AP Summer Readings

Grade 12 AP

This assignment is a prerequisite for the course; each submission is worth 50 points, and the tests will each be worth 50 points as well. The cumulative grade impact will be an initial 200 points for Quarter 1.

It will be collected during our first class back. There will be no extensions. You will be tested on both books within the first few classes of the new school year.

If you cannot manage this work, please rethink taking this course. Success depends upon your ability to keep up with lots of reading during this class, including the simultaneous reading of a novel on your own while juggling the reading of a novel with the rest of the class (i.e. reading 2 lengthy works at the same time).

You will have to read Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. You are expected to procure your own copies of the text. For each text, you will record 10 dialectical journal responses.

The quotes must be a comprehensive representation of the entire text. Translation: Plan to have 3 from the beginning, 3 from the middle, and 3 from the end with one more from whichever section you prefer. Points will be deducted if you cluster your quotes too closely and fail to adhere to the spirit of the direction above.

This work must be typed; handwritten work will not be accepted. If technology is an issue, please plan to complete this using the computers at the public library. Format must reflect Times New Roman 12pt font with 1 inch margins. You will have 10 entries per book as noted above.  Here is an example of something similar (but you still must copy my format): https://docs.google.com/document/d/11VmsAS94tTMrVzV-zcGdsz4zswSBkC1DR--FqijVg_0/edit

It must also look exactly like the chart below:


Selected Passage with Chapter & Page #

Speaker & Context

What do you think about this quote? What is the significance of this passage to the meaning of the work as a whole and/or to the important character development?


“Finally out of Nanny's talk and her own conjectures she made a sort of comfort for herself. Yes, she would love Logan after they were married. She could see no way for it to come about, but Nanny and the old folks had said it, so it must be so. Husbands and wives always loved each other, and that was what marriage meant. It was just so. Janie felt glad of the thought, for then it wouldn't seem so destructive and moldy. She wouldn't be lonely anymore. (Chapter 3, page 25)

The speaker is Janie who had been worrying about marrying a man she didn’t love. She had been pondering about whether or not marriage truly ended loneliness and made people love each other.

(THIS IS A STUDENT EX- I shrunk the font just to make it fit on the page. Do not copy this and you must use 12pt font)

The quote introduces the hope and the dream that Janie has about one day finding someone she loves. She decided that marriage was the only reasonable way to come across that love and the end of the loneliness that she had felt throughout her life. From the outside looking in, it seems like a childish thought but that was the common practice for the time. (This is a solid response that could go even deeper into the meaning of the work or to the character as a whole.)


*Remember: Total points =100 for the dialectical entries and 100 for the tests