Here are my thoughts on summer work. I want it to be meaningful, enjoyable, and reasonable. Overloading you with tedious assignments just to “set the tone” for the class isn’t my style and doesn’t really benefit you (remember this when we’re writing lots of essays next year). The only tone I want to set is one of reading texts you find interesting and maybe exploring some podcasts or television series that cause you to think deeply.
All summer work is OPTIONAL, but I highly recommend this to keep your skills fresh and mind active.
Part 1: Reading
Here’s a list of books which I consider to be the Top 25 Contemporary Novels for AP Literature: (the links take you to my GoodReads account for a personal review). If you need recommendations, reach out to me and tell me three books you love and one you don’t love, and I’ll make a couple of recommendations for you.
These books are in alphabetical order.
All the Light We Cannot See – Doerr
Behold the Dreamers – Mbue
Exit West – Hamid
The Goldfinch – Tartt
Homegoing – Gyasi
In the Time of the Butterflies – Alvarez
The Kite Runner – Hosseini
The Leavers – Ko
Little Bee – Cleeve
Mudbound – Jordan
The Namesake – Lahiri
The Nix – Hill
The Poet X – Acevedo
The Poisonwood Bible – Kingsolver
A Prayer for Owen Meany – Irving
Purple Hibiscus – Adichie
The Road – McCarthy
Salvage the Bones – Ward
The Secret History – Tartt
Sing, Unburied, Sing – Ward
Southernmost – House
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Hosseini
White Teeth – Smith
More of a nonfiction person? Try –
Becoming – Obama (highly recommend audio version that M Obama reads)
Between the World and Me – Coates
Born a Crime – Noah (highly recommend audio version that Noah reads)
Educated – Westover
Just Mercy – Stevenson
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Carmon and Knizhnik
They Can’t Kill Us Til They Kill Us – Abdurraqib
You do not have to annotate the book because I just want you to enjoy reading and not be slowed down by marking (they’ll be plenty of time for that during class). I would love for you to create a FlipGrid rating this book (1 – 5 stars just like GoodReads) and whether or not you would recommend this to others.
Part II: Join Google Classroom
I plan on posting some information on writing college essays along with some other random things on Google classroom over the summer. If you are interested in getting a jump on college essay, I am more than glad to help with those over the summer. I will post college essay tips by June 1st. In addition, I’ll post some links to author and poet readings if you’re interested.
The code is puegfkx and all classes will be in one section.
Part III: Write a Letter to Me
Read this letter from me to you then write a letter to me that you deliver to me the first week of school. The directions for this letter are in my letter.
If you need to get in touch with me over the summer, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions. Have a great summer, and I’ll see you the first day of your SENIOR year!
All the best!