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Summer Reading 2018

Posted: July 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

In addition to your GCS Reading Log, for AP English 12 you are going to research some common literary allusions this summer.  (Rick Riordan, Marvel, and Bible fans rejoice!  You’re already a step ahead 😊)

Read a minimum of 25 classical stories as outlined below.  There is no set prescribed text as I’m hoping this is building on and reviewing stuff you’ve already encountered.  You may use whatever sources you like – print or web — to familiarize yourself with these stories, but you must

***compile an MLA formatted works cited (a.k.a. bibliography) for the sources you consult!***

Your works cited page will be due on when we return to school in August.  You will also have a test on the stories you chose when we return.

If you use the web for this, you have to cite each webpage — no citing entire websites like all of Wikipedia, Google, or

summer reading 2018

At least 10 Greek/Roman Myths: (Recommended sources: Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton; Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan; Gods, Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece by W.H.D. Rouse)

  • Orpheus and Eurydice
  • Icarus and Daedalus
  • Persephone and Hades (and Demeter)
  • Prometheus
  • Pandora’s Jar (Pandora’s box in most contemporary usage)
  • 12 labors of Herakles (Hercules in most contemporary usage)
  • The Trojan Horse
  • Oedipus Rex
  • The Golden Fleece
  • Cupid (Eros) and Psyche
  • Artemis (Diana)
  • Tantalus
  • Sisyphus
  • Dido and Aeneas
  • The Odyssey
  • The Iliad

At least 5 Old Testament Stories: (I don’t recommend paraphrase texts such as The Message, instead use a translation such as NIV, NRSV, JPS Tanakh, The Noble Qur’an, etc.  Several translations are readily available online or probably on your grandmother’s bookshelf if you don’t have your own.)

  • The story of Eden
  • Cain and Abel
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Abraham and Isaac
  • Moses’ early life and the 10 plagues
  • Moses: The 10 commandments and wandering the desert
  • Jacob and Esau
  • The story of Joseph
  • David and Goliath
  • David and Bathsheba
  • Job
  • Samson and Delilah

At least 5 New Testament Stories:

  • John the Baptist
  • Jesus’ first miracle
  • Jesus walks on water
  • The feeding of the 5000
  • The woman caught in adultery
  • The Prodigal Son
  • The Good Samaritan
  • The money changers in the temple
  • Judas
  • 4 horsemen of the apocalypse

At least 5 other potential allusions:

Norse Mythology: (Neil Gaiman recently came out with a book entitled Norse Mythology which I’ll be checking out this summer)

  • The Norse Creation
  • The Binding of Loki (Loki’s Last Days)
  • Odin Losing His Eye
  • Prymr steals Thor’s Hammer (Freya’s Unusual Wedding)
  • Ragnarok

 One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights)

  • Shahryar and Scheherazade (frame tale or prologue)
  • The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor

Egyptian Mythology: (You might try Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green or The Egyptian Book of the Dead)

  • Osiris and Isis
  • Horus the Avenger (Horus vs. Set)
  • The Book of Thoth
  • Bast (Bastet) and Anubis
  • The Land of the Dead

Compiling your Works Cited:

I DO NOT recommend you use Easybib.  It’s pretty rare I see students turn in citations correctly when using this tool because in order to use it correctly, you have to understand how to create citations, and if you know how to create citations, why would you need Easybib? #catch22  Purdue OWL is probably your best source.  Modern Languages Association has it’s own website which may be helpful as well.  Here are some examples of popular sources from Purdue OWL

For more on how to compile your works cited, you can check out the full summer reading document here: AP Summer reading 2018