Summer Reading List/Summer work for AP Literature Summer

Dear AP Literature student,

Although you are currently wrapping up your eleventh grade year, I would like to welcome you, a bit early, to Advanced Placement: English Literature and Composition. I look forward to our journey this coming school year as we delve into rich literary texts together. The coming year will offer you a rewarding experience in reading, writing, and thinking—one that will build on the skills you have developed over your junior year while providing you with new approaches to literature that will broaden and deepen what you already know.

To prepare for the year ahead, you must complete the summer reading assignments on the next page. Summer is a time to rejuvenate, so expectations for your reading are quite simple and hopefully will be enjoyable for you. I hope that you find pleasure in reading the titles that I have chosen to start our class and that the texts become mirrors of your experiences or doors into another’s experiences. Beginning with our summer texts, my desire is that AP Literature provides many opportunities for these connections.

Please remember that the nature of these assignments will require you to work on them throughout the summer. You should not procrastinate and wait until the week before school starts to begin reading or you will not finish.

Lastly, please join our GOOGLE CLASSROOM with the following CODE: c5dny7r (This is for the opportunity to connect if you have questions over the summer and to view sample expectations. I will occasionally post a thought or picture of my summer reading. I promise it will not detract from your carefree summer days! We all look forward to those). Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.


Mrs. Thompson

**You are welcome to consult other sources to assist you in the completion of the following assignments. However, you should not read online book “notes” in lieu of reading these primary texts. I am not interested in what the writers of SparkNotes and CliffsNotes have to say about the literature. I want to hear what you think. You should analyze and interpret the literature on your own.
**Within the first weeks of class, you will be collaborating with others and writing a 4-5 page paper about these texts. The thesis and prompts will be discussed in class but your response could come from one of the motifs, insights, or images you found during reading.**

**If you would like to borrow one of the school copies of The Kite Runner, please see me in A135 to sign one out for the summer!

AP Literature Summer Reading and Writing Assignments

STEP 1: Acquire and read both novels. These can be in physical or digital form. Annotate using sticky notes or by writing in the text if it is your own.

Reading Assignment #1: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

WGHS Book Cover Kite RunnerBackground: The Kite Runner is Khaled Hosseini’s contemporary story about family and friendship that is set in modern Afghanistan, a country in the midst of crumbling due to years of devastation and conflict. Hosseini’s novel embraces the power of traditional storytelling to beautifully convey common themes about betrayal, redemption, loyalty and sacrifice, among others. Although there is a motion picture based on the novel, any seasoned reader knows that viewing it before or in lieu of reading the text often ruins the reading experience and will not be beneficial to you in the intricate study of the text that we will study. Read more about Khaled Hosseini at

Reading Assignment #2: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

WGHS Book Cover Clap When You LandBackground: Clap When You Land, written in verse, is an emotionally moving story about family, truth, identity, and the hidden ties that unite us in the deepest moments of grief. Detailing the journey surrounding the crash of a flight that unites two sisters, one living in the Dominican and one in New York City in 2001, this story touches on almost every poignant aspect of our contemporary human hearts and the journey to self-discovery. Read more about Elizabeth Acevedo at

STEP 2: 10 Journal Pages (see Google Classroom for the Rubric) These will be DUE the second week of school.

Use a single subject notebook with the style of paper that you prefer (lined, graph, blank, bullet point). You will use this notebook to create notes for the major works during this entire course, so find one you really like and that matches your learning style. Watch how to take notes HERE. Sample Note Pages will be posted to the Google Classroom for a model as well as the rubric. Create 5 pages (50 points) of these style notes on The Kite Runner and 5 pages of notes (50 points) on Clap When You Land; I recommend only taking notes on one side of the paper for neatness. You will want to be able to read, add to, and refer back to these during the year and while studying for the exam in the spring. When creating your notes, keep in mind the following BIG IDEAS that should serve as broad categories for your notes:

  • Character, Setting, Structure, Narration, and Figurative Language: EACH page should center one of these and focus on the analysis of that particular idea but can and should show connections between these ideas. Ex: Page 1: Character, Page 2: Setting, etc.
  • Remember all roads lead to controlling idea or theme (Literary Argument)
    Page Design:

    • All pages should include quoted and cited passages, key words, phrases
    • Note connections to the world, other texts, or to the text itself
      • Note the HOW and WHY of the following literary elements:
        • Character foils, allusions, symbols/motifs/recurring details, imagery, foreshadowing, narrator’s tone, diction/syntax, etc. How do these develop the BIG IDEAS?
    • Make use of colors and images (doodles and drawings are welcome)