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Summer Reading Essay

Posted: August 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

The-Art-of-Writing-An-English-Essay-CoverThe prompt for the summer reading essay that is due on September 11 can be found here: summer-reading-prompt2017

And the full text of How to Read Literature Like a Professor is over here: How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Basically, choose three chapters from How to Read Lit. and apply them to your summer reading novel.  Don’t forget to integrate cited quotes!  (See Essay Writing Overview 2017.)


snow-1136225_960_720In case you missed class between 8/30 and 9/4, here’s the activity on Tobias Wolff’s “Hunters in the Snow”  Read carefully and as you read pair details from the story — setting, objects, events, descriptions, etc. — with the patterns we outlined in class from How to Real Literature Like a Professor.

Some potential signifiers might be: North Star, Frank’s Ring, The dog (and its shooting), Setting: night, snow, etc. Tub: obesity, secrecy, etc. Frank: pedophilia, philosophizing, Kenny:  bullying, shooting dog, Kenny dying while Frank and Tub open up to each other . . .

And finally, use those elements you just analyzed to write a three part thesis that identifies a theme explored by Wolff.  (See Essay Writing Overview )


Students will also need to sign up for this course on the first week of school.  Here’s the enrollment information you’ll need:

1st Period:  Class ID: 16016274    Enrollment Password: Albert

2nd Period: Class ID: 16016284    Enrollment Password: Albert

3rd Period: Class ID: 16016300    Enrollment Password: Albert

4th Period: Class ID: 16016311     Enrollment Password: Albert

6th Period: Class ID: 16016318     Enrollment Password: Albert


The syllabus can be found here:ap-12-syllabus-2017



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Here are some of the texts and ideas we’re covering in the first week:

And now for texts to apply these ideas to: “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid.

And here’s a super fun, unique short story originally published in Vanity Fair in 1932: Ordeal by Cheque

Put together your interpretation of the text, but remember to stay within a supportable range of interpretation:  Girl Finding an appropriate Range of interpretations