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AP Summer Assignments

AP European History
SUMMER ASSIGNMENT
Read: McKay: Ch. 13 (European Society in the Age of the Renaissance)
Pelz: Introduction and Chapter 1
Mr. Ervin, jervin@smmusd.org

AP US History
SUMMER ASSIGNMENT
Read: Give Me Liberty, Chapter 1
A People’s History of the United States, Chapter 1
A Patriot’s History of the United States, Chapter 1
Reading Due: Thursday, August 23, 2018
There will be a quiz and other activities on the reading the first day of school. BRING THE READING WITH YOU on the first day as you will be able to use your highlights and notations on the quiz and activities.

Note that the best way to reach me over the summer is via email: apanish@smmusd.org.

AP Language and Composition (11AP English)
  1. Read Malibu High School's required summer reading book: Every Day by David Levitham.
    Be prepared to discuss the book with your classmates and write an essay during the first week of school.

  2. Read The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. As you read, think about the idea of paradox. That is, think about examples from the book that seem to be contradictory yet still remain somehow true. Find an example of paradox from the beginning, middle and end of the book. For each example:
    • Copy the quote and the page
    • Explain how the quote fits into the plot of the book
    • Write a paragraph explaining what is paradoxical and what larger truth it helps to develop. Your three quotes and responses will be due the second week of school. You should also expect to write a 3-4 page essay on the book after we analyze it together in class.

  3. Many of you will be going to a variety of fabulous places this summer (even if that awesome place is Zuma beach or your backyard). Take a picture of yourself reading The Things They Carried. Write a caption with your name and location of where the picture was taken. Print a copy of the picture and bring it to class the second day of school.

AP Literature
SUMMER READING 2018
You will be reading three works over the summer.
  1. The first book is the school-wide text which you should read first. Enjoy this work, and be prepared to share your ideas about it the first two days of school.

  2. The second work is HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR and we will be using and referring to this work throughout the year. Therefore, this needs to be read with academic intensity. You also need to complete the assignment and post your work to TURNITIN.COM - class id: 18127231        password: 12345
    This must be submitted by August 23, 2018.

  3. This third text is VOLTAIRE by Candide. This needs to be read by TUESDAY AUGUST 28 (the second week of school). We will introduce the text during the first week of school and you will need to read it for class on Tuesday. It is a short work, 117 pages. Here is a link to an online version: http://www.esp.org/books/voltaire/candide.pdf
    You can also purchase the text as we will be studying it for the first weeks of school.
ASSIGNMENT DUE AUGUST 23, 2018.
Text: How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster.
Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Harper Perennial; Revised edition ISBN-13: 978-0062301673

Assignment: There are 26 chapters in the text. IF you have an odd numbered birth month (Jan, Mar, May, etc.) you will complete the assignment for ODD numbered chapters. If you have an even numbered birth month (Feb, April, June, etc.) you will complete the assignment on the EVEN numbered chapters. After EACH chapter (there are 26!) summarize 2 - 3 main points and analyze those points in relation to a work you have read or a film you have seen. Make sure that for at least 7 chapters you choose a novel, play or short story you have studied in school. For the remaining chapters you can refer to a film, a favorite childhood text, or any other work YOU MUST DEMONSTRATE VARIETY; use multiple sources for your examples.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT YOUR CHAPTER RESPONSE SHOULD LOOK LIKE:

Chapter 1: Every trip is a Quest (Except when it's not)
Main Ideas:
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There is usually a quester, a place to go and a stated reason to go there
- The quester usually encounters numerous challenges and trials that help him/her on the journey
- The ultimate reason for the quest is to gain self-knowledge and understanding

Connection to Literature, film, tv show: In The Kite Runner, Amir's quest is to return to this past to set right the wrong he did as a young child. His reason for returning to Afghanistan is to rescue Hassan's son Sohrab, who has been sold as a child prostitute to Amir and Hassan's childhood enemy. Amir faces many challenges, including restrictions imposed by the Taliban, and the physical and mental challenge of confronting Assef. Ultimately, having completed his journey, Amir gains valuable knowledge about himself and his relationship to his own past as well as the possibilities of the future.

*Note: The sample provided incorporates the theme of Foster's chapter (the quester, quest etc.), provides a specific reference to the text, and connects the purpose of the quest as it is incorporated in the book. This is the connection that we are looking for you to recognize. Find this, avoid plot summary, and you are good to go.

The third text is CANDIDE by Voltaire. This needs to be read by TUESDAY AUGUST 28 (the second week of school). We will introduce the text during the first week of school and you will need to read it for class on Tuesday. It is a short work, 117 pages. Here is a link to an online version: http://www.esp.org/books/voltaire/candide.pdf
You can also purchase the text as we will be studying it for the first weeks of school.
Ms. Gonzalez, jgonzalez@smmusd.org

AP Statistics
SUMMER ASSIGNMENT
Click here to download the AP Statistics Summer Assignment Packet >
Ms. Smith, c.smith@smmusd.org

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