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    Summer Reading 2020-2021


    Dear Students:


    Congratulations!!! You are enrolled in AP English Language and Composition.  This is a college level course approved by the College Board that will also give you the opportunity to take the AP English Language and Composition exam in May of 2021 to be eligible for college credit. To prepare you for the rigor of the reading and writing required for AP tests, college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT, and your future college courses, reading assignments are required during the summer and throughout the year. Please visit my website for more information about the course: https://evansaplang.weebly.com/


    You will be required to read a total of three selections (novels/plays from the lists below) beginning with A Mercy by Toni Morrison and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. You will then choose one from the list provided below. Be prepared for reading check tests and writing assignments for each one that you choose. Please be aware that reading online summaries and critiques of the works could lead to plagiarism if you use any insights other than your own in your writing assignments. It is a good idea to take detailed notes as you read each work (character relationships, themes, significant plot points and quotations etc.)

    Reading List: (total of THREE works – unabridged – no adapted versions)

    1. Book #1: You must read A Mercy by Toni Morrison.
    2. Book #2: You must read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
    • Book #3: You are required to read one work from the list of American Literature below.


    I would suggest researching the books and reading summaries before you make your selection.

    Book List - Choose ONE from the following list:

    The Sun Also Rises- Earnest Hemmingway

    Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

    The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

    As I Lay Dying- William Faulkner

    The Awakening- Kate Chopin

    The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood (Please check with a parent before reading)

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-Mark Twain

    A Separate Peace- John Knowles

    Native Son- Richard Wright

    Catcher and the Rye- J.D. Salinger

    A Raisin in the Sun- Lorraine Hansberry

    Their Eyes were Watching God-Zora Neale Hurston

    The Road- Cormac McCarthy

    The Invisible Man- Ralph Ellison

    How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents- Julia Alvarez

    Go Tell it on the Mountain- James Baldwin




    Eden Evans

    AP Language and Composition Teacher



Last Modified on May 12, 2020