Junior Honors English/AP English Literature and Composition
Summer Assignment 2010
Next school year we will be doing an extravagant, yet academically worthy, amount of intense preparation for the AP exam in the spring! Therefore, we will begin our preparation over the summer, so that we are able to immediately assess and address our areas of focus for the rest of the school year.
To keep your minds active this summer and to allow us to begin moving swiftly forward at the beginning of the school year, I have created a reading and writing project to be completed over the summer. Completing the following reading and writing assignments will push your brains to think on an advanced level, but will not take up your entire summer.
Read the novel The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and the drama A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.
♦ Copies of both the novel and the drama are available for check out in the school media center (directly see the librarian to retain acopy of the novel), but will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. If you do not check out a copy at school, it will be your responsibility to acquire a copy either by purchasing it or checking it out at another library.
Write two separate essays, one using Tan’s novel and the other using Williams’ drama, that address the following open-ended writing prompt adapted from the AP exam:
♦ In a literary work, a minor character, often known as a foil, possesses traits that emphasize, by contrast or comparison, the distinctive characteristics and qualities of the main character. For example, the ideas or behavior of a minor character might be used to highlight the weaknesses or strengths of the main character. Write an essay in which you analyze how the relation between the minor character and the major character illuminates the meaning of the work.
Within both essays, you must use at least one of following literary techniques combined with textual references to support your arguments:
♦ Characterization, conflict, irony, plot development, symbolism, author’s writing style, causal relationships, point of view, figurative language, and setting.
Each essay must be:
♦ 2-3 pages (no outside sources, other than the novel/drama, may be cited within each essay)
Thank you in advance for your efforts. I look forward to working with all of you next school year.