Summer Reading Suggestions

Mandatory summer reading assignments have been vanquished; however, there are some suggested materials for AP Language and Literature.

For AP Language:

Buy a copy of 50 Essays 4th Edition, then read:

  1. Martin Luther King Jr.’s well reasoned, Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  2. George Orwell’s reflective narrative, Shooting an Elephant
  3. Jonathon Swift’s frank, yet satirical, Modest Proposal

*A non-fiction book of your choice (see list of authors below):

(Malcolm Gladwell, Barbara Kingsolver, Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, Scott Russell Sanders, Jon Krakauer, Annie Dillard, Joan Didion, Michael Pollan, Jared Diamond, and Michael Lewis are all good contemporary choices!)

Also visit to get a good understanding of the canons of rhetoric which provide the foundation of the course.

For AP Literature:

Consider purchasing the titles on the yellow sheet:

Poisonwood Bible, Heart of Darkness, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Their Eyes were Watching God, Gulliver’s Travels, 1984, Hamlet, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead.

Also, consider reading:

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines.

After all, it’s free and linked above!

Above all, have relaxing summer and be prepared next fall.

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