AP Composition

Welcome to the AP Composition summer reading program.

Assignment #1

Read two of the works from the reading list below.

As you read, use your favorite method—sticky notes, page flags, a note pad, the margins of the book, etc., to track key passages you find particularly powerful. (I expect you would have about 25 or so for each work.)  These passages should reflect the following rhetorical elements: audience, style, tone, purpose, message, and speaker.  Furthermore, these passages might elicit a question from you, contain interesting allusions and/or metaphors, use effective, meaningful diction, or provide interesting facts. Do not be afraid to ask questions to challenge commentary from your author and to critique your author. During the first week of class, you will be asked to share notations and explain why you chose a particular passage. You will also have a written assignment that will ascertain the books were read in their entirety.

Be ready to discuss the following with regard to both books:

·        Why you selected each one.

·        What you noticed about writing style(s).

·        Interesting or beautifully-written passages and why you find them notable.

·        Why others should care about this book.

·        The overall message and tone of the book.


Optional Assignment:
It is a good idea to read an additional weekly news magazine such as Newsweek, Time, The Atlantic, US News and World Report, etc., and/or a reputable newspaper, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. If you prefer, you might also stay current by visiting credible online news sources. Apps are also available for major news outlets such as The New York Times, ABC News, Fox News, CNN, NPR, BBC etc. Podcasts are also a good way to keep up-to-date. In AP Composition, we routinely discuss timely topics and consider bias of sources. To participate fully, it is essential you make keeping up with the news part of your routine.


Please Note: This list was created to allow significant choice for students with varied interests. Ultimately, the choice of the title from this list is up to students and parents.

Please contact the head of the Homestead High School English Department, Nicole Vickrey, at nvickrey@sacs.k12.in.us if you have any questions.    

Reading List