ENG101 - Critical Reading & Writing

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Summer Reading - AP Literature 2017

1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor
2. The Great Gatsby
3. Great Expectations (MOVIE)

This course is designed to get you fully engaged in the process of critical analysis of literature-poetry, short stories, novels and plays in an attempt to discern both essential meaning and truth through the process. AP Literature is simultaneously about close and painstaking reading – learning what it means to truly “consume” a text, bones and body – and critical analysis.

You have some summer reading and corresponding assignments...


How to Read Literature Like a Professor

1. Your first assignment is to read and annotate, How to Read Like a Literature Professor by Thomas C. Foster. I would like your annotations to be unique to you. What do you find interesting? Why? Underline it. Write it in the margins of your book. This book is engaging... I want to see how you engage with it! 


The Great Gatsby

2. Your second text is The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

  1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Annotate this book by commenting on significant passages in the margins that lend themselves toward characterization or theme (thematic topics include: the American Dream, money, class status, integrity). Choose one of the four following AP prompts and write a two-to-three page essay before the second day of school (you may submit it as early as you like on turnitin.com).


     1. Analyze the role of women in The Great Gatsby, as represented by Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle. What kind of influence or power do they wield? Consider their social positions and interactions.

* Example thesis: Despite their efforts to achieve autonomy, the women in The Great Gatsby fail; their attempt to garner the rights awarded to men are not met with success. In analyzing Fitzgerald's depiction of _______, _______, and ________, it seems clear he is conveying the message that women in 1920s America were still powerless.

     2. Analyze the portrayal of wealth in the novel - the difference between "old money" and "new money" as well as the things that money can and cannot buy. What is Fitzgerald ultimately trying to say about money and materialism? What does Gatsby's rise and fall say about the pursuit of wealth and status in the world of the novel?

Example Thesis: The American Dream suggested that, with effort, anyone could achieve anything. However, this text suggests otherwise. Despite their efforts, their labor, and their monetary gains, characters in this novel are unable to see their dreams to fruition. This is clear in Fitzgerald's depiction of __________, __________, and ___________.

     3. Choose three major symbols in the book. Explain what those symbols mean and how they function together to support a central theme. (In order to respond to this prompt, you must identify the theme that is being supported.)

Example Thesis: _________, __________, and _________ are symbols which are organically unified to represent the theme that ___________________________.

     4. In retrospect, the reader often discovers that the first chapter of a book introduces some of the major themes of the work. Analyze how the first chapter of The Great Gatsby sets forth the major themes of this book.



"Great Expectations" - the MOVIE

3. Your third assignment is to watch the 2013 version of Great Expectations starring Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter. We will be studying this book later this fall, and it will help you to understand the terrain. Expect a test on this movie the first day of class (so don't watch it too early, or you'll forget the content!).

If you have any questions concerning the summer assignment or the course in general, please email me at adrienne.tigchelaar@tcslions.org.  We are going to have a great year!!