AP English Language and Composition

Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading

AP Summer Reading Assignment 2020


Join the AP English Classroom on Google Classroom using the class code mrd27fg.


Please pick up following books from Mrs. Wecht in room 35:

Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2010. Print. 

O’Shea, Renee, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. The Language of Composition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013.

Also, please read the following book (I will provide a copy of the book for you):  

Mbue, Imbolo. Behold the Dreamers. Random House, 2017.

You must complete each of the following tasks for both summer reading selections. Be sure to respond to each task thoroughly and completely, as your responses will count as a test grade for the first marking period. You should make sure your ideas are both organized and presented clearly and thoroughly. Please keep in mind that this is an AP class; therefore, I expect well-developed responses to each task. If you pace yourself over the summer, these assignments will not be overly laborious. 

Note: It is expected that you complete your summer assignments individually. Although you may struggle, put forth your best effort and make sure that you complete all of what is detailed below. Coming in with incomplete work and claiming, “I didn’t get it,” is unacceptable. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].

NOTE: All summer assignments are due the first day of class. You must join AP English 2020-21 on Google Classroom using the code mrd27fg and submit your documents in the appropriate assignment.

NOTE:  All summer assignments are due the first day of class - September 2 at 8:00 AM.

Assignment 1

Read chapter 1 from The Language of Composition, take notes and know all terms defined at the end of the chapter.  Prepare for a quiz on the first day of school.

Assignment 2

Read Chapters 1- 10 of They Say/ I Say and complete the tasks below: 

a.  Read the Introduction to They Say/ I Say and complete exercise #2 by using the template that is found at the end. 

b. Complete exercise 1 at the end of chapter 1 (“They Say”). 

c.  Complete exercise 1 at the end of chapter 3 (“As He Himself Puts It”). 

d.  Complete exercise 1 at the end of chapter 5 (“And Yet”). Note: When you identify the “spots” of reference, copy down the phrases as they appear in the essay and cite correctly.

e.  Complete exercise 1 at the end of chapter 6 (“Skeptics May Object”). 

f.  Complete the exercise starting with “Complete each of the following meta-commentary templates…” at the end of chapter ten. 

Assignment 3

Read Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue.  Prepare to write an argumentative essay on the impact of income inequality.  


Extra Links

The Great Gatsby audiofiles

All assignments are posted in Google Classroom.