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 

Prose, Francine: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read" 

Ortiz Cofer, Judith: "The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria" 

Lazear Ascher, Barbara: "On Compassion"


Note: All assignments need to be typed UNLESS otherwise specified.  Hand written assignments will not be accepted.  You must cite any sources (in MLA format) you use to complete the assignments.



Close Reading and Reader Response

1. Read the attached document about how to annotate, log and develop questions. 

2. Read, annotate, log, and develop three discussion questions for each of the three essays listed.

 *Your annotations should be in your own handwriting on a hard copy of each essay. 

3. *Please print your log and questions on separate sheets of paper.   

4. When your work is completed, group your essay, log and discussion questions together by essay not by assignment type.  



Thank You For Arguing- Jay Heinrichs

Read sections 1-3 (Introduction; Offense and Defense): 

For each of the three sections: 

  • Write a summary of at least 5 key points in the section, providing textual support. 
  • Develop at least one clarifying question for each section (what you still don't understand from that section and/or want to learn about in class). Make sure to reference the text specifically. 

    They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

    Download the Kindle app for your laptop or home computer.  Using the Amazon giftcard that you were provided, purchase

    "They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition) [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

    Gerald Graff Cathy Birkenstein 

    1- Introduction:  Entering the Conversation

    2- Part I- They Say: Chapters 1, 2, and 3 

    Please see assignment attached.


    Grammar Knowledge Questionnaire

    Complete the Grammar Knowledge Questionnaire.  Then, choose and write one of the three diagnostic writing activities.  This is not counted as a class grade; it is merely a way for me to get to know you as a writer.  Please draft and write this as you would any out-of-class composition, but do not seek outside help. Of course, if you have questions, please email me. 


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