Requirements for AP Classes

This page lists the required summer reading assignments for certain AP classes. Included in the list is the name of the teacher of the class, if you have any questions. 

PDF copies of these requirements can be found on 

AP Literature & Composition / AP Language

AP Literature & Composition - Grade 12
Instructor:
Ms. Dailey
Email: edailey@bluehills.org,

AP Language - Grade 11
Instructor: Ms. Magnani
Email: gmagnani@bluehills.org

Keep in mind that the work actually begins this summer and takes the form of reading the following two books as well as fulfilling a written assignment due the first academic day of class.

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
by Thomas C. Foster

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Sharing a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface—a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character—and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you.

In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths, and to discover a world where a road leads to a quest; a shared meal may signify a communion; and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just rain. Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is the perfect companion for making your reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun.

This is a must read companion for AP Literature & Composition! I strongly suggest starting this early in the summer and NOT trying to read it in one weekend. The purpose of this is to make you a more critical reader and arm you with the relevant concepts necessary for preparing for the AP exam in May. Purchasing rather than borrowing a copy of this text is a must in order to annotate as needed.

  • The Awakening
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Kindred
    • We will use this novel to kick off AP discussions in the fall.
    • Before reading, try to get a good portion of How to Read Literature Like a Professor under your belt as it will become a guide to reading your choice novel effectively.

Choose to read either Kindred, Fahrenheit 451 or The Awakening. The descriptions below of each are from Good Reads. If you click on the author’s name, you will be directed to a link about the author

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin's daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the confines of her domestic situation.

Aside from its unusually frank treatment of a then-controversial subject, the novel is widely admired today for its literary qualities. Edmund Wilson characterized it as a work "quite uninhibited and beautifully written, which anticipates D. H. Lawrence in its treatment of infidelity." Although the theme of marital infidelity no longer shocks, few novels have plumbed the psychology of a woman involved in an illicit relationship with the perception, artistry, and honesty that Kate Chopin brought to The Awakening.

Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television 'family'. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler

The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given...

Writing Assignment turned in by first day we meet of academic class:

After exploring How to Read Literature Like a Professor, you should be a more astute reader. Now is your opportunity to show what you have learned by incorporating the major concepts discussed in the book into a well-developed essay about the novel you read (Kindred, Faherenheit or Awakening). Applying ONE key concept from Foster’s literature guide, write a formal analysis on a major aspect of the summer reading book.

For instance, Chapter 12 of How to Read Literature Like a Professor is entitled, “Is That a Symbol?” You may choose to write about one or two major symbols found in your chosen novel and explore that concept by applying Foster’s chapter as a guide.

The paper should be:

  • 2-3 pages, typed, proper MLA formatting
  • Well-developed introduction leading into a tight thesis
  • Supporting details from both texts to support the thesis
    • Be sure to fully explain how these relate to the topic
    • Include properly formatted textual citations from both pieces
    • Make it seamless from your ideas to the text
  • Written in a logical order
    • Free of spelling, punctuation and mechanical errors
    • 3rd person only
    • Don’t forget clinchers so paragraphs flow seamlessly
  • Submit to Google Classroom

 For proper formatting, be sure to use Purdue Online Writing Lab, found here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_sample_paper.html

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Dailey at edailey@bluehills.org

AP US Government & Politics

Instructor: Ms. O'Malley
Email: jomalley@bluehills.org

As AP Government students, you will be informed witnesses to history, so begin now. Watch/read the news from different sources. Consider the role of government generally. What is it doing? What is it required/allowed to do? What should it be doing?

Please see the summer work below. It is intended to give you a basic understanding of the origins and workings of government, as well as a glimpse of how politics impact the operation of government. I will set up a Google Classroom as soon as student scheduling is complete, so please keep an eye out for an invitation in the next few weeks.

AP U.S. Government & Politics Summer Work 2021

  1. Read The Supremes’ Greatest Hits, by Michael G. Trachtman, Esq. (2016) (Homework Grade) Respond to the following questions; type your response and post it on Classroom:
    1. Identify and describe briefly the case that establishes the Supreme Court’s authority to review the actions of the other branches of the government.
    2. Identify and describe briefly a situation in which the Supreme Court overturned one of its own cases. Identify and describe briefly both cases. Describe the Court’s reasoning.
    3. Choose one case from the book that you thought was particularly interesting (that you have not discussed in #1 or #2 above). Identify and briefly describe the case.
  2. Read and Outline/Chapters 1 & 2 of the text, Government in America, (Homework Grade)
    1. Please read Chapters 1 & 2 of the text.
    2. Outline/summarize Chapters 1 & 2 of the textbook. Your outline must be handwritten. It should be divided by chapter and sections within the chapters. As long as you follow those guidelines, you may use any format that you prefer.
  3. Follow the News (Quiz Grade)
    1. This assignment is linked here and will be posted on Classroom: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1habqQBfBs-AYNc0zozTmKdvThu9yQc5h/edit#heading=h.gjdgxs
    2. Assignments A & B are due at the beginning of the first class.
    3. Assignment C is due by September 8, 2021.

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