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 study.

Your student 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 dcaldarera@dallasisd.org or Kyna Eberhardt at keberhardt@dallasisd.org.
 
Thank you in advance for your support.
 
Sincerely,
Devon Caldarera
AP English III Instructor

Advanced Pl
AP  

 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
Dallas 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.
 
Work Cited:  Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1960. Print.

Textual Evidence (author page).

Be sure to use quotation marks when pulling text directly from book.

Commentary Options:

· 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

EXAMPLE

Textual Evidence (author page).
 
Example: “I was about seventeen years old” (Douglass 1).

Commentary Options:

Example: The 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 page).

 

Commentary Options:

·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

 

Advanced Placement English Language and CompositionPlease sign and return to your current English teacher or to Mrs. Caldarera, Room 218

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