Essay on AP English Language and Composition. Reading Assignment

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AP English Language and Composition
Summer Reading Assignment

Welcome to APE! You are about to begin a course unlike any other English class you have taken. Before beginning your summer reading assignment, you must revisit your ideas about critical reading. Follow the link below to the site “Critical Reading of an Essay’s Argument.”
While this site focuses on finding the central argument of an essay, the strategies suggested will benefit your reading of any text. Please annotate the article and have it on the first day of class.

Your reading assignment for the summer consists of two works: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and a work of your choice from an
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Summer reading may be required, but it need not be a chore. There is something here for everyone. Then, take a moment and email your teacher with the title so we know who’s reading what. Your parent or guardian must also fill out the attached permission slip as these are not all school-sanctioned titles.


Choose one of the following nonfiction commentaries on contemporary society.
• Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

• Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers: Story of Success

• Levitt, Steven D. and Dubner, Stephen J. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

• Roose, Kevin. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

Then, find an article that discusses the same theme as the work you have chosen. Your source may be print or online; please provide a complete citation. (Go to for examples of MLA citations.) The article should not be written by the author(s) of your book. Be sure the article addresses the theme of the book (i.e., Superfreakonomics is about unusual economic patterns and outcomes, not global warming). Print out a copy of the article and annotate it.

Finally, write your teacher a letter about your experience reading this nonfiction work. Reflect on the theme of the book; the article you chose; what your past experience with nonfiction has been; what

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