AP Language and Composition Summer Assignment 2018-2019
Directions: There are four parts to the summer assignment. Please complete ALL parts for the first day of school. Late work will not be accepted and failure to complete the assignment fully will preclude you from taking the course. [NOTE: DO NOT work with another student, search for answers, or in any other way receive outside help; this would constitute plagiarism. Refer to page 37 of the Parent/Student Handbook for MRHS’s Honor Code policy: MRHS Student/Parent Handbook.] If you have any questions, please email Mr. Gill. Have all parts of the assignment completed before the first day of school and have them ready to be checked and used in class.
Part I: Rhetorical Analysis
Read Chapter 1 of The Language of Composition. [Link: “Chapter 1.” Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, Rhetoric, by Renee H. Shea et al., 2nd ed., Bedford Books St. Martin’s, 2013, pp. 1–38.]
For each subheading/section of the chapter, summarize the main point in your own words (This can/should be no more than 1-2 sentences each.).
Define the following 30 terms based on their rhetorical usage (you may use the internet for this part), create flashcards (non-digital), and be able to identify their use in passages.
- Declarative Sentence
- Interrogative Sentence
- Imperative Sentence
- Exclamatory Sentence
- Compound-Complex Sentence
- Cumulative Sentence
- Periodic Sentence
Part II: Narrative Nonfiction
Read In Cold Blood. [Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood. Signet, 1965.]
Within the first week of class, you will analyze the text for its rhetorical elements and significant passages, as well as answer discussion and test questions about the text’s argument, purpose, structure, and characters.
Not completing the reading or using outside sources in lieu of reading will demonstrate an unwillingness to complete AP level work and will prevent you from continuing in APLAC.
Part III: Current Event Synthesis
1. Pick a topic raised by In Cold Blood from the following list:
- The Death Penalty
- Rural America
- Fiction vs. Nonfiction
- An approved topic of choice related to In Cold Blood
2. Seek out at least 8 reputable contemporary (past 5 years) sources focused on your topic. [Link: Guide for evaluating sources.] These can be articles, podcasts, blogs, chapters, etc. that provide information, viewpoints, analysis, or other useful evidence to better inform you on your selected focus. Use your knowledge of research sources to influence your selection process.
3. For each, save the source and write either an argumentative precis [Link: Precis format and example.] or complete a SOAPSTone. [Link: SOAPSTone format, directions and example.]
You must analyze 5 sources using either a precis or SOAPSTone, and must complete at least 2 of each type. For example, you can write 3 precis and 2 SOAPSTones, but cannot write 8 of only one type.
4. Write an outline for a synthesis essay focused on the problem and possible solution to an issue presented in your sources about your chosen topic. [Link: Synthesis information and outline format.]
Within the first week of class, based on our work and discussions, you will write an in-class essay based on your summer work.
Your detailed outline should use at least 6 of your sources.
Part IV: Letter to Me
Complete the Letter to Me assignment [Link: Letter to Me Assignment.] and share it with me BEFORE the first day of school.