2016 summer assignment for AP English Literature

As a prospective AP English Lit & Comp student, you are expected to complete the following work over the summer. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at andrew.shipe@browardschools.com. I won’t be checking my email daily, but I will get back to you if you write “AP English Lit summer assignment” in the subject line and sign your name at the end of your message.

1. Complete the PBHS Summer Reading assignment and project. Do not see yourself as exempt from being a student at Pompano Beach High School just because you plan to take AP English. These will be collected during the first week of school.

2. Read one of the books listed below. Then, write an essay in response to the question below, based on Question 3 of the 2016 AP English Literature and Composition examination. Turn in your essay through Turnitin, enrolling in the AP English Lit class with Class ID of 12772409, and “shipe” as the password.

You must select a novel or play from the list in this post to receive credit for this assignment.

Many works of literature contain a character who intentionally deceives others. The character’s dishonesty may be intended either to help or to hurt. Such a character, for example, may choose to mislead others for personal safety, to spare someone’s feelings, or to carry out a crime.

Choose a novel or play in which a character deceives others. Then, in a well-written essay, analyze the motives for that character’s deception and discuss how the deception contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.

You must choose a work from the list below. Do not merely summarize the plot.

As God Commands by Niccolo Ammaniti
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
by Ian McEwan
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone
The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevski
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee
Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer
The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
Henry IV, Part I or Part II by William Shakespeare
The House Behind the Cedars by Charles Chesnutt
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel 
by Mohsin Hamid
I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Jane Eyre 
by Charlotte Brontë
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert
“Master Harold”…and the Boys by Athol Fugard
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Native Son 
by Richard Wright
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Othello by William Shakespeare
Partitions by Amit Majmudar
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
The Playboy of the Western World by John M. Synge
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Wildlife by Richard Ford
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Wonderful, Wonderful Times by Elfriede Jelinek
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

“Uptown Funk” #shakespeare400

The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death was Saturday, April 23. What better way to celebrate than with “Uptown Funk” translated into a Shakespearean sonnet? Thanks to http://popsonnet.tumblr.com/ (which is blocked at school by the way).


Recent polls about Americans’ use and trust of mass media

Where do Americans get news about the election? Pew Research tells you.

Do Americans trust the mass media? Gallup asked.

College admissions from the admissions office perspective

Interesting article in Education Week about what admissions officers are looking for: not long resumes of accomplishments, but accomplished people. You can read about the program the author describes here.

You don’t want to miss out on this post

If you are afraid of missing out, this article is for you.

Are you accessing this on your cell phone? Will this affect my grade?

This article will answer your question. (WARNING: This article is a scholarly psychological statistical study. You might want to sit down and use a bigger screen.)

Think before you share

… then share this: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/06/conspiracy_videos_of_9_11_on_facebook_people_should_be_responsible_for_what.2.html


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