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English 12 AP Literature
Summer is here…and the weather is fine! Spend some of your lounging time reading and preparing for next year’s English class. (We know, there is so much to do, but keep your brain active!) Here are the assignments for the summer. If you have questions, ask via email at jgonzalez @smmusd.org. We’ll see you on August 22, 2012.
FIRST ASSIGNMENT: All students at Malibu High will read one of the following works. We suggest you read this text first. Below are descriptions of each. Again, choose one and enjoy some summer reading. You will take an essay exam on this book when you return to school on August 30.
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, Susan Casey
“Part science lesson and part adrenaline rush, The Wave is an intense thrill ride that manages to take a broad look at oversized, potentially devastating waves. The critics praised Casey's eloquent writing and jaw-droppingly vivid descriptions of chasing--or trying desperately to steer clear of--these aquatic behemoths.” (Bookmarks Magazine)
The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham
“After reading this little horror you will toss your innocent geranium out the window. The triffids are gigantic plants, mysteriously arrived on earth, which take up their roots and walk, searching for men to kill. A terrible celestial incident, which permanently blinds the majority of people on earth, helps the belligerent blossoms in their work. Fast,
readable and triffid-ly chilling.” (Kirkus Reviews)
SECOND ASSIGNMENT: We will begin our study in the fall with a unit on satire and this summer your text is Joseph Heller’s CATCH – 22. Satire is defined as:
…the literary art of diminishing a subject by making it ridiculous and evoking toward it attitudes of amusement, contempt, indignation or scorn. It differs from the comic in that comedy evokes laughter mainly as an end in itself, while satire ‘derides’; that is , it uses laughter as a weapon, and against a butt existing outside the work itself. That butt may be an individual (in personal satire) or a type of person, a class, an institution, a nation, or even the whole race of man….(M.H.Abrams A Glossary of Literary Terms, 167-168).
In short, satire mocks human beings, our institutions, our behavior, and our values in an attempt to change or draw attention to those faults. Look for the targets of satire as you read the texts.
Think of this definition as you read Joseph Heller’s CATCH -22. Your reading will be divided into two big chunks.
This summer we have designed an interactive activity….our very own AP LIT blog. You will be required to log in at least three times (but you may want to participate more because it’s so fun!) The web site http://mhsapenglish2009.pbworks.com …..the password is sharks.
YOU MUST REQUEST ACCESS to JOIN THE PAGE AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO POST UNTIL YOU DO THIS. DON’T LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE!!! DO THIS BEFORE SCHOOL LETS OUT SO IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS WE CAN FIX THEM. WHEN YOU GO TO THE PAGE YOU WILL SEE A “REQUEST ACCESS” ON THE RIGHT SIDE. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME IF YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS NOT AN OBVIOUS CONNECTION TO YOUR IDENTITY. ONCE YOU REQUEST ACCESS, I WILL APPROVE IT AND THEN YOU ARE GOOD TO GO. SET UP AN ACCOUNT AND LOG IN TO POST YOUR THREE RESPONSES.
When you log on you should consider this to be a discussion. You need to read what has been posted in order to participate in a meaningful way. Think of this as slow motion discussion. THERE ARE THREE required postings and each has its own page.
Posting #1 by July 15 – about satire in general after reading a packet on satire posted on the wiki page
Posting #2 by JULY 25TH – about the first half of Catch – 22 ( up to at least pg 200)
Posting #3 by August 15TH – covering the entire text!!! There are several choices for this posting on either Yossarian, the overall structure of the novel, Milo Minderbinder, or targets of satire.
**NOTE – you will not be writing a paper over the summer on this book, rather your 3 participations will be evidence of deep thinking so please participate accordingly (for example, “I agree” is not active participation).
So here is a rundown of your summer work, to be completed in this order!! VERY IMPORTANT!!
1. GO TO THE WIKI PAGE AND REQUEST ACCESS! . (http://mhsapenglish2009.pbworks.com Do this before school gets out so any problems can be fixed.
2. Read ONE of the two school wide books. Enjoy and learn!.
3. By July 25th visit the wiki page and complete the first task on satire. Read the packet on the wiki page and post your first comment on satire. Make sure you understand the concepts and intent of satire. This will help you tremendously as you complete your summer reading. ALSO, it may help to watch an episode of Saturday Night Live or The Simpsons or any other satire to immerse yourself in satire. Ask why is the skit funny and what about human beings and/or our institutions is being mocked or ridiculed.
2.Read Catch 22 by Joseph Heller: Do this towards the end of summer( End of July and August) as we will devote two weeks to discussing this text and you want it fresh in your mind! After reading the packet on satire, launch into this wickedly funny satire. While you read take note of what is funny in the book and what Heller could be targeting with this humor. You must also log on to the blog two more times as you read and respond to the different questions.
3. Candide by Voltaire: Secure a copy of this text and be ready to read it the second week of school.
***NOTE: if you do not complete the summer work and reading, you will not be able to earn higher than a C in AP Literature first semester. Part of being in AP LIT is meeting the demands of the class and summer reading is a critical component of these demands.
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