May 2016- Dear Thomas
Jefferson Parents: In Dallas
ISD, students who enroll in AP English courses are expected to complete a
summer reading prior to the course. Completing a summer reading provides
several advantages, including maintaining skills over the summer, fostering
independent learning, understanding course expectations, and creating an
initial common framework for discussion and
has requested the Advanced Placement
English Language and Composition course for the upcoming school year. For
the summer of 2016, students will carefully read the following title:
AP summer reading was created
with the purpose of students beginning instruction in the fall ready to discuss
and analyze a common text. Students are encouraged to read additional books of
their choice throughout the summer for enjoyment and to maintain literacy
skills. Students will be expected to read widely from a variety of texts
throughout the school year. Encourage your student to
complete this reading by the start of school in August. Students have been
provided with a document to assist them as they read and process their
thinking. Students will not be graded on this document but may be provided an
opportunity to use it on an assessment in the fall. A parent who has a concern with
the assigned text may contact Devon Caldarera over the summer at email@example.com
Eberhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in
advance for your support.
AP English III Instructor
Frederick Douglass’ first
biography, Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass, is a compelling tale of his journey from a birth into
slavery to a life of freedom. Douglass vividly describes the physical abuse he
witnesses and endures providing the reader with a firsthand account of the
tragedy of slavery. The narrative, through its strong use of language, details
Douglass’ self- education, the brutalities he faced while enslaved, and his
harrowing escape to the North.
ISD Summer Reading Processing Document - HS
The purpose of a processing document is to
hold thoughts throughout a reading for possible examination after completing
the text. This processing document is not for a grade but your teacher may give
you the option to use it on your summer reading assessment when you return in
the fall. As you are reading, reflect on your thinking.
In the left hand column, put evidence from the text, cited correctly. In the
right hand column, write a piece of commentary. Possible commentary stems are
listed for you. One example has been done for you with a sample text.
Frederick. Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1960. Print.
Textual Evidence (author
Be sure to use quotation
marks when pulling text directly from book.
· This reminds me…
· I notice…
· I question…
· I’m confused because…
· Any notes on diction (word
choice), imagery, details, language as a whole, or syntax (sentence structures)
· Any notes on the speaker, occasion,
audience, purpose, subject, tone, etc.
· Any other commentary or reflections
Textual Evidence (author page).
Example: “I was about
seventeen years old” (Douglass 1).
entire first paragraph of the book is about the fact that Douglass does not
know his date of birth and therefore doesn’t know his exact age.
Those facts are a part of
my identity that I take for granted. Also, the length of this paragraph
suggests to the reader the difference between other books that might begin
with one sentence describing where and when someone was born and how in this
case, that statement can’t be made.
This page is a sample document. The next page is available for
students to copy and use as needed.
Textual Evidence (author
·This reminds me…
·I’m confused because…
·Any notes on
diction (word choice), imagery, details, language as a whole, or syntax (sentence structures)
·Any notes on
the speaker, occasion, audience,
purpose, subject, tone, etc.
·Any other commentary or reflections
Advanced Placement English Language and CompositionPlease sign and return to
your current English teacher or to Mrs. Caldarera, Room 218
_____My student and I have received notice of the
summer assignment for Advanced Placement
English Language and Composition
Parent Printed Name
Student Printed Name